Hey, I was planning our dorm with my roomies yesterday and having a great time doing it, but it looks like expenses are going to be pretty high if we get all our stuff first-hand. We looked at tigerrentals and there really isn't much there. What is available isn't that much less expensive. Do you think older students will be selling some old stuff cheaper?
I hope that when it comes to furnishing the common rooms, what happened to the Princeton alum who wrote the Jan/Feb 2005 article in the Atlantic Monthly, Lost in the Meritocracy, isn't typical. His roommates (he had four) furnished the common areas without consulting him, but expected him to pay $500 for his "share." When he said he couldn't afford it, they prohibited him from touching any of the furnishings including the rug for the whole year.
How much do folks think students spend, on average, in the freshman year and each year thereafter on furnishings for the common areas?
I think it varies and I definitely think that it should be a consensus. You're supposed to talk about which room to take and whether to rotate and what to do with your common room. If problems arise, you can turn to your RCA for help.
Skillman furniture, down Alexander Street, is positively brilliant. Used furniture so there is some of every style and I got the best bookcase in the world for only 50 dollars. And a *****ing lamp. I love that place. (And they deliver)
Skillman is great, but be warned: most of the furniture looks like it came out of your grandparents basement. Prettyfish, did you happen by the green/yellow plaid couch? I cringed when I imagined it in my beautiful holder quad... muahahaha. I think i'm getting a futon and a sweet leather chair from there tom.