…and this is both amazing and problematic. When Ross and I rented our flat, it came with two wardrobes, a chest of drawers, a sofa bed, two bed side tables, a mattress and box spring that probably came off the streets. It has since be bed-skirted and I pretend I never saw it’s true state.
So, London is old. Like, really, really old. This means that the city can’t really afford large sprawling superstores or gyms without sacrificing charming little neighbourhoods or history. For this reason, it really is magical here. Until you have to outfit a flat on the cheap and then it’s all ‘wtf, where do I find clothing hangers and garbage bins that won’t cost me a fortune?!’
The wardrobes came with the room but the hangers and hooks I got at Primark. The one behind the door was £.90 and the hooks on the wardrobe came in a set of 4 for £2. The hangers were inexpensive as well at £2.90 for a set of 10 but I needed about a million of them
The laundry hamper was also purchased at Primark for £3. The plastic drawers were £12 at a random hardware store and the towels I got at Primark as well for between £3 and £7.
Our bedding and pillows all came from a store called Argos which is the closest thing to a bargain department store but it’s so weird. It’s essentially a store full of iPads and catalogues. You go through the catalogue in whatever form, choose your items, pay for them at one of 4 cashiers and then said cashier will go to a mysterious back room and appear with your stuff. I felt like the laziest person. The room is pretty sparse but we’re heading to Ikea at some point to pick up a cheapie bookcase, a shoe rack and some other stuff it pains me to spend money on. Can’t these things just appear on the side of the road?
Speaking of side of the road, London doesn’t use craigslist but a site called gumtree instead and their ‘House Clearance’ section, where people post things they need to get rid of fast, is what dreams are made of. I’m picking up a pair of lamps for £5 tomorrow. Don’t mind if I do!
Another place I fell in love with is Tiger. It’s like the Danish version of Ikea but for everything but furniture. It’s built like a maze so you have to go though the whole thing (I had absolutely no problem with this) and stuff is cheap, cheerful and cute. I bought an oven mitt (£3), a rubbish bin (£4) and some spices (£1). Enjoy some of the creeper photos I took:
And there you have it. How to outfit a flat without a Walmart but at Walmart prices. I’m patting myself on the back, fyi.