Rugs make the room, don’t they? In fact, they’re usually the first place to start when you’re decorating a space. Professionals always start with the rug and then choose paint colors and furniture to go along with it.
I’ve had lots of practice buying rugs over the years, since we move so frequently. Sometimes a rug that works at one house just won’t fit at another. Sometimes we have all hardwood floors in our home and need lots of rugs (like now), and sometimes our entire house is carpeted and we put them in storage (or sell them).
There are a few items in my house that I’d never consider selling, but rugs generally aren’t on that list, so when we move, I sell the ones we don’t need any more on Craigslist or Marketplace, and then I buy new (or new-to-me) ones.
My first source is to find used rugs, either at a local thrift shop or online (Craigslist and online yard sales are my go-to places for buying and selling). I find some great deals this way–and all of the rugs I’ve bought look brand new.
I have several great online sources for new rugs that won’t break the bank; I’ve shopped at each of these and can personally vouch for the quality of the rugs I’ve received. Most of them have no (or very low) shipping, and they usually have extensive online reviews so you can read about the color, feel and quality from other purchasers.
Here are my favorites:
Overstock | Amazon | Joss & Main | Wayfair | World Market | Walmart | Nordstrom | Boutique Rugs | Pottery Barn | West Elm | HomeGoods
I’ll also share a few of the rugs we’ve used in our own homes after the photos; it always helps to see how they work in real spaces.
Let me know if I missed any of your favorite places to find rugs, and thanks for stopping by.
Curious if Abdullah is still the rug man to Americans in Germany. I believe he was somewhere near Ramstein/Kaiserslautern. He usually came to the Spouses Club functions. Of course you probably haven’t had too many luncheons since you arrived there. Hopefully soon.
I’m not sure…you are right that we haven’t had ANY luncheons. They haven’t even allowed the vendors at the PX to come in to sell since they are German businesses and have been forced to be closed since last November. Sadly, they’re going out of business left and right. I’ll keep his name in mind for future reference, though. I always need a beautiful rug!
What is the name of the rug shown in the bedroom photo and where did you purchase it? Just what we have been looking for! Great post.
We got it from Wayfair (link is here) and love it. They have several different sizes and free shipping. Hope that helps!
I’ve bought rugs at Home Depot and Lowes. I’ve ordered them, but they also have some in the stores.
Good one–I’ve had a few smaller rugs from them, too!
When you sell rugs how do you determine the selling price?
Hmmm, well, it really depends on a bunch of factors, like how much I paid originally, the size, the condition it’s in, and how quickly I want/need it gone. I tend to underprice things so they go quickly (so usually under $150 for rugs) but that’s because once I’ve decided I’m done with something, I want it out of the way! You can always start high and lower the price if you don’t get any action. The faster something sells/the more people are interested, the more likely it is to be underpriced. After a while, you start to get a feel for it. Hope that helps a bit.