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As a Cambridge real estate agent, the city squares of Cambridge, Somerville and Medford and the town centers of Arlington, Watertown and Belmont, Massachusetts are my home turf. And as a lifelong New Englander who’s lived within twenty miles of Boston most of my life, I can introduce you to other nearby towns as we search for your new home. If you’re planning to sell your home in Cambridge, MA or nearby you’ll find plenty of info about the home selling process here too. Questions? Send me an email or call me at 617-504-1737.

Where To Buy Furniture For Your New Home in and Near Cambridge

Your real estate search is over.  You’ve found your new home in Cambridge or nearby and now you’re wondering how to furnish it.  Company’s coming and Mom and Dad aren’t going to be keen about sleeping on the couch – if you have a couch.  Buying a house or condo is expensive so you’re probably on a budget (who isn’t nowadays?) and looking for bargains.

Organic Furniture Cellar Cambridge MA

Furniture Stores in Cambridge MA

For new furniture in Cambridge you can head to Furniture Corner on Mass Ave at Putnam where you’ll find a number of furniture stores or to Circle Furniture near Fresh Pond.  Reside on Concord Ave near Huron Village is great for the modernist end of vintage furniture.  But if you’re searching for bargains you may need to look further afield.  Ikea has yet to come to Assembly Square in Somerville and a long time favorite haunt for vintage furniture lovers in Cambridge, the Organic Furniture Cellar in Cambridgeport, has closed its doors.  I took the photo above since I’m not sure how long the mural at the corner of Putnam Ave. and Pearl Street will last.   

Brimfield Antique Show is Close to Cambridge

Do you want that special antique piece to grace your new living room?  The first Brimfield Antique Market of the season is coming up – and it’s not much more than an hour away out the Pike.  If you’ve never been to the Brimfield flea market it’s not to be missed.  The main street through this small town (it’s actually Route 20) becomes one enormous antique show. People come from around the country and fill up their trucks with finds from the fields.  Brimfield is held three times a year – in May, July and September.  I’ve always thought that the May show is the one to go to since dealers have stockpiled great finds over the winter.  New England spring weather can be problematic but it’s nothing compared to the blazing heat in the fields during July.  2009 dates for Brimfield are May 12-17, July 14-19, and September 8-13. New fields open each day.  I’ll be hitting the postcard barn ( a whole barn filled with postcards!) in May for new old images like the one you see at the top of the page.

Antique furniture bought on craigslist in Cambridge MA

Craigslist for Furniture

Another great source for vintage or barely used new furniture is Craigslist.  It pays to peruse the categories regularly throughout the day since the great stuff or great bargains will go quickly. One of my favorite acquisitions is the antique secretary at right.  I think I paid $200 after finding it on craigslist.

Garage and Estate Sales Near Cambridge

Garage sales are another excellent source for newer and vintage items.  Just last weekend I came across a sign advertising a house sale in North Cambridge.  I picked up a couple of vintage bamboo tables or plant stands for $3 and $5 and a wonderful brass reading lamp for $5.  Watch for garage sale ads in Thursday’s Cambridge Chronicle and in the Boston Globe.  Craigslist has garage sale ads too but unfortunately has a high percentage of ads from over ambitious slackers who fail to get out of bed in time to start the sale at the advertised hour.  You also might want to try some suburban towns for garage sales since the quality of the merchandise can be significantly better.  I grew up in Concord and my old garage sale haunts of Concord, Acton, Lexington and Lincoln yielded many a great buy.  The Thursday Concord Journal is the newspaper to pick up for the sales in this area.  And remember – the early bird does get the worm at garage sales.

Estate sales are a secret source for the best in vintage and antique furniture at wholesale prices. If you’re at the front of the line at an estate sale your competition will be local dealers or scouts who supply area antique shops.  Typically, a local company has been hired by the sellers to price the merchandise, advertise, and staff a two-day sale that often includes most of the furniture, collectibles, and household items.  Two of my favorite estate sale companies are the Pink Ladies and Diana Sherman – both have been in the business a long time.  When you attend one of their sales you’ll be able to get on their mailing lists for notifications of upcoming sales. Estate sales in the towns around Cambridge are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays.   Plan to go on Friday for the best selection and Saturdays for some bargains if any remain. Sales are advertised in the classified section of the Boston Globe – usually on Sundays and on Wednesday or Thursday for Friday’s sales. Estate sales can be a super way to outfit your new home with quality pieces and bargain household items.

Hope to see you on the trail!

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