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Giveaway: Free Sumo Lounge Omni Chair

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So far, this has to be one of my favorite giveaways. Who wants yet another book about money when you could have a postmodern bean bag chair? Last week, I reviewed the Sumo Lounge Omni chair and Otto foot rest.

Sumo Lounge Omni PlatinumAs the review explains, the chair is a lot nicer than I expected. Currently, I am keeping the Omni in the “bed” position for relaxing while blogging.

Sumo Lounge agreed to give away an Omni chair valued at $150 to a lucky Consumerism Commentary reader. It will be delivered by FedEx directly to the winner’s door. Not only that, but the winner can choose the color. I was sent the fiery red, and I like it, but the other colors, like tangerine, platinum, funky brown, and lime green, look great from the pictures.

Here are the instructions for the giveaway.

Sumo Lounge Omni in Straddle PositionIn order to enter the contest, you must comment on this post below, leaving your valid e-mail address. As I’ve mentioned, I will keep your e-mail address private, but I need a way to contact the winner. The comment should include something about furniture, such as an entertaining story about how you acquired furniture in your first apartment.

I really like this stuff, and this is a contest definitely worth your time. The winner will be chosen randomly, and the odds of winning depend on the number of commenters. I would hope that this attracts strong interest, as I’m quite impressed with what they’ve sent me.

The giveaway will be closed to new entries at 11:59 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, October 23. The winner will be notified by email and expected to respond within 48 hours.

Update [10/17, 12:00 pm]: If you tried to place a comment on Consumerism Commentary in the last twelve hours, I did not receive your comment. You would have received an error message after submitting your message. The problem has been fixed, so please try again.

Update [10/24, 12:00 am]: The winner has been selected and notified. Thanks to everyone who visited; I hope new visitors are sticking around.

Updated January 1, 2018 and originally published October 15, 2007.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Furniture was always supplied in the dorms I stayed at, so I never had to purchase my own while at school.

avatar 2 Anonymous

My wife painted a backgammon design on my old Ikea coffee table and it really added new life to it. The design looks real professional. This beenbad furniture would be great using with this table as I could sit at a decent level to use the table as a dinner table. We live in a small NYC apartment, so this would be great.

avatar 3 Anonymous

I’m still using several tables and bookshelves that my dad built when I graduated from college 15 years ago.

avatar 4 Anonymous

I brought my parent’s black naugahyde couch, chair, and ottoman to our first house. We eventually sold the set for $50. My wife really didn’t care how many naugas were skinned to cover those pieces of furniture.

avatar 5 Anonymous

Whoops, I meant parents’. I have two.

avatar 6 Anonymous

Up until just a few months ago, I had pretty much bought nearly all the furniture in my house off of craigslist. There’s a lot of really bad stuff on there (stuff that should probably be thrown away), but I came away with quite a few gems, including my best find: a nearly brand new IKEA coffee table for about 1/3 of the original price about 2 weeks after I saw it at the store and nearly bought it.

avatar 7 Anonymous

Each time we move courtesy the military we lose a little more furniture. The first move, we lost a microwave (we think one of the movers nicked it) and our entertainment center got destroyed. When we moved here, the bottom busted out of our bookshelf and yet another entertainment center got destroyed. None of it is ever worth anything when they depreciate it, so we keep buying the crappy pressed-sawdust furniture. A beanbag would be a step up, really.

avatar 8 Anonymous

My movers lost 1 box when I moved cross-country: the one with all of the furniture hardware in it. Since then, I’ve been trying to rebuild.

avatar 9 Anonymous

I found the first couch for my first condo in the back of a furniture showroom. It was deeply discounted because the prior owners had nearly destroyed it after only 15 days of owning it! I was the beneficiary of the store’s generous return policy. They sold it to me for 70% off, and my dad cleaned it up with $5 of cleaning supplies.

Wish I could find more deals like that!

avatar 10 Anonymous

When I was a small boy, about 4, I woke up early, went downstairs, poured syrup, salt and pepper all over my parents’ new coffee table and then took a fork and jabbed it over and over. I then spread cream cheese on the underside. I’m not sure what possessed me.

avatar 11 Anonymous

Our furniture is provided with our apartment.

One night we needed a bigger table because ours was too small. So we took the door off one of our closets and used it as the table. Thankfully it didn’t shatter since it was basically a giant mirror.

avatar 12 Anonymous

my basement flooded a few days after my boyfriend and i bought our house. we had just moved in and put most of our stuff in the basement. our insurance covered the damage and we used a chunk of it to buy a new couch. i looked and looked and finally found the perfect couch–bright celery green with overstuffed cushions. on top of that, i found it at a retailer that was going out of business so i got an excellent deal.
as it turns out the fabric pilled horribly. within a few months it looked like it was several years old. less than 2 years later, the relationship is over, the house has been sold, and so has the couch.
now my roommate and i have a really cute thrifted couch that we do our best to take care of, but if it gets stained or something–oh well.

avatar 13 Anonymous

First furniture was given to me by parents & friends…which I kept for something like 9 years…How pathetic right?

Now I have nicer store bought stuff in my home.

avatar 14 Anonymous

All of the furniture in my life have been basically parental hand-me-downs right up until I bought a house. Now it’s my wife’s hand-me-downs and the one piece of furniture I picked out and bought myself. Chairs for the tv room…with cupholders! (gotta have the cupholders)

avatar 15 Anonymous

Nice looking beany.

avatar 16 Anonymous

My main man received, courtesy of their divorce, a seven foot long black leather couch from his aunt and uncle. When I came onto the scene, I had no idea what was being stored up in his parents’ basement, just waiting for our first place together…

It was pretty played out. It was in bad shape. It sucked.

Then we got cats. I won’t say that I gave them a cat treat every time they dug their claws into that piece of furniture, but I didn’t exactly correct them either.

So this abomination just got worse.

Then we had a baby. Still, I lived with it. Ripped, uncomfortable, worn, with questionable discoloration…it stayed. We are under the pressure of two professional degrees worth of student loans, so I thought our money was better spent on something else.

Finally, we had to move. After nights of heart to heart conversations about this couch, he agreed to sell it on Craigslist. For $200. No takers. $100. No takers. $50. No takers. $20. No takers. Freecycle. No takers. On the day before we moved, a guy contacted us off of Freecycle. That afternoon, two students pulled up in an old van with its doors tied together with twine and removed that couch from our lives.

Its been 5 months since that day, and it still makes me smile to walk into my house and *not* see that piece of furniture.

avatar 17 Anonymous

In college we brought our couch everywhere. My friend had a ginormous van. We’d pack the couch in it and go off and watch some fireworks. It was great fun and perhaps gives me the story I need to win some cool furniture.

avatar 18 Anonymous

Our first “real” piece of furniture was our wedding bed. My husband couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t want to sleep on the stupid full-size-mattress-on-the-floor he’d been sleeping on for two years. I basically told him that if he didn’t figure out a way for us to sleep in an actual bed, I’d leave him at the altar. Tah-dah! A real bed arrived before the wedding day! (And quite a nice one, too.)

avatar 19 Anonymous

I love stuff that is easy to move and looks good

avatar 20 Anonymous

My first apartment had some nice furniture; partially consisting of upside-down plastic totes from Wal-Mart.

avatar 21 Anonymous

Almost all our furniture came from people who were remodeling. Couches, dining room table, entertainment center, desk. We also got a few standing cupboards from Target (gifts) which I assembled.

Unfortunately, while we have a lovely bedframe, the assembly materials were shipped in cardboard bags taped to the inside of the box. We were lucky enough to find one of the bags but didn’t realize there was another before we’d thrown the box away. So it’s waiting for a run to the furniture store.

avatar 22 Anonymous

Hah! Lazy Man’s story made me laugh. We had a friend who used to do that. We would carry his couch around everywhere. Then one day we carried it to the beach and it rained. *Bad*

We ended up leaving it overnight. When we returned the next morning it was soggy, sagging in the middle, and full of fleas! (I’m hoping they weren’t there before, but like I said, it was a friend’s couch!).

Needless to say we walked right on by it and never looked back. Wow, I haven’t thought of that in a few years! :D

avatar 23 Anonymous

I actually wrote a post about furnishing my bedroom for under $1k with all-new furniture.

avatar 24 Anonymous

My first couch for my college dorm came from the dumpster behind the dorm the day I moved it. It was a black leather couch that had been mended with duck tape more times than I can count. Do my roommate and I lugged it up the stairs and placed it in our room and lovingly named it “Ghetto Couch!” Ghetto Couch became the favorite couch of the dorm floor. It moved with us five times and eventually got stuck out on the back porch and was ruined after being rained on so many times. I will never forget Ghetto Couch.

avatar 25 Anonymous

When I got married, the furniture I had in college quickly became “unacceptable” for our living room. It was discolored and mismatched, but otherwise in good shape. Since it was completely broken-in and immensely comfortable to me, we moved it to our finished basement which has now been dubbed the “man-basement”. It’s got pinball, pool, a big TV for football watching, a beer fridge, and most importantly, exceptionally comfortable, mismatched furniture.

avatar 26 Anonymous

In the category of people will take anything you leave on the curb, we put out our old pressboard entertainment center a while back. It was missing a shelf, the cardboard backing had come off, and it was plain ugly. It also rained the day we put it out, so the laminate was blistering and peeling. Still, less than 24 hours after we put it out, someone came by with a truck and picked it up.
People will always take crap put out on the curb.

avatar 27 Anonymous

My parents were great about “saving” furniture for my siblings and I, so we all lucked out. In college, both my sister and I used an old loveseat that we originally had in our living room. My first tv stand was an end table that was older than I was (and the tv was also a hand me down – it was 12 years old when I got it and now it’s 15ish and in my brother’s house). It was so nice to start out with nice furniture. Sure, it was perhaps out of date and not my style, but it was sturdy, good quality furniture. Now that I’ve bought my own, I sometimes miss that ugly old loveseat. Highly unfashionable, but incredibly comfortable.

avatar 28 Anonymous

I would love to get this for my wife, as she is a fan of lying on the floor in the most uncomfortable of ways. For instance, we have a half-dozen very small ottomans, that rise only about a half-foot off the floor. She is fond of putting several of these next to each other and lying on them when she reads or knits. I’d much rather have her in something a bit more comfortable for her!

avatar 29 Anonymous

I have thought about a bean bag before but I like the style of this chair better.

avatar 30 Anonymous

A sweet lounge chair would sure beat having to sit indian style on my new hardwood floor living room that has no furniture right now.

avatar 31 Anonymous

we picked up a bunch of antique furniture from a rich relative who was getting divorced.

living in a house with 4 twenty somethings and a dog, the furniture is no longer antique.

i bet they would have a stroke if they saw when one of the chairs break and then hit the curb on trash day.

one man’s treasure. . .

avatar 32 Anonymous

I moved into my first apartment when I was in university. The city where I lived did not have a municipal landfill nearby so twice a year the city organized “dump day� where you could put ANYTHING on the curb and they would haul it away. I arrived in town to find heaps of garbage and old furniture that was literally piled up over my head (I’m 6’3�) in front of almost every house. It was quite a welcome to a new city…

The furniture I had was a collection of mismatched family hand-me-down stuff, mostly from my grandparents’ basement, some of which I’m still using. I didn’t have any money to buy new stuff so I made due with what I had (Aside: I was able to finish a 5-year university program with only $6000 in student loans which were paid off within a year). I’m not proud so when I walked down the street and saw a perfectly good set of shelves on the curb waiting to go to the dump, I grabbed them and didn’t look back!

avatar 33 Anonymous

I have been using all second hand furniture for the house so far. All in good shape though. Would be nice to have some ‘new’ this time!

avatar 34 Anonymous

My first furniture was a 4 poster bed given to me on my 16th birthday

avatar 35 Anonymous

I read somewhere that by the age of 30 that you should have a nice set of matching furniture. Hopefully whoever wrote that will never come to my house! Every piece of furniture I have came from a different source. Some were gifts, others came from dead relatives, some from thrift stores, and even an occasional new item. My home may not look “put together”, but it’s unique and super comfy. I like it when a home looks lived-in, not like a picture in a magazine.

avatar 36 Anonymous

Hey Flexo!

This sort of relates to furniture. My wife and I go for the timeless, “antique” look generally, so we have a lot of wood furniture. Unfortunately, we’ve been collecting it over the years so there is really no unified theme or even color.

This became somewhat of a problem when we wanted to put in a hardwood floor–how in the world would anything match? We decided to go with a beautiful solid wood, natural brazilian walnut. The color variation and grain pattern is amazingly varied, from black to orange to brown to yellow and red, from stripes to knots. It is the coolest thing I have ever seen.

We bought it at a decent discount from, way cheaper than we could have gotten at a local flooring retailer. Free shipping, no sales tax :)

Shameless plug, I know, but they have made me a raving fan of their business.

Having said all this, it would be awesome to have a “modern” touch to our living room or office! So pick me!

avatar 37 Anonymous

I am currently downsizing from a 5000 square foot dream home, which I couldn’t afford, to a 1500 square foot loft, and I LOVE IT! I’m at IKEA almost every day, and I’m trying to figure out ways to put wheels/casters on everything so I can move it around all the time.

My two sons share a large open space, which I’ve divided into “pods” for them, using wire shelving, curtains, etc., and they love it too.

The furniture you show would be perfect for us and our new lifestyle!

avatar 38 Anonymous

Most of my furniture came from the side of the road, Craigslist, flea markets and garage sales. I actually saw a nice coffee table on the way to work this morning and am hoping it will still be there on the way home!

avatar 39 Anonymous

Like most kids just starting out, I had nothing of my own but a bed. Besides a hand-me-down sofa, I started out with a lot of crates. Two pushed together for a coffee table, one for a tv stand. Things are somewhat better now, I guess, but we’re still using hand-me-downs and thrift shop furniture. Living in a college town provides great furniture opportunities. College kids aren’t very attached to thier things or their money, so they throw out some good stuff at year’s end. I’ve gotten flower pots, dishes, and lamps, as well as furniture. Yay freebies!

avatar 40 Anonymous

My wife is very happy as we just bought new furniture for our house after living there for seven years. Up until now we’ve had second-hand furniture or rooms with no furniture at all (living room).

This omni chair would be a nice addition for lounging in while watching football on Sundays, although my wife might not like it in her new fancy family room. :)

avatar 41 Anonymous

I can still remember the trama of my parents getting a new living room couch. We’d had an old brown one since I was born. I loved it. The cushions came off and made the perfect fort, plus it was so comfortable. My Dad told me we were giving the couch to someone and getting a new one. I threw myself on the couch sobbing. When they came to get it I wouldn’t move off it. My Mom had to pick me up and carry me to the other room.

Mom says she was so embarrased and baffled and to my attachment to the couch. I cried for days and refused to sit on the new couch for a couple of weeks.

avatar 42 Anonymous

Our first couch was a freebie from a relative who was more relieved to get rid of it than he’d admit. It was iron gray with these ugly dirty swirls. It was a pull-out bed so we slept on it too. The thing had to have weighed 200 lbs and was rusty and smelled moldy. That old giant sat in our living room for two years before we finally moved and left it for the next indigent newlywed couple!

avatar 43 Anonymous

The only furniture that I own that was “new” to me was our queen bed when we got married (no headboard/footboard though) and my desk (on clearance). Where we live, there are alleys and people often put fantastic furniture out, knowing it will get reused. We got a fantastic armoire-type Entertainnment center from the “Alley store” – we get compliments on it and never tell our secret!

avatar 44 Anonymous

My wife’s grandfather died, leaving us one thing in his will: a large, slightly off-pink leather chair. It sits in our living room.

avatar 45 Anonymous

I bought a lay-z-boy recliner off ebay for a a hundred dollars. It was in great shape when I got it except it smelled a little like cats. After a couple sessions of febreezing, it smells as good as new (almost). But now my girlfriend always tries to sit in it too. So we need another chair(esque piece of furniture.)

avatar 46 Anonymous

Thankfully, I’ve never had to take furniture that’s been left on the curb. (not that most of my hand me downs were great, but…) And hopefully no one took the sofa we left on the curb back in college due to, um, urine stains….

avatar 47 Anonymous

looks like lots of people want this bean bag deal. I’ll go ahead and throw my hat in.

When I was in college (8 yrs. ago) I lived with 6 roomates in a big house near campus. The owner of the house sold the property to the business next door and the house was torn down after our lease expired, but before that happened, the owner let us take any piece of furniture we wanted (nothing valuable so no antiques).

I took a small table which I now use as a nightstand and I added a small hidden shelf just underneath the table to hide small valuables in case anyone broke in my house. You wouldn’t even know it was there unless you got down on the floor to look. Well, someone did break in my house last week and practically ransacked the place. But the hidden shelf did it’s job. I reached under there and everything I’d hidden was still there.

avatar 48 Anonymous

I have been lusting after these sumo beanbag chairs for at least a year.

An embarrassing/entertaining story about furniture: my grandmother had the most beautiful modern danish furniture that my grandfather had lovingly assembled from kits in the 1950s (the original ikea?). It survived decades of abuse by my father and his four siblings, and a few more decades at the mercy of energetic grandchildren. Until one day, when visiting my grandmother, I (quite gently) sat down on one of the sofas, and the whole thing collapsed, leaving me on the floor blushing and trying to be invisible. I swear, I am not a whale, I am an ordinary human – but after that, I always sat on the floor at grandma’s house.

avatar 49 Anonymous

My aunt had recently renovated her place and bought new furniture to match her new home’s ‘look.’ I ended up taking most of her furniture (still in great condition) and spent less than $100 on furniture to refurnish my entire place.

avatar 50 Anonymous

I’ve been in my house for almost six years now, and I still haven’t gotten around to properly furnishing my family room in the basement. We use to have a bean bag chair, but my son took a bit out of it and all the stuff started falling out. One of those Sumo Lounge Omni Chairs would make a great addition/replacement chair for my basement.

avatar 51 Anonymous

My first apartment was furnished with stuff people left in the dorm on move out day as well as a really comfy chair that was in the study room off the lobby of the dorm.

I’d feel bad about taking that chair if my tuition hadn’t been $16,000 a year :) And it was a really comfy chair – and it was old, so there ya go :)

avatar 52 Anonymous

I just moved into my first post-college (ie not furnished apartment) in August. I furnished the whole place for about $900 using craigslist, clearance sales and hand-me downs and my place looks amazing! The $900 got me a beautiful black leather love seat, dark wood coffee table and end table, dark wood kitchen table with matching chairs, queen size bed with the most comfortable comforter ever and a nice sheet set, a classic looking desk with filing cabinets and hutch, a lazy boy sofa bed that looks great, shower curtain and bath rugs, one nightstand, and lamp. Love my apartment, you’d never know my furniture was used!

avatar 53 Anonymous

I actually stumbled onto their site not too long ago. It looks like a great addition to any living room. Fun and very hip.

avatar 54 Anonymous

I took out a store credit card and used the 12 months now interest financing. I paid it off before the 12 months were up.

avatar 55 Anonymous

When I was in college, I used to sleep on mattresses found on street left out for garbage truck to be picked up.

avatar 56 Anonymous

Awesome! I think I could live in that, if someone would bring me food.

avatar 57 Anonymous

We have a lot of furniture with stories. I won’t put them all here ;)

I moved to AZ from NJ with whatever fit in my car. Needless to say, no furniture. I came out expecting to replace furniture through yard sales, not knowing that there are no yard sales in August in Phoenix – it’s too dang hot. I ended up with a lot of new crappy stuff. Some has been replaced, some not.

My husband was one of seven kids. His parents were quite thrifty. His dad brought home a turquoise vinyl couch from the school where he worked one day in the early 80s – it had been in the teachers’ lounge and they were getting rid of it. At some point, his mom had it recovered. Currently, it’s in our family room with a nice blanket over it, as the recovering is ugly and dirty. Comfy, though.

His grandparents had nice walnut bedroom furniture. When his grandmother started to go crazy, she sawed the mirror off of the dresser. I have the dresser (sans mirror).

Finally, in our family room (with the ancient ugly couch), we had a reclining chair. Being home through cancer treatments, I sat in it frequently. I sat in it one afternoon and it literally just fell apart. On one income (until I can go back to work), we decided not to replace it. The bean bag chair would be a comfy replacement.

avatar 58 Anonymous

Once I moved into my first unfurnished apartment I had a REALLY fun trip to IKEA. The store had just opened in my area so there were great deals and my parents virtually bought it all for me. I got a bed, two dressers, four hopen armoires, and some knick-knack things.

avatar 59 Anonymous

I remember how my parents found out I was moving out for the first time, they came home to their house to see me loading up my bed in a pickup. So I said, “Oh yes by the way, I am moving in with my girlfriend today, I forgot to tell you.”

avatar 60 Anonymous

My parents have something similar to this called a poof chair. Their is always a fight for it on family weekends.

avatar 61 Anonymous

Best piece of free furniture I got was a huge table. I was helping a friend move and their neighbor had this table on their front porch. I went over and asked if they were getting rid of it. They said I could have it for free. I have played many a poker game on that table.

avatar 62 Anonymous

My wife and I got married last December and then moved into a new apartment together. We had the most difficult time finding a couch that we liked that didn’t cost a few thousand dollars so we ended up using a blow-up mattress as our first piece of furniture for about four months while we continued to shop and then wait for the couch to arrive. I don’t think anyone has been quite as excited as we were when the couch was finally delivered.

avatar 63 Anonymous

In my living room I have a secondhand loveseat, but no couch. When more than one person comes over, I have to drag the chairs from the kitchen so everyone will have a place to sit.

I’m too cheap to buy another couch especially since I will probably be moving within the year.

My best furniture story is a desk I got from in front of a Frat house right around graduation. I dragged that incredibly heavy and battered but sturdy 6 ft long desk through three moves before finally giving up and selling it for $50 to a young couple who couldn’t lift it by themselves. I had to knock on the neighbor’s door and get him to help us take it down the stairs. I have no idea how they got it out of the truck when they got home. In a way, I sort of miss it (though it would never have fit up the stairs into my current home office).

avatar 64 Anonymous

In my first apartment, the only furniture I had was a waterbed and a stereo stand (with stereo, of course). I remember any time I would have people over, we would all have to sit on the floor. (In hindsight I can’t imagine what people must have thought who were there for the first time.) But I grew up in a relatively poor, single-parent home, so I guess I didn’t realize how meager my furnishings were at the time. Ironically, my current furniture is in really bad shape, but I feel that I can’t replace it until my…ahem ahem…24 year old son moves out! heheh (Seriously, my younger daughters are fine, but my furniture has seriously suffered under the grimy-ness of the young-adult male!) At any rate, the beanbag would be a lovely addition to my home (but I’ll admit I will have to put it in my room and keep it all for myself — muahahaha!!!) :)

avatar 65 Anonymous

my in-laws were remodeling and we inherited everything they were gonna throw out. it was sweet

avatar 66 Anonymous

My wife and her friend actually won all of the furniture for our first apartment from IKEA. They were having some kind of appreciation day (my wife didn’t even know this, we just needed furniture for our new place) and every now and again they would ring a bell. Then everyone that was online would have a chance to win their entire purchase if their register was randomly chosen. Sure enough, they got chosen and our entire new bedroom set was all free.

avatar 67 Anonymous

One of the reasons people always thought I was so poor growing up is that my bed consisted of just a mattress on the floor. Truth was, however, that I did own the rest of the bed – I just preferred the look of having a mattress right on the floor!

avatar 68 Anonymous

I was back wnen I just moved to this country and the furniture for our first apartment came from the street. I picked up a bed mattress and couch, and we had to store them for a few days in front of my relative’s house until we moved to a newly rented apartment. My relative’s neighbors were wondering if furniture is being thrown out, but were informed of just the opposite, that it was thrown out already, but picked up by us:)

I no longer have that mattress and couch, I bought new ones, but I still have one dresser that came from the street and is my favourite.

avatar 69 Anonymous

Two of the end tables and the coffee table that we have are actually the coffee table and end tables that my mother purchased for her first apartment circa 1970. They’ve since been covered with some more “hip” fabric, but you can still see the bright yellow sharp corners poking through…when I was 1.5 years old my brother pushed me off the coffee table and I bit through my lip…I still have a scar…and the coffee table.

avatar 70 Anonymous

During college I built a coffee table with a design of a Gator head using marbles.

avatar 71 Anonymous

I have never owned new furniture and my wife loves me for it.

We have been together now since 1991 and all those years my lovely wife has appreciated my expertise in acquiring a necessary seat in front of the TV without the usual expense.

Our first set we got a cloth covered simple set from a yard sale for $50.00 a fine piece of furniture back when we smoked, let the dogs in the house, and were young enough to still have drunken stupid parties at the house this furniture was one she didn’t have to worry about losing or devaluing in any way.

Three years later we acquired left over furniture from her parents for free and resold our furniture at a yard sale for $75.00. A $25.00 profit that’s what I’m talking about.

In sales you are fortunate enough to meet a lot of people, and come across a lot of people. 4 years ago was one of those times, late at night in a families home helping them with a purchase they showed me a mountain of New but slightly defective leather furniture in his backyard. The beautifull brown leather was only slightly worn on all the arms, this being the defect, the color was not holding well in the leather so all this was junk.

For $200.00 I picked up a leather couch, recliner and love seat and we’ve been gracing the furniture ever since with our potatoe esque hiney’s. Perfect furniture for a family with kids and dogs. To this day not one stain on this furniture and I bet I could still sell it at my next yard sale for at least what I paid for it.

Meanwhile the saving we’ve taken on the furniture has gone to more important endeavors. Disneyland passes for Kari and Jacob, sailing and other things for me. You can save it or have more fun with it.

avatar 72 Anonymous

I would love to get one of those for my wife who will soon give birth. Looks like it might be comfortable enough to sit or lay on.

If I win, please send the blonde along with the red lounge chair :-)

avatar 73 Anonymous

I bought a couch and a love seat from a retired couple for $50.
It was their living room set and had been for like 15 years. They had put an add in the paper (it was 1996) saying that it was for sale for the weekend and anyone interested had to pick it up before 5 PM on Sunday. I had rented a U-haul to move all my other stuff so I went over with the truck and offered them the $50 on the spot. They had been asking $75, but just wanted it gone, so they accepted and I took the couch and love seat to my new apartment.
The best part is that I still have them. After I bought my house, I put them in the family room. They do need to be replaced since the springs are all worn out, but the fabric is still in great shape. Unfortunately I think my wife is going to make me buy something new before the end of the year.

avatar 74 Anonymous

My first set of end tables and a center table came from a nunnery. Seriously.

They were/are super heavy duty white oak frames with a laminated particleboard table surface. A 2×3′ end table weighed 30 pounds.

I also scored a couple of old brown oak stools with fold-up tops.

I think I paid $200 for all of it, in great condition.

I still have all of this funiture, even 12 years later.

avatar 75 Anonymous

If you live in New Jersey there is furniture outlet about an hour’s drive in Morgantown PA I picked up most of my furniture from the outlet when I moved in to a new house.Should check it out.

avatar 76 Anonymous

My first couch was a couch pulled from the commons area of a dormitory. It was well used… but was a pretty decent foldout couch that I slept on for nearly two years before breaking down for a mattress.

avatar 77 Anonymous

Just after my mom remarried, my step-father moved us all from the urban area we’d grown up in out into the sticks onto 250 acres of tumbleweeds and cow-pies. My mom, step-father, three siblings and I all moved into a one-bedroom trailer-house. My two sisters and I shared the 8×8 bedroom, my parents bunked in the living room on a pull-out bed, and my brother slept in the bathtub. Living so far from civilization, we naturally used well-water — in an area with a high sulfur content. After just one week, the bathtub developed a permanent yellow streak from the sigot to the drain and the house was permeated with that pungent sulfur smell. As for furniture, all we had room for other than beds and a single dresser was a breakfast table and chairs.

avatar 78 Anonymous

The majority of my furniture is actually scavenged from the street. It’s amazing what people will put out on the streets here in NY.

avatar 79 Anonymous

Furnishing my first place involved taking whatever I could beg my parents into getting rid of, and whatever inexpensive stuff I could buy and assemble myself. It’s been a few years since my end tables/coffee table/dining room table/bookshelves came out of boxes, but my Dad still jokes that I wouldn’t know what to do with furniture I didn’t have to assemble myself.

avatar 80 Anonymous

I got most of my furnitures for free. A friend of mine was moving and left us with a great dining table and comfortable office chairs. Some other friends gave those ikea tables when they upgrade to sturdier tables. And of course, when my office decided to throw away bookshelves to make space for cubes, I snatched 5 of them in a heartbeat.

These free furnitures are still in excellent condition. And on top of that, they are either black or white, so it’s easy for me to coordinate. Lucky me!

avatar 81 Anonymous

Our house is still pretty much furnished with hand-me-downs, mostly from my family. Senior year of college, my husband received his first job offer which included a relocation package. He had been renting an apartment with a friend. The moves came out to move his stuff and were flabbergasted when they arrived and found that sheer lack of furniture. He had on futon which was disassembled, a foldable table and a foldable bookcase. All of his other possessions pretty much fit into two boxes. I think it was the smallest moving job the company had ever done!

avatar 82 Anonymous

Bag looks really comfortable and would go great with my red curtains.

avatar 83 Anonymous

Looking around our home, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a total cheapskate. Not one piece of our furniture was purchased new. Hand-me-downs, craigslist and freecycle define our decor. Fortunately I have a wonderful wife who somehow pulls all of these varying styles together. It would be fun to challenge her with an oversized beanbag chair!

Thanks for all the great posts…it’s a great way to pass the time and learn how to be more cheap…I mean, live more cheaply. Frugally. Whatever.


avatar 84 Anonymous

When my wife and I got married and moved into a new place, we had very little furniture. All of my previous apartments had been furnished. We ate thanksgiving dinner sitting on the floor around a coffee table. We chose to save up our money and buy when we had funds to pay for stuff instead of going into debt. We also took advantage of second-hand stores like Goodwill to keep costs down.

avatar 85 Anonymous

This sumo lounge is exactly what we’ve been looking for for kids and adults in the theatre room. We like this much better than a bean-bag chair! This has so much more class and really many other uses. Thanks for the heads up on this great product!

avatar 86 Anonymous

Nice chair. I remember the old BeanBag chair from my college days. My friend sat on it really hard and it shot the stuffing everywhere – what a mess. I do think the Omni looks more comfortable and would be interested in trying one. Nice.


avatar 87 Anonymous

I used to have a chair that we called “angryman” – This chair would literally go out of it’s way to cause stubbed toes, banged knees and damange to anyone that wasn’t already sitting in it.

Angryman was put in storage. Ironically, about 3 months ago, the storage unit angryman was staying at was burned to the ground. 25 units gone with all of their respective contents. There was,however, 1 survivor: You guessed it – Angry man. The wooden recliner had barely a whiff of char on it. It sat there suspiciously as if IT had caused the fire.

We’ll never know.

avatar 88 Anonymous

I recently bought a condo and I’m now filling it with furniture, which has been a fun, yet tiring shopping experience. The Sumo Lounge Omni Chair would be a great addition and conversation piece to add to my living space.

avatar 89 Anonymous

While living in a mostly-student apartment complex, we had a couple of quiet international students who lived 2 doors down. When they graduated to move back home, they dumped most of their furniture next to the dumpster. I don’t think they even made it back in their door before people swooped down to grab things. I was just getting home from work, and found a neatly disassembled Ethan Allen table sitting back behind everything else. All it took was a thorough cleaning, and the table is in near-perfect condition.

avatar 90 Anonymous

This is a long story about my furnishing my first apartment. When I got my first real job out of college I moved into my first non-furnished apartment. I had an air mattress and a few odds and ends that my parents gave me from the attic but no real furniture. After graduation in May I placed all of my belongings in storage for a couple months while I traveled around, and then rented a large U-haul to complete my move in time for my mid-July start. I stopped to sleep halfway through my 15 hour drive from school to the new town and noticed across the street there was a furniture store going out of business having a liquidation sale. I decided to investigate the next day before setting out. One of the perks of my new job was that I got a $5k signing bonus. I also had a few hundred dollars in graduation money from my various relatives. After paying for deposits and fees for my storage location, apartment, truck rental, and an engagement ring for my soon-to-be fiancee I had a couple thousand left. Mind you, this money was indicated to me in a letter offering me employment (which I had formally accepted). I walked into the furniture store and with the help of my girlfriend picked out a whole house full of furniture for $2,500. I got a queen bed w/ mattress, dinning room table w/ 4 chairs, sofa, coffee table, 2 end tables, a futon, and a buffet table. I had made a killing, I even didn’t have to pay for delivery because I already had a half-full U-haul sitting outside. In all I got furniture with a retail price of over $7k for $2.5k. That day I finished my drive to my new apartment and moved in. Three days later I started my new job and the first thing that happened was I got called into the facility director’s office where he told me that regrettably they had run out of fund to pay for signing bonuses. My jaw must have hit the floor. At that point I had spent all of my money plus $5k (on credit) except about $20 in my wallet. Thankfully, to compensate me I was given a raise to my base salary that would, over time, pay me back the whole signing bonus (an in the long term end up with more money), but I carried that credit card balance for over a year before I could pay it all off (at over 15% interest). That sure taught me to never count my chickens before they hatch.

avatar 91 Anonymous

When I was young, money was tight, so my parents were not above a bit of dumpster diving. They once found a “perfectly nice” armchair that someone was pitching (alas, the poor little green naugas that gave their hides for it . . .). It wasn’t until they got it home that they realized that some precocious child had scrawled “Firetruck” (just misspelled it, since they forgot the “iretr”) across the back of it in huge letters . . . presumably the reason it was being disposed of in the first place. It still found a happy place in our home, it just always stayed against the wall.

avatar 92 Anonymous

The entire time I grew up I had hand-me-down furniture. My bed was my grandmother’s old one, the dresser from my aunt and so on. So when my hubby and I bought a house we went crazy and got all new furniture. A little hard on the check book, but it felt great.

avatar 93 Anonymous

My wife and I are moving on Friday and we have been in the process of getting rid of much of our old dumpy furniture on craigslist. Including an old recliner that I absolutely loved. So I need a replacement and the Omni sounds perfect!

avatar 94 Anonymous

I’m a college student. Right now my living room contains an armchair from circa 1970 that I inherited, two folding lawn chairs, and a rickety desk chair my mother’s office was going to throw out. I spend more time on pillows on the floor than on my furniture.

avatar 95 Anonymous

My first apartment out of college was furnished incredibly cheaply: I used a twin futon frame from a friend, bricks & boards bookcases, and a super-ugly (but cheap!) dresser from Goodwill. It was the first time since I was 4 that I had my own room, and it was heaven to me.

Since my furnishings were all scrounged, when I moved cross-country (via Amtrak!) three years later I was able to leave it all behind without a twinge of regret!

Now, nearly 15 years later, I do have furniture I’ve paid a bit of money for, but nothing that I can’t leave behind if my restless urge hits again.

avatar 96 Anonymous

What a great item! I love the work you have been doing on the site and these giveaways are a great way to drive comments. Good thinking!

avatar 97 Anonymous

I want this! I NEED this! Ever since my millionaire girlfriend kicked me out 2 months ago, I have been painfully reminded that I left without furniture. Now, in the shabby apartment I have rented (it’s so bad that they send free trial packs of methadone to everyone when they sign a lease), I am set to worry about germs, bed bugs, and of course, mattress springs that attack me like I insulted someone in their family. BUT YOU CAN HELP! Just send me that thing, now. In Black. Thanks!!!

avatar 98 Anonymous

this looks great. it will look even better in my sad empty living room.

avatar 99 Anonymous

I’ve been able to furnish my apartment almost completely with new furniture that was discounted due to damage (usually scratches that could be easily touched up).

avatar 100 Anonymous

This will be a great replacement for my 25 year old vinyl couch in the basement.

avatar 101 Anonymous

The bane of my existence are our 2 filing cabinets. They represent clutter to me since my wife’s papers from the last 10+ years of school and work are crammed inside. Next up is a free desk we got, but never use, except for yet more papers.

avatar 102 Anonymous

I look at that chair, and I can see my son and I sitting on it reading a book. It looks so comfy!

Our first apartment was furnished (thankfully) so we just purchased an end table and a desk from Walmart.

avatar 103 Anonymous

I just moved to DC for a year, leaving all my furniture back home in St. Louis. Mercifully, I only have to furnish my bedroom. I bought the mattresses separately (the box off craiglist, the top mattress I had to rent a minivan and drive an hour to pick up in order to nix the delivery fees — was about $10 cheaper to do it this way and NOT worth it, I know now). I found a free desk on Craigslist, but the best part of my bedroom furniture is this: my aunt inherited a bunch of random asian-inspired furniture (read: black furniture covered with big, painted flowers and with scenes of Asian women near ponds, etc. glued to the sides) which she gave me for free. So my room’s overall ‘decor’ theme is: mismatched bed meets heavily scarred old desk meets Asia.

I think the modern bean bag would be a nice touch. Plus I have nothing but the bed to sit on at present.


avatar 104 Anonymous

please enter me thanks

avatar 105 Anonymous

Me, Me! The lady over in the corner waving her hands wildly!! This would make an excellent Christmas present.

avatar 106 Anonymous

no college but the house has been furnished almost entirely through craigslist

avatar 107 Anonymous

What a great item! The furniture in my first apt. came from my mother’s house, my dh house, yard sales, and maybe even someone’s curb. I wasn’t too picky!

avatar 108 Anonymous

The first bit of furniture my husband and I bought after getting married were two butterfly chairs, and that was after 3 years of marriage! They were perfect for our tiny college apartment (or ‘compartment’ as we liked to call it).

avatar 109 Anonymous

My husband found a tot-sized table on the street in Brooklyn when I was pregnant. He came home right away and painted it. This behavior was totally unlike him. We moved twice before our daughter could actually use it and each time I suggested we get rid of it, he acted like I was trying to kill his puppy. Needless to say, he got plenty of satisfaction, because, in the end, it is the single most useful piece of baby firniture we own. The million tea parties it houses daily is a testament to my husband’s stubbornness. Thanks.

avatar 110 Anonymous

Growing up my sister and I slept in the bunk beds my dad used as a child. When I moved out of the dorms my junior year I had to sleep in this tiny little junior bunk bed that my feet hung off of! My grandparents certainly got their money’s worth on those beds.

avatar 111 Anonymous

My husband and I got married and 5 days later moved to Boston. We knew we were only going to live there a short while so we decided not to buy a bedroom set. We spent 8 months on an air mattress. That air mattress was filled with air 2 times and it never had a leak. The good news was I only spent $23.00 on the thing.

avatar 112 Anonymous

We were too cheap to buy any furniture so we bough a blow-up couch, the thing leaked from the first time we sat on it.

avatar 113 Anonymous

I started out with the random collection of other people’s old furniture (mostly my parents’) too. My favorite was their old couch – it was going on 30 years young when I had it several years ago. When I moved to my new house with my husband we got a bigger couch and the well loved one has found a home with one of my sister’s friends. We still talk about that couch. It was sooo cool. Navy blue with goldish colored designs. Very low back and the cushion was just one long piece. Ah the memories….

avatar 114 Anonymous

About 8 years ago, I moved into my first apartment that I was able to fully furnish on my own. I went off to Ikea for most of it, and in an effort to make my stuff less cookie-cutter, I got some stencils and paint and worked on the dresser drawer fronts. I also got some drawer pulls that I felt went along with my embellishments.

It should be noted that I am more of an engineer than an interior designer.

Recently, my wife decided that she was less than pleased with having dressers that “looked like they should be in a 10-year old’s room with pictures of unicorns on the walls” and repainted them to look a bit more… sensible.

I admit that the glitter paint was a bit much, but I maintain that the star pulls looked pretty cool.

avatar 115 Anonymous

We went in major debt to purchase our first furniture. A free chair is definitely in our budget now.

avatar 116 Anonymous

For my first apartment living alone I spent the first month sitting on the floor in my living room until my parents picked up a love seat and chair up from the curb. I also bought a lazyboy recliner for $5 at a yard sale and then spent a couple of hours scrubbing it with upholstery cleaner to get the animal smell out of it. My table and chairs came from yard sales as well. I would love this to have a cozy place to read.

avatar 117 Anonymous

My house is filled with a hodge-podge of remnants from my parents and in-laws. This chair will look great next to the 1970s couch in our living room.

avatar 118 Anonymous

We’re living with the remnants of furniture no one else wants except for my Love Sac. Unfortunately my Love Sac is slowly dying!

avatar 119 Anonymous

Ok this would be great for playing games in the family room.

avatar 120 Anonymous

When I bought my first bed with bed frame the company claimed that they couldn’t make the delivery date because they crashed the truck and while my bed frame was intact my mattress is completely broken. Either the mattress rescued the bed frame or someone is lying because they ran out of the mattress that they first sold to me

avatar 121 Anonymous

Oh now that is one comfy looking share for someone like me who prefers sitting on the floor to the couch. I know, I’m weird but in my defense I AM 6′ tall and there’s too many kids on that couch!!

avatar 122 Anonymous

My mom found an old barber chair at a flea market and gave it to me. I treasured this unique piece for years. Wanting to keep costs down in our latest cross-country move, I impulsively got rid of the heavy barber chair via craigslist. I am so mad at myself!

avatar 123 Anonymous

My husband “inherited” me with a sofa. My best friend was replacing her furniture including the sofa bed where I always slept when I was in town. She gave it all away to her neighbor, but told him he had to take me with it as it was my bed… that was 13 years ago. :)

We threw that sofa away about a year later.

avatar 124 Anonymous

The majority of our furniture was either hand-me-downs from friends or family; bought from yard sales or thrift stores.

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avatar 125 Anonymous

My in-laws Golden Retriever ate our couch several years ago. I came home and it was shredded. It was particularly painful as my Mother had recovered it for me when I moved into my first apartment. My husband told me recently that he had always disliked it anyways because it was (in my opinion a nice shade of) pink.

avatar 126 Anonymous

My husband and I have the ugliest couch known to man. When I moved in after we got married, I guess I married the ugly couch as well!!

avatar 127 Anonymous

Furniture. We are slowly at a point in our life where we are getting rid of our old pre-married and early-marriage “crap” and starting (slowly, I might add) to enjoy the “finer furniture” of life. This would be one of those “finer furniture” items, perfect for our family room!

avatar 128 Anonymous

Ooh, we’ve been keeping an eye open for something that would fit nicely in our reading nook next to the fish tank and bookcase but everything is too big. This would be perfect!

avatar 129 Anonymous

The last beanbag type chair we had in our house was a cheapie kids’ version. We went on vacation and I couldn’t figure out where the horrible cat pee smell was… for some reason they all seemed to go on the poor little beanbag. I tried to wash it but ended up tossing it. I promise to treat the Sumo better if I win!

avatar 130 Anonymous

I have a big stuffed rocking chair that belonged to my parents for many decades. My Mom reupholstered it a couple years ago when I was pregnant for my DS’s nursery. I’m hoping to move it into DD’s nursery now that I’m expecting her in December. This bean-chair would be a great replacement for the rocker in DS’s room!

avatar 131 Anonymous

I ordered a couch and waited for weeks for this couch to come. When it finally got here the deliverers where carrying it in through the door when I heard a loud ripppppppppp. They had caught the couch on the door handle and ripped down the entire back of the couch. Back it went into the truck and another couple of weeks later, a new one came.

avatar 132 Anonymous

My first set of couches was given to me for my first apartment because our old cat peed on them and they stunk. I was so used to the smell that it didn’t bother me, and my roommates eventually learned to live with it.

avatar 133 Anonymous

Just last weekend my husband and I replaced the bedroom suite in our bedroom that I got when I was 13. That was 20 years ago!!! It’s nice to have a change :) less girly…

avatar 134 Anonymous

My last beanbag chair was a gift from a boyfriend who had ordered it from out of state for himslef. When he opened the box it was MUCH bigger than he realized and too big for his small house. He was unable to stuff it back in the box for the return shipping so I got it. I had it well into my marriage (to someone else.) I LOVED that thing!

avatar 135 Anonymous

Comfy looking pillow! I would love to throw it in the mix of furniture in our living room!

avatar 136 Anonymous

I need this so much!

avatar 137 Anonymous

I am still using furniture from college – this would look great in my living room!

avatar 138 Anonymous

Heh- I am sitting in my living room furnished with a couch and coffee table bought off Craigslist, folding chairs, a 3 piece antique sofa (another CL find) that is desperately in need of reupholstering… I’ve also been known to pick up items off the curb that look interesting. Oy! Help!

avatar 139 Anonymous

Giveaways! Horray! This is by far the most exciting giveaway you have done! I have a short list of medical issues that make most furniture uncomfortable to sit on for any length. Perhaps this would be the best answer to all my problems, and make all my dreams come true.
Love the blog! Thanks for all the financial tips!

avatar 140 Anonymous

What a great looking piece of furniture! It looks so versitile and comfortable.

avatar 141 Anonymous

Perfect, nary a corner to bump your tush.

avatar 142 Anonymous

Being 24 my husband and i have all different types of furniture, from nice expensive stuff down to build your self things from IKEA. Currently we are getting baby things since im pregnant with twin girls!

avatar 143 Anonymous

Great looking beanbag chair. I remember having something like that years aog. My son would love to sit on that and watch a movie.

avatar 144 Anonymous

Great chair!

Most of our furniture has been from garage sales and assorted hand-me-downs. My favorite story is that we once got a cabinet on the side of a road that was actually part of the set we owned!

avatar 145 Anonymous

I have been lusting after these fatboy-type chairs for ages now but the cost has been an issue. As the mom of three boys, this would be considered a throne in my home! Hope I get chosen!

avatar 146 Anonymous

The first set of furniture we bought as a married couple was from IKEA…talk about fun fun fun…putting it all together!

avatar 147 Anonymous

Our first pieces of furniture were collected from family members that were willing to share

avatar 148 Anonymous

It would be nice if the giveaway was based on a good/helpful story about furniture *and* personal finance. It’s not, but here’s mine anyway.

For my first post-college apartment, I wanted to get furniture that would make the best use of the space I had (one bedroom, since the rest of the house was furnished by my roommate) while being innovative and keeping the spending low (so I could pocket as much of my job’s relocation allowance as I could). I knew I would be spending a lot of time in front of my laptop, but I wouldn’t need much desk space and I also wanted to sit on something comfortable. SO a standard desk and chair were out. I bought a Norwegian leather reclining chair with ottoman at a discount since it was a floor model and I was buying a few other things from that store. I bought a little table that is only big enough for a laptop and that is designed to be pulled over next to a chair and over your lap. I bought a storage ottoman with the top that flips over to be a flat lid, and I am using it as a nightstand. Instead of dressers I bought the nicer-looking fabric closet sweater organizers and a few other easy to move minimalist storage items, all from Bed Bath and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon for each). My only splurge was on the Tempurpedic bed; I figured if I was spending 33% of my day in bed, it may as well be a good experience.

avatar 149 Anonymous

My first furniture was “hand me down” stuff from friends, parents, etc. Then I bought my own. Not particularly nice…but new. Now my hubby and I are in the process of getting nice, new furniture. Ditching the pre-married stuff! This would be a great addition to our NICE furniture!

avatar 150 Anonymous

One of my favorite pieces of furniture in my house is a handpainted chest of drawers in my 2 yr old daughter’s room. My mom painted it for me when I was a little girl and I had it in my room. She added a few touches and gave it to my daughter Sophie to have in her nursery.

avatar 151 Anonymous

Like most young couples, we started out with a trip to Ikea and some hand-me-downs. Over time, we started replacing that stuff with *real* furniture, things that showed up assembled and sturdy! But now that we have one toddler and another babe on the way… the cheap stuff isn’t lookin’ so bad. Especially with crayons and Play-Dough everywhere! This awesome chair would be a great addition to our family room – perfect for snuggling!

avatar 152 Anonymous

My parents gave me brand new bedroom furniture for my son when he was born. We are talking plush, cherry wood, beautiful furniture. Within 10 months, my son was eating everything and has scraped deep stripes in ALL FOUR sides of his crib. And this was supposed to be the furniture that transforms into his lifetime bedroom furniture when he is older.

avatar 153 Anonymous

My parents ‘dontated’ me their den furniture and then purchased new furniture as soon as I was out of the house. It was good for both parties. I saved money by not having to invest in furniture and I benefited from their purchase because I helped break it in for them.

avatar 154 Anonymous

I’m all about being cozy and this chair looks cozy for sure. My early marriage apartment decor was lovingly referred to as “early modern world war II”. You know, the discarded ugly green couch with one broken leg that nobody else wants.

avatar 155 Anonymous

My favorite piece of furnature (which we still own) is my husband and I first bed. This consisted of a twin box spring with a queen mattres. We slept on this until we could afford a “real” bed one with matching box spring and mattres. We even splurged on a headboard. When we have guests they get the luxuray of sleeping on our “first bed”.

avatar 156 Anonymous

so my only furniture is one of those loveseats that is really comfy, but once you sit in it, you can’t really get up. haha! :) I’d hate to guess how old it is or how many owners it’s had! :)

gotta love college furniture! :)

avatar 157 Anonymous

This looks so comfortable. I’d love to have it.

avatar 158 Anonymous

My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years and have never bought a single stitch of furniture. Everything we own is a mix of things that were kindly “donated” to us by our friends and families. I’m so excited because we are finally going to make our first purchase together — a mattress and box spring set for our bed!!

avatar 159 Anonymous

At 31, I’m still using hand-me-down furniture. :( I would love to get some new furniture & this comfy chair would be a GREAT start!

Good luck to everyone!

Jennifer :)

avatar 160 Anonymous

When we first got married, we had a baby right away. And since we lived in a furnished apartment we only had to buy a crib, so we bought a wonderful German crib. But when we moved, we needed everything else. Someone gave us a weird, half reapolstered loveseat, and we slept on a papasan cushion together, lol. Those were the days!

avatar 161 Anonymous

Well, our first apartment didn’t have too much furniture at first. We had a hand-me-down sofa from 1990, it was 2002 at the time, and we eat dinner on the floor. No table, but slowly we’ve gotten furniture. This would just be perfect to add to the tv room.

avatar 162 Anonymous

I recently moved out of my parents house to an apartment. As a result, the only real piece of furniture I own is a computer desk I bought in college. So, if I win the chair, that will be part of how I acquired furnitured for my first apartment, haha.

avatar 163 Anonymous

Most of our first furniture were hand-me-downs which were hideous. We “upgraded” to our dumpster dive finds and a few Ikea pieces until we’ve inherited the good stuff.

avatar 164 Anonymous

I still pick up random furniture on the side of the road. I found an amazing cabinet for my records that we are refinishing!

avatar 165 Anonymous

Living back home again, with two kids this time – looks like the perfect room for our new space….

avatar 166 Anonymous

The furniture in my home has history and stories built into each piece. Aunt Sylvia whispers behind one, Grandma Frances sits in a shadow of another and even Uncle Henry relaxes next to the last. This would be a new furniture item with stories unwritten.
Thanks for this chance

avatar 167 Anonymous

I think giving old furniture little new touch(depends on an item) and just keeping some things from your childhood home or from a dear aunt or grandmother in your home, like old sewing machines or etc gives it just a bit of sweet home feeling a bit of history.

avatar 168 Anonymous

We acquired our nursery furniture through friends- How awesome that their much loved furniture is a living reminder to us and our baby (born in Korea) that there were a lot of cooperating hands that brought him,into our lives as his lucky parents. My dad made a shelf and his dresser. One friend gave us her mother’s rocking chair. We acquired our changing table, and crib from other friends as their baby outgrew them. How cool to say isnt it great that they gave you this.

avatar 169 Anonymous

I just found out 2 days ago that the sofa and recliner that I thought I had purchased from a furniture store sidewalk sale had the “sold” tag removed and was sold to someone else. Now I have nothing to put in front of my TV. I really need to win this one!

avatar 170 Anonymous

I had only floor pillows for 4 months when I had my first place and this looks like a great alternative.

avatar 171 Anonymous

This takes me back to when my parents bought our first house. I spent some time using a sleeping bag on two vinyl beanbag chairs from a department store while space issues and renovations were being worked out.

avatar 172 Anonymous

my first apt. was my parents mother in law apt above their garage. I was still in high school when i moved into my space, and got my furniture from my spanish teacher. anything else i got were christmas presents.

avatar 173 Anonymous

I was just out of college and was lucky to snag a job. Hoever I had just moved to the bay area and the sky high rents shocked me. I knew rightaway I could not afford brand new furniture. So craigslist here I come. Here come the funny part. My job was with a consulting company which meant I could rent a swanky SUV all expenses paid. Imagine the shock on the guys face when I show up in a nice car and agree to pick up a old couch for FREE !! He stil had a preplexed look on his face as I drove away :-)

avatar 174 Anonymous

I’m still use plywood and milk crates. Have some pity :)

avatar 175 Anonymous

I’m still loving with my mom so I don’t have alot of my own furniture, but by far my favorite piece is this old striped chair from my grandpa’s house. He had Alzheimer’s and wouldn’t get rid of the chair so we had to sneak it out…he never noticed it was gone!

I am such a fan of beanbags and they make them so much cooler than they used to! I would love to win!

avatar 176 Anonymous

I feel like I will really be a real adult when we start buying our own furniture. Everything we own has been handed down by our parents or has been given to us as gifts. You’d think starting a career, getting married, buying a house, having a baby or turning 30 would qualify you as an adult… but no, I feel like buying your own furniture is the real milestone. Still waiting for that one.

avatar 177 Anonymous

My mom’s dining room table still has a scorch mark from when I was playing with the Hanuka candles and knocked one over…a good 20 years ago.

avatar 178 Anonymous

My first room away from home was my dorm room which featured a 3-tier bunk bed. I had the top and it was so close to the ceiling that I couldn’t even sit up. In this same dorm room we purchased a bean bag that we had to fill ourselves with those oh so staticky foam balls. Needless to say they were everywhere and staticky styrofoam does not vacuum well. Another piece of furniture that I still remember from my childhood is my parents Naugahyde couch. In the summer you stuck to it and as it got older and cracked, it would pinch you. Good Times.

avatar 179 Anonymous

Most of the furniture in our house is a freebie or hand me down from family. I identify with the military family who said their movers lost or broke something everytime they moved… same here. I’m thinking with a sumo at least they couldn’t break it.

Actually, I was researching this item because my 15 month old daughter loves to lay on me and snuggle when I’m on the floor. My husband has been deployed most of her life and I love to cuddle with her and play around. This would be alot more comfy than the old quilt we use now.

avatar 180 Anonymous

my first furniture in my first apartment was as many handme downs as i could find! It was a collection of all different colors and styles. It was pretty sad looking! I kept it for a few years too!

avatar 181 Anonymous

My first furniture purchase was made shortly after I got my first job. I was looking out of the window from my apartment to a thrift store across the street. There was a HUGE Circle chair sitting out front and I just had to have it.. well turns out it didnt fit into our doorway and I ended up having to have the boys downstairs help me hoist it with ropes onto the roof of the building before we could haul it down into the building. Sadly that chair is prol still circulating in that building. It was soo cute. :(

avatar 182 Anonymous

i bought a red microfiber couch and loveseat that i adored and my then-boyfriend-now-husband hated. when we moved to our house from the apartment, we had the terrible idea to move the red furniture upstairs rather than keep it downstairs in the living room (because my husband hated it so much). in the process, we ended up completely destroying the corner of a hallway and snapping the sofa in two because we broke the frame trying to move it through a space that was not big enough to manuever it in. needless to say, he hates it even more now!

avatar 183 Anonymous

we bought almost all of our furniture for our first house on craigslist and garage sales. We’ve saved a fortune, and if something gets ruined, it isn’t a disaster because we have a few hundred dollars in the furniture, at most!

avatar 184 Anonymous

We’re still in our first apartment, furnished by craigslist, Wal-Mart and Target. We wanted a nice couch though, and called every furniture store in the area to see who would give our chosen couch to us at our price. We found one salesman who did it!

avatar 185 Anonymous

I furnished my first apartment with hand me down furniture. I was the 3rd owner. Needless to say the furniture had seen better days.

avatar 186 Anonymous

I am married to a cragslist JUNKIE!! I can’t think of a single piece of furniture we have (to sit on, that is) that wasn’t a “find” on craigslist – except our 2 comfiest computer chairs were lifted a from a nearby DUMPSTER!! I’m not complaining (too much) – he uses the money he saves and puts it to good use, but OOOOOO that Sumo chair looks good enough to eat and it’s making me salivate!! PICK ME!!!:)

avatar 187 Anonymous

Our starter furniture was all secondhand and when my husband deployed to Iraq I bought a new sofa because I wanted to have something nice for him to come home to.

Thanks for the chance.

avatar 188 Anonymous

My husband and I have never bought a new piece of furniture for ourselves. The only thing we’ve ever had NEW was our bed, but that was a Christmas gift. Right now we are saving up for a new couch (among other things), but a new AWESOME bean bag would be a cool addition. Our house is ground central for our group of friends, so it would be sat on all the time. :)

avatar 189 Anonymous

Sad story: My husband and I have been married for 8 years. We have 3 young children, two dogs, and a cat. Our cat is not declawed, but he also never bothered with our furniture. We had never had “new” furniture up until a few months ago. We always used hand-me-downs. We finally saved $1100 for a new couch and loveseat and I adored it!!! We went to bed the first night we had it in the house and when we awoke…. the cat and scratched up both pieces horribly. Now we have lovely “new” ruined furniture. My heart was broken. And had my daughter not loved the cat so much, the cat would have been broken too!!!

avatar 190 Anonymous

There are only two pieces of furniture in our house that were bought new: our mattress and boxspring (though the headboard is from craigslist), and a TV stand. Everything else is hand-me-down/thrift store/craigslist/freecycled. Makes me question how grown up I really am…

avatar 191 Anonymous

My first apartment in college was furnished for the first half of the year with lawn furniture bought on sale at the dollar general.

avatar 192 Anonymous

This would be awesome to use in the babies’ room. Yes, twin girls, 5 months today!! It’s hard to sit on the floor all day with them but we don’t have room for a traditional chair…

avatar 193 Anonymous

WOW my son would LOVE this…we have not been able to replace everything that Hurricane Katrina took from us, and I know that he would love to have something of his very own, not to mention not having to lounge on the floor anymore~ thanks for the opportunity!

avatar 194 Anonymous

This chair looks so comfortable. I would love to add it to my family room!

avatar 195 Anonymous

That is the coolest thing!! I hope I win! We have hardly any furniture!

avatar 196 Anonymous

Our first furniture was awful, huge junk from a store with “three years same as cash!” The furniture barely made it through those three years. We now have a mix of great quality hand-me-downs and thrift store finds (all re-finished in some way) with new higher end items. I learned quickly that you get what you pay for!

avatar 197 Anonymous

Buying furniture for our two boys has been tricky since we live in an older houses where space is limited. Something like this would be perfect for our boys or even for my classroom.

avatar 198 Anonymous

My husband and I are having a very important and serious debate about what kind of furniture to put in out newly finished basement :)… I would like make it a comfortable sitting room, while he wants to turn it into a bachelor pad rec room (ugh). That awesome Sumo Lounge Omni Chair might be the perfect compromise :-)

avatar 199 Anonymous

My wife and I are in the process of getting our game room upstairs outfitted. This would be a perfect movie watching “chair”. Thanks for the chance.

avatar 200 Anonymous

It’s really sad, but at age 38, most of my furniture is still hand-me-down. We purchased a dining set and a Lazy-boy chair new, and that’s it! The charcoal green Sumo would match my second-hand-but-still-new-looking couches nicely.

avatar 201 Anonymous

I would love this chair. It looks so cozy. We bought a new house, and were a little deceived by the size of the basement. We bought new couches, and when we got them down there, only the loveseat would fit. Bummer. So, I now have a TV room/family room, with a loveseat, and nothing else. This would be perfect.

avatar 202 Anonymous

We are poor newlyweds in our first apartment, with our first baby on the way. All of our furniture has been a gift or a hand-me-down, except our bed and bookcases. Our “sofa” is an old twin bed with an old mattress and old sofa cushions leaning against the wall, so we fight over the glider rocker that is supposed to be in the nursery. I’m letting my husband win, hoping he’ll love it so much that he will be eager to get up with the baby in the middle of the night. :D

avatar 203 Anonymous

As I’m still in the renting stage of my life and find myself moving virtually every year, I’ve determined that agile/mobile furniture works best. The hand-me-down sectional (“L”) couch I received from an uncle being a perfect case in point. The longer side of the L wouldn’t fit into my last apartment, so my couch is really only half a couch. Ah well. It’s better than the egg crates we used in college.

avatar 204 Anonymous

Our first apartment was all hand me downs & things from my hubby & I’s childhood. Our friends gave us our couch, our kitchen was from my parents. Our tv’s & bed were from our bedrooms. I think our first piece of furniture we bought was after our first christmas together. My hubby & I both received Sears GC’s & we ended up buying a nice entertainment center.

avatar 205 Anonymous

Here is funny story about our “world’s most uncomfortable couch”. It actually belongs to my husband who (before we met) went shopping for a couch. We went to the store and got talked into buying a couch from a catalog. It cost thousands of dollas and he waited for a month for it to arrive from Italy. It looks really nice and trendy but it so not comfortable. You would have to change postions every several minutes to get the “right position”. That is where it got its name. We have new sectional now but still keep this couch. It is now used as a changing table for our son.

avatar 206 Anonymous

Well, as far as furniture goes, we received our couches from my in-laws, and I don’t know if I plan on getting new furniture for some time. After having our first child, and him deciding to pee everytime I changed his diaper on the couch, we might just have to wait until our children are grown. Oh well, kids are definitely worth it though!

avatar 207 Anonymous

Given that I’m in my first apartment, most of our furniture is a sad collection of hand-me-downs and Ikea. The only thing we really paid for was a pretty nice futon with (with a mattress that had springs). We use that for a couch, and now some of the springs are loose inside and poke you when you sit down. It’ll be nice when I have enough money and space to get decent furniture.

avatar 208 Anonymous

I must confess that my favorite chair is a little hot. I was just out of college and living in a duplex. I had just finished my final semester, in which I was forced to take a Music Appreciation class to get my COMPUTER SCIENCE degree, regardless of having plenty of credit hours.

So I came home one night and saw my neighbors sitting it on an immediately recognizable chair from one of the college lounges. I was like “is that from …” and they were like “yes it is, somebody had it out on the side walk”. They had taken it because they didn’t have a lawn chair. I happened to have plenty and arranged a trade.

So there I was accepting stolen goods, but in my mind the University did the same thing when they cashed my check for that Music Appreciation class I had to take. I’m sure the University, the law, and my priest might see it differently but I haven’t lost any sleep over it yet. Especially after my sister recovered it in a lovely, flashy red upholstery.

I hope an ill-gotten gain does not preclude one from the contest. :-)

avatar 209 Anonymous

I’ve actually looked at these before and asked for one for Christmas last year…but Santa didn’t bring it…I got a Kitchenaid mixer instead. Makes great brownies, but not that comfy to sit on!

I’m 33 years old and we still have hand me down furniture in 85% of our house. The kids even use my old stuff from when I was young. I like to say we are a recycling family.

avatar 210 Anonymous

Awesome chair. I’d love it in the playroom.

We’re slowly being more grownup about our furniture. I still have some stuff that I found on the street from my first apartment, but much of what’s in the house I actually paid money for! As we progress with our remodel I’m sure there will be some things that I just NEED to have for the new spaces and some of the old stuff will be passed on.

avatar 211 Anonymous

The first piece of furniture I ever bought was a drafting table while in college.
3 years later I was able to purchase my second piece, the much coveted (by me) Noguchi coffee table.
I pick out furniture for others to purchase all the time. It saves me from wanting to redo my house every 3 months. My brother-in-law and wife, who would really appreciate this type of chair are just starting out and can’t afford it. My design services are their wedding present.
If I won, I would be so happy to visit the Omni Chair at their new house.

avatar 212 Anonymous

My first apartment had all included furniture (looked like hotel-type stuff) but my grandad did buy me a computer desk. Well, it was one of those put together ones, and my mom and grandad took 3 days to put it together, and just “no, no”ed me anytime I tried to volunteer to help. It stayed with me through 3 apartment moves. Now that computer desk is in my grandad’s house with my mom’s computer on it!

avatar 213 Anonymous

We are in our first house so are slowly accumulating more furniture. This looks like a fun “chair”!

avatar 214 Anonymous

I’d have to say that after purchasing our new home three years ago we are still awaiting “good” furniture in our living room. I’d love to have something to add.

avatar 215 Anonymous

This is really embarrassing, but when we were first married All of our furniture came off of my hubby’s college campus! They were updating the furniture in the student lounge and we got all the castoffs. As soon as our daughter was born I realized how nasty that furniture probably was, so we bought some low end new stuff. After two kids, we’re still strapped and so we love any gentle used decor!

avatar 216 Anonymous

Furniture, well we started with none. Bought a nice bed which led to kids and now all of our furniture is kid friendly.

avatar 217 Anonymous

this sumo lounge looks soooooooo dreamy and comfy. we’ve been looking for a chair for our son’s room and this would be perfect.
here’s my furniture story –
my mom gave us a sofa and rocker when we got our first house. i really liked it and it was comfortable. then a few years later we got a new sofa and loveseat so mom’s sofa and chair went downstairs to the basement for the kids to use when they had company over. it was really great until one fateful weekend. our daughter was a girl scout and we had an overnight camping venture. we had a dog and i set up a nice area for him downstairs with plenty of food and water and toys and blankies and we had him leashed to a pole so he wouldn’t tear up the basement. i asked my best friend to stop by a few times a day (we were only going to be away for a day and a half) to let him out and get some fresh air. well, when we got home we opened the basement door and up comes our dog. we were so happy to see him we forgot he was supposed to be leashed and then out of nowhere he began heaving like he was going to throw up. before we knew it, he threw up all over the place. we rushed him outside and when i started to clean it up i noticed it was greenish. i went downstairs to get some rags when i saw the carnage. the dog was left loose (because my friend thought it was inhumane to leave him tied up – mind you he had a 15 foot lead) and he ate – i mean literally ate the sofa cushions, pillows, and all kinds of other stuff. sadly both the sofa, chair and the dog had to go in the same day. (he had eaten other things in the past but my sofa and chair were the last straw)…

avatar 218 Anonymous

The Omni reminds me of the first piece of furniture I owned, a beanbag chair, when I was about 7.

I got it at Christmas, and I can still remember walking into the living room at my grandparent’s house and there were 8 boxes, each one holding a different bean bag for each of 8 kids/grandkids. I still don’t know where they found the paper to wrap all those boxes, but I had that chair for about 20 years…wish I still had it.

avatar 219 Anonymous

Story of furniture for my apartment? That’s an easy one – I have none! I’ve been staying on a friend’s couch for the past months, and at the moment, I’m house sitting. However, just tonight I’ve found a place that is really appealing to me – I’ll have a new job, a new place to live, and a new piece of furniture would certainly be icing on the cake.

avatar 220 Anonymous

At first I had my stuff that I brought with me from my parents home. Then when my Boyfriend and I wanted to change the look. We bought one piece at a time for the bedroom set and etc.. It took us about a year and a half to redo the place but we finally got some better looking furniture. I love this Omni chair, I really need a place to relax and unwind. We have a hammock which my now husband loves but I don’t like being in the cold so this chair would be the answer to my dreams. So PLEASE pick ME!!!

avatar 221 Anonymous

These bags look amazing! My family would love it (especially my daughter if she could pull me out of it). Pretty much all of the furniture in our house except our living room couch has been inherited from someone else who was getting rid of it. It would be great to have something NEW! :)

avatar 222 Anonymous

So my husband and I both brought furniture and other things into our marriage. The only thing we didn’t have was a couch. My parents decided to let us use their futon as a couch. That thing is horrible!!! It is hard and uncomfortable and so when we moved yet again we decided we wouldn’t take it with us. This was to motivate us to buy a couch. Well, here we are almost 2 months into our apartment and still no couch! (We also don’t have a dining room table but that’s another story). We are using an office chair and a rocking chair inthe living room until we can find the time to get a couch. I guess this isn’t funny except that our living room has turned into an extension of our baby’s room with a pack and play, swing, bouncer, and exersaucer all piled into the room with the TV. Who has room for a couch?

avatar 223 Anonymous

My husband and I are both grad students, so much of the furniture we have is stuff we’ve made ourselves (a coffee table and a GIANT bookcase) or Craigslist finds. Our bed is new, however. I couldn’t go so far as to sleep on used mattresses. Scary!

avatar 224 Anonymous

All my furniture is hand me down and my dog just ate a hole in my sofa, so some new furniture would be great.

avatar 225 Anonymous

this thing would be great for a game room!

avatar 226 Anonymous

We love to check out the furniture online and sometimes purchase!! Would love to win this Sumo Lounge Omi Chair!!!

avatar 227 Anonymous

I bought a futon in college and then left it when I was moving out b/c all the other furniture was furnished. I still regret not taking it with me! Would love this chair though!

avatar 228 Anonymous

Love the giveaway!

My 1st apartment was furnished almost exculsively from a variety of thrift stores or throwaways, with a bit of Target thrown in.

Not all that much has changed…even though it’s 10 years later (and two kids) now it’s Ikea and Thriftstores…and a giant lay-z-boy that was a castoff….. :)

avatar 229 Anonymous

i currently have no furniture in my room, but i did ruin my ex-roommate’s comforter when i duck-taped her in while she was sleeping.

avatar 230 Anonymous

THis would be great when playing the Xbox. I would love to be chosen.

avatar 231 Anonymous

With two suitcases in hand, I entered the US as a foreign graduate student. I spent a week sleeping on my classmate’s bedroom floor while hunting for an apartment. During my 3rd week in Memphis, I saw an ad for a 2 bedroom apt. and answered it. It turns out that the roommate left town in a hurry and left a bed, a study table, chairs and a small cabinet. For the next two years of my life, I used his furniture and received more kitchen stuff from the Filipino families that “adopted” me. Not bad huh?

avatar 232 Anonymous

My first apartment was pretty sad! LOL

I had a 7 ft couch that was an ugly green that weighed a ton to move around. It was given to me by a friend and it had belonged to their grama and had been stored for ages. They also gave me a winged back orange chair. Nice combination huh! Thank goodness for throws!

I bought a nice old coffee table with a drawer at a garage sale. Bought a rattan swag/swinging lamp with dark tan colors. Had an old trunk that I draped a square tablecloth on and set my TV on. I purchased a small stereo cabinet made of pine for my stereo and LP’s and 8 tracks. I’m trying to blink that image out of my head now.. LOL

That looks fun to lounge on…
Thanks for the giveaway :)

avatar 233 Anonymous

This isn’t a story about furniture of mine, but if I am so lucky as to win, I am going to attempt to sit like the girl in the red omni chair for as long as possible- isn’t furniture suppose to be comfortable, she looks like she’s trying to invent a new yoga pose…

avatar 234 Anonymous

my grand idea during my senior year of college was to build up a pile of pillows big enough to function as a chair. i actually amassed enough and it was a hit with friends and random guests alike. i did some of my better writing from it, too. this sumo chair seems right up my alley…

avatar 235 Anonymous

For our first house, we received quite a hodge podge of “hand-me-down” furniture. We’re very thankful for it, as it’s met our needs. The chair looks really comfy! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

avatar 236 Anonymous

Oh my gosh the furniture in my first place was just awful! The couch was this horrid black, red, and yellow striped thing and the dining table looked like something from a 1950’s diner! I think if I won this Omni Chair I would use it the same way you are. It looks so incredibly comfy!!

avatar 237 Anonymous

My husband and I got our first couch and chair (matching!) for free from an apartment landlord who was getting rid of them. Neither of them had legs so they were raised up on cinderblocks. Truly a young married couple’s furniture set. We stored canned foods underneath since they were up so high. They were comfortable, but I daresay this chair looks even more cozy.

avatar 238 Anonymous

I love to furnish our house with modern stuff mixed with some vintage, but my absolute favorite piece is a small table I got for $20 at the hospital thrift shop a few years ago. I think its from the 20’s.

avatar 239 Anonymous

When we began our married life, we were not sure if we were going to stay in that city for long, so we decided not to buy any furniture. Instead we rented … and kept on renting as year followed year! I know – big rookie mistake. But we did it! Finally we bought a house, furnished it beautifully. And guess what? We’re moving! Murphy’s law never worked better :)

This chair looks like it’ll withstand the vigors of travel – so, count me in! Thanks,
~ abookworm

avatar 240 Anonymous

My stuff was all donated by family members who were unloading stuff on me. Luckily, it was all pretty nice and not your typical “unload” stuff!

avatar 241 Anonymous

Believe it or not our first furnature was cardboard boxes that we used as tables and chairs for the first few weeks of my husband and I living in our apartment. We just had to wait a while till our actual furnature came in a moving van. It was pretty entertaining.

avatar 242 Anonymous

Too cool! I’d love to have this in my apartment. Not just a lounge chair, but also something to talk about!

avatar 243 Anonymous

All of the couches that we have had in our house were handed down to us! The one that we currently have is very trendy, but very uncomfortable. I think that the only new furniture that we have in our house is my three years olds nursery furniture!

avatar 244 Anonymous

We recently sold all our living room furniture knowing we would be buying all new furniture when we moved. Well, our house hasn’t sold yet and our living room is still empty.

avatar 245 Anonymous

My house looks like a frat house do to all the mismatched, freebie furniture. There’s the wooden tables from my mom, the futon from Freecycle, the recliners from my mother-in-law, the couch from a friend, two bean bag chairs that my mom gave us for a wedding present… In short, the sumo lounge would fit in perfectly.

avatar 246 Anonymous

When we moved into our house, we did not have a couch. I wanted a couch, but we couldn’t afford one. A few weeks later, our neighbors put a couch out to be picked up by the garbagemen. I have no pride. I walked over and asked if we could have the couch.

So we do. It is a little beat up but it works and I like it.

avatar 247 Anonymous

I’ve never really had to purchase my own furniture, since I never had to live alone. So no funny stories from me. :(

I wrote about your contest here: link
The more, the merrier! I hope that gets me a double entry. ^^

Do you ship worldwide?

avatar 248 Anonymous

We recently moved from Kentucky to Kansas. We brought no furniture with us. Our landlord, bless his heart, gave us an old couch and loveseat. I am not complaining but the loveseat is a 70’s floral print. I cannot sit on the couch for very long without a backache. We really NEED some new furniture!

avatar 249 Anonymous

The first furniture we put in our first home was an cat-hair covered recliner from my boss (which we covered with a sheet), 1 tiny end table, 2 bar stools (which came with the place from the landlord) and a twin futon mattress. Yes, a twin. I got to sleep on the futon mattress (on the floor)and my husband slept next to me on a pile of comforters. After about a month we saved up and went to the Salvation Army and bought a used but sanitized full sized mattress. It sagged in the middle and we would both roll into the middle of the bed. Those first few months were a little tough, but fun.

avatar 250 Anonymous

How about a not too funny story about furniture. My MIL would rearrange my living room furniture on a regular bassis. She thought her places for everything were better. So I would come home from work very tired, and woul have to put everything back. This happened on a very regular basis. Why would that woman never give up?

avatar 251 Anonymous

When I moved out into my own apartment for the first time I had no furniture at all–only a mattress, bedside table, and stacking cubes. Dorm life works for gathering “stuff”, but that “stuff” needs a place to go.

So by complete chance, the first weekend in my new place was also the weekend my city allowed people to throw out large items without paying for them. So because of this I was able to get a recliner (that lasted a month), a dining room table, suitcase, and a desk chair all for free. “Trash to treasure” is a great way to get furniture. I’m hoping to add this Omni to my sparse quarters.

avatar 252 Anonymous

When I lived in New York City, I furnished my apartment, as well as those of a couple of friends, with curbside finds. We all bought our own mattresses and couches, but tabels, bedframes, desks, mirrors, anything easy to sanitize or repair can be had for free, some of it very stylish.

avatar 253 Anonymous

I had these really awful hunting duck throw pillows in my first apartment. My BFF and I had many giggles over those pillows…

avatar 254 Anonymous

All hand-me-downs for my first apartment, but nothing as miss-matched as my husband’s first apartment. None of that made it into our first home.

avatar 255 Anonymous

My first furniture was obtained through dumpster diving. We had this orange-floral couch that was so comfy, but so very ugly.

avatar 256 Anonymous

My 7 year-old wicked stepdaughter wrote her name, “Zoe”, in black Sharpie on my favorite comfy red sofa. :(

avatar 257 Anonymous

I would LOVE this!!! My husband is so finicky about chairs that we don’t have any in our living room. Well, we do have one chair that’s not that comfortable, but it’s designer, and he gets on my case about how I get on and off the chair. We sit on the floor. I’ve sat on the floor throughout an entire pregnancy and nursing a child. I would like something comfortable to sit on, so please randomly select me!

avatar 258 Anonymous

This looks like the best piece of furniture. How fun!

Okay – first furniture story –
When we moved into our first apartment, we had nothing. My Dad’s ex-wife (not my mom) happened to live close to our new apartment and offered us her old dining room table and chairs. She eventually gave us her washer and dryer. Needless to say, we have a great relationship with my Dad’s first wife – even going over for Thanksgiving some years. Just proves that people can bond over furnishings.

avatar 259 Anonymous

My first place was a married-housing apartment at a small midwestern college campus. Think circa 1955. Anyway, we needed to bring our own furniture to compliment the piece provided by the school – a beautiful taupe vinyl couch with an odor that could be best described as ‘wet pet’. We had no money, of course, so we went to our families and aunts and uncles and asked if there was anything they could donate that would fit into a very very very small space.

By the time we were done – they had all taken pity – and coordinated their efforts. We were furnished….. :)

I love my family!!!

avatar 260 Anonymous

My first apartment was filled with hand me downs and garage sale finds. Twelve years later my home is still filled with hand me downs and garage sale finds, only “new to me” ones. This chair looks awesome!

avatar 261 Anonymous

When I was probably in 3rd grade my parents had just moved our family into a new home where we all had our own rooms! (I had previously shared with my younger brother). I even got my own mattress, but had yet to get a headboard or bedset, so my bed was a mattress on the floor.

This was awesome. I could bounce and do flips and cartwheels and all kinds of sweet jumps and moves with my bed on the floor!

One day I decided to do a dive-leap into bed. I overshot a little bit and ended up smashing a nice foot sized hole into my brand new bedroom wall.

Needless to say I ended up with about a foot sized mark on my bum courtesy of my parents! I also learned everything about putty…(to fix the whole). Never would have happened if I had had a real bed. Or watched less teenage mutant ninja turtles

avatar 262 Anonymous

I have a piece of furniture that I’m a sort of infamous for among my friends; my ‘grey steel shelves’. Years ago I bought a couple of packages of those assemble it yourself shelves that were probably meant for the garage. I use them in my living room where they hold my TV and stereo and other related stuff like tapes and DVDs. The assemble it yourself nature means I’ve been able to rearrange the shape of these shelves over the years as needed. Move shelves up/down, make it twice as wide or deep, no problem. A screw driver and pliers and its done in a few minutes. Lots of flexibility, cheap, and a talking point for my friends when they discuss my taste in furniture.

avatar 263 Anonymous

In my first apartment, I didn’t have a sofa, but after I got married I felt the need to “set up house”, so we put the word out that we needed any spare furniture friends might be getting rid of.
What we got was a 20-year-old sofa that looked like it was covered in orange and brown burlap. The reason it was up for grabs was because it belonged to our friend’s uncle, who had recently died. He actually had died while sitting on that sofa. As soon as it was brought into our house, our cat at the time went nuts and started clawing it all over the place, even though she had never done that sort of thing before. It made me wonder if she smelled some dead-ness or something.

avatar 264 Anonymous

I am considering a getting this sumo bean bag. I would be cool if I can win one. Your reviews helped alot. Thanks.

avatar 265 Anonymous

I am a 33 year old mother of 5 and I have NEVER had new furniture!!! This would be a great start!!! It looks so comfy and I am sure I would have to fight the kids off of it!

avatar 266 Anonymous

I am still looking for funiture for my apartment. So far still looking though Room and Board and Design within Reach. This chair stikes me either for someone extra to sit around the TV or for sitting down in to reach a book.

avatar 267 Anonymous

When my roommate and I moved into our first off campus apartment we were at a loss for how little we actually owned. Much to our surprise, and not a day after moving in, there was a bright pink goodwill furniture advertisement hanging on our front door.

Looking back this doesn’t make much sense, but we drove my truck down to the store deciding then and there not to return with out some sort of couch. We found this horribly tacky 70’s couch, just perfect for a hipsters first bachelor pad.

The hilarious thing about the entire goodwill furniture sale experience was the free knickknacks that they were “giving away” with every purchase. I can proudly say that for the last few months, our living room features one 70’s retro couch, and a porcelain pig dressed in a confederate civil war uniform and proudly saluting.

His name is Officer Porkins. Beyond that, don’t ask.

avatar 268 Anonymous

I’m 19 and am moving out in the next few weeks. :) I need this.


avatar 269 Anonymous

I don’t have any entertaining furniture stories, but I do have a 15 month old boy who would love a bean bag. Is it drool proof?

avatar 270 Anonymous

This chair is great! I made something similar in college using an XXXXXL pair of sweat pants, stuffing them with bean bag beans and sewing the waist and ankles shut! It looked really funny when someone was sitting on or against it.

avatar 271 Anonymous

When my husband and I started dating I noticed he had very “unusual” furniture. He said most it was from his college days when they just made do with what they had.

One of the weirdest pieces was the breakfast table. It was a painted door with PVC legs. Now THAT’s fine college living! :-) We still have most of his stuff but that had to go.


avatar 272 Anonymous

All the furniture in my apartment has been handed down to me. My couch and lazy boy was my grandparents, then my parents, and now mine. You can imagine how old and outdated they are! But free is free!

avatar 273 Anonymous

In my first apartment I didn’t have enough money at first to buy a mattress, so I slept on a blow up with a slow leek. Every morning I’d wake up sunk in the middle of the mattress down to floor with the mattress that still had air in it surrounding me. I had a sore back for months.

avatar 274 Anonymous

I slept on the floor in a sleeping bag in my first college apartment. I could have slept on the couch but I was pretty grossed out by the smells that still lingered from before my roommate rescued it from the side of the road…

avatar 275 Anonymous

We just moved cross country into an apartment (compartment) about 1/4 the size of our old house (1100sq ft >300 sq ft). We had to ditch the couch, queen bed, chairs, DR table, and most of the kitchen items. This would be a welcome addition to our space, as there’s little in it except a goofy dog, an evil cat, and two adults with no place to sit.

We stand around in the evening eating ice cream from the container with our two spoons (the rest are in storage and the bowl is in the sink).

On the bright side we miss the stuff, but we’ve got more “space” than before…

avatar 276 Anonymous

Thankfully the first furniture I needed for my first “on my own” place came from my Dad. He pretty much gave me the furniture he hadn’t gotten rid of in the dozen or so furniture purchases he has made over the past decades. My room looked like a 1980’s Wheel of Fortune prize gallery (remember the rotating gifts that people had to choose from?). But it was furniture that worked so I was grateful!

avatar 277 Anonymous

We sold our couch and loveseat on craigslist over a month ago and have been sitting on the floor since then, while we look for new furniture. My back hurts so much! This chair looks so comfy and I think it would look great in our empty living room!

avatar 278 Anonymous

I have been married 35 years and have had the same furniture for 35 years. Boy, would I love this!!!!!

avatar 279 Anonymous

That is such a cool chair! So versatile and comfortable looking! It would be great to have – to be able to move around where ever you need it and use it in a variety of ways. With a few “yung’ens” around the house, it would be so fun to have around!

avatar 280 Anonymous

My first apartment was furnished by the landlord. He seemed to believe that a dresser and a desk were the same thing because they both had flat surfaces.

avatar 281 Anonymous

I LOVE this omni chair! WOW! I dont have a funny story about my first apartment furniture, but about the first time my cat decided to sit on my husband’s prized Italian leather chair. Too bad he hadn’t been declawed! Ok, maybe it was only funny to me?

avatar 282 Anonymous

I am the tallest one in a family of 5 at 6’1. My parents and my 2 sisters are all below 5’6. However I am the only one with a twin sized bed still. Both my sisters have queen sized beds and of course the parents are on a King sized bed. They must dislike me (jk) :( haha I have just never seen the need for a larger bed yet.

avatar 283 Anonymous

The very first time I was to ever buy furniture, my boyfriend talked me into letting him pick it out. While I was at work, he went to a Consignment Store and got a puke-green velvet couch with matching chair! WHOA, was I surprised! I wasn’t expecting that at all. Now, years later, vows have been exchanged and I am stuck with the velvet couch. I am expecting our first child and new furniture is now a must, maybe a new chair will make my hubby reconsider buying all new things.

avatar 284 Anonymous

Furniture, ah what a concept. It’s meant to provide a nice comfortable appealing place for a person to sit down. As the mother of 4 small children, I have a different outlook on just what furniture is…It is a springboard for little boys, the wall of the castle for little girls, a dumping ground for lazy adults, a napkin for goey fingers and mouths of all little people, and a soft place to throw a tantrum. As for me, the Mom, it is a soft place to bury my head when the day has gotten to rough.

avatar 285 Anonymous

Sweet chair!

As this is a personal finance blog, I just found $0.61 between the cushions of my couch. How do I record this? Unrealized funds?

avatar 286 Anonymous

This furniture is awesome, got a place in mind for it already. One of my pet peeves is inside furniture outside, for example, couches on front porches…you know what I mean…

avatar 287 Anonymous

A furniture story? How about this one. I had a matching set of a couch, loveseat, and a chair and when I moved I let my boyfriend, at the time, keep the chair. He put it in the garage and left it there. I come to retrieve it weeks later and there was a dead bird on it…ugh! So the chair got thrown out! It was disgusting!!

avatar 288 Anonymous

I love this in the fiery red!! My furniture comes from all kinds of places. One of my favorite bookcases was found on the curbside for trash. I grabbed it up, sanded it, and spray painted it. It held all my scrapbook stuff in our last house.

avatar 289 Anonymous

Hand me downs, Hand me downs, Hand me downs! This seems to be the way I get most of my furniture. So something new and nice would be awesome!

avatar 290 Anonymous

Living in SF in the late 90s in the Western Addition/North of Panhandle there was always furniture in the street. I lived in a shotgun apt. with three roommates and our community furniture was almost all street-furnished. There were two nasty couches in the living room when I moved in. Two years later we found another slightly better one on the street so we brought it up the flight of stairs to our apartment, brought one of our old ones down, went back up, came back down to get a last look at the one we’d taken outside, and it was gone.

avatar 291 Anonymous

When i bought my first home, i didn’t have any money left over for furniture. So we used the godawful college crap that i inherited from a roommate for 2.5 years.

I also refused to pay $1,000 for a bed frame, so our box-spring sits directly on the floor! but atleast i splurged on the mattress ;-0

avatar 292 Anonymous

I am such a furniture magpie. I think most of the pieces that I have are given or found….one day I may actually do the grown up thing and buy some, until then I have my hotch potch of stuff!

avatar 293 Anonymous

I remember my first couch, in fact I still have it. When I moved out of my mothers house I went to a Garage Sale and saw this brownish couch. I did not have one yet so I asked how much, only 20 bucks! I was sold on it!

That was over 5 years ago, I still have it and it has affectionately received the title of ‘The Butt Eater’, from me, my now husband and my son. It sinks so low lol but its so comfy.

avatar 294 Anonymous

In my current house, which is a great little hide-a-way guest house that I rent, the only couch and coffee table were both picked up off the street! The couch was on the lawn of a neighbor’s home to be trashed on the large item trash day (its practicallly new) and the coffee table was left for trash near a concert venue!

avatar 295 Anonymous

My husband and I moved into our first tiny, one bedroom apartment with NOTHING. We sat on the floor eating cereal. We were pretty young. We went to the local Goodwill store and purchased a used couch and chair. Other furniture items were obtained from garage sales. Now, finally, 11 years later – we have all of our OWN furniture!

avatar 296 Anonymous

Please enter me! Here’s something about my furniture: My husband and I were at a yard sale and found this great coffee table you can store stuff in for $35. We were newlyweds and couldn’t believe our luck. Then later, some of his parents’ friends told us they had an entertainment center to get rid of and asked if we wanted it (they knew ours was particle board and falling apart). We said yes and went to pick it up. Guess what? It matched the coffee table like they were made for each other! It was great. They are still in our living room and are among our favorite pieces of furniture. Our couch, by the way, is the same one that was in my husband’s college dorm and we had our first kiss on it when we were dating. Then my mom recovered it for us and it’s like new! It has sentimental value :)

avatar 297 Luke Landes

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