Buy second hand.
It’s certainly cheaper and almost certainly better quality. If a piece of furniture can survive one family and still have enough life in it to serve another, you can be sure it was well built in the first place. What’s more, by buying second hand, you take yourself out of the vicious circle of consumption for consumption’s sake where we make low quality items at low cost so we feel less guilty about replacing items because they were cheap in the first place – most of that cast off consumption ends up in the landfill and there’s a cost to that too. A very significant one, no less.
Plus, garage sales and thrift shops are a great way to directly impact your neighbourhood and community in a friendly and helpful manner. That’s what the real economy, the first economy, the one nearest you, the one of well being, is really about.