Nice! You’ve saved enough to finally get out of your parents’ house, toured a bunch of open units, and found a place you can call home that won’t kill your bank account. After you thoroughly read and sign your lease, you need to start making a list of the essentials you need for a functional place to live. 

Don’t be embarrassed to make a list - it’s the little things we usually forget at the store. You can be 18 or 68 and still come home from the store without the toilet paper you desperately need.  Stores like Wegmans, Target, and Walmart have apps where you can make a list of items you need, and where to exactly find them in the store by aisle.

For the bigger stuff, like furniture, search sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Ikea,  and Amazon deals for inexpensive pieces that’ll do for now. You can always sell it and upgrade later.

What You Need For Your First Apartment

Here’s a short list of stuff you’ll need for your first apartment, with help from rent.com

  • Mattress
  • Pillows
  • Dresser
  • Bedding
  • Lamps
  • Hangers
  • Clothes hamper
  • Shower curtain
  • Bath towels
  • Toilet paper, tissues and paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Couch/Futon
  • Garbage cans for every room
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plunger
  • Mop, broom, swiffer and/or vacuum
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Mixing bowls
  • Dish Soap
  • Oven mitts
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Can and bottle opener
  • First-aid kit
  • Tool Kit 

Notice I didn’t include TVs, electronics, art, frames, or anything you’re sure to invest in down the road. We’ve paired it down to the very basics here, so let’s keep it simple. For now, you can just use the stuff you already have to decorate your space.

Now let’s get shopping! Here are also some ideas of where to look in Buffalo to furnish your new apartment without breaking the bank.

Buffalo Facebook Marketplace 

Facebook
Facebook
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T.J. Maxx/Marshalls

T.J. Maxx
T.J. Maxx
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Buffalo a Craigslist

Craigslist
Craigslist
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Christmas Tree Shops

Christmas Tree Shops/Facebook
Christmas Tree Shops/Facebook
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 Buffalo ReUse

Buffalo ReUse/Facebook
Buffalo ReUse/Facebook
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Home Goods

Home Goods/Facebook
Home Goods/Facebook
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Goodwill 

Goodwill/Facebook
Goodwill/Facebook
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Big Lots

BIg Lots/Facebook
BIg Lots/Facebook
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Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond/Facebook
Bed Bath & Beyond/Facebook
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Target 

Target/Facebook
Target/Facebook
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 Hertel Home Consignment

Hertel Home Consignment/Facebook
Hertel Home Consignment/Facebook
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Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

Ollie's Bargain Outlet/Facebook
Ollie's Bargain Outlet/Facebook
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Walmart

Walmart/Facebook
Walmart/Facebook
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Free Stuff You Can Get From Buy Nothing Buffalo

Free furniture and other free household items you can get from The Buy Nothing Project right here in Buffalo, New York.