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WHAT TO TAKE?       started by acorns on 28 Aug 2006   (9254)
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From acorns

28 Aug 2006 11:50 PM
(39220)
Hi all Now that is a question! Some say take everything, others say buy second hand when you get there. We are undecided. Can any of you help us to chose. We are taking all our daughters' belongings. Our own bed. All our kitchen appliances are integral apart from new washing machine. Should I take this? We need new sofas, so I guess we will wait and buy there, or would it be better to buy them here? Our dining table is a must - lots of memories of family confrences ect. What about the bedroom furniture - pine wardrobes/chest of draws etc. A lot of the rentals appear to have builtins, so do you think it is worth it? We also have a lovely electric fire, but will we need this down under? Please any ideas or advice on this gratefully received. Nicki and Dave
From Marshy

To acorns

29 Aug 2006 12:21 AM
(39225)
I would say if you are paying for a container, bring the lot. Those sofas that are old you might be grateful of to fill a corner in a new games room. If you don't plan on doing the full container then you will have to be a bit more brutal. I brought everything and was glad I did although I am still adding to it!!
From steveandclare

To acorns

29 Aug 2006 1:13 AM
(39229)
we came with nothing and it has cost about $15,000 to fully furnish our 4 bed house from scratch. We are glad we didn't bring anything because alomost all of our UK furniture would not have suited an Australian house, the furniture being too small or just not the right style. I would bring the washing machine though if you are bringing a container as all yor electricals will work no problems, just remember to bring lots of 4 or 6 way plug boards with you so that you do not have to change all of yor plugs straight away!
From Marshy

To steveandclare

29 Aug 2006 1:37 AM
(39230)
I would like to know where you shopped as I have just spent $5000 on a dining table, entertainment unit and a bed!!
From Themints

To steveandclare

29 Aug 2006 1:53 AM
(39231)
Hello Steve and Clare, Would you let me know of any good furniture shops in Perth, and maybe if they have web sites I could look at. We will have to buy new beds for all of us and a new sofa when we get there. I was trying to figure out, if i should buy before we go or not, just want to compare prices on furniture. Thanks in advance Jane
From steveandclare

To Marshy

29 Aug 2006 9:28 AM
(39261)
We bought most of our furniture from Harvey Norman in Joondalup. Unfortunately very few places here tend to have prices on their websites because you can always get a reduction if you haggle and do not pay by credit card but I can give you some illustrative figures. All of the things we bought were good quality - no cheap shit, only things that will look good and last and definitly no chip board or melamine! Queen sized bed, pine frame and orthapedic mattress - $1700 Entertainment Unit - Pine, 7 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot high - $750 Dining table - Solid pine, 6 seats - $750 Queen sized divan bed for guest room - $700 3 seater and 2 seater sofas, microfibre - $2000 Garden table + 8 chairs - solid wood from Bunnings - $1000 You can get it all for a decent price, but you need to spend a reasonable amount of time looking round and haggling a little Steve
From Marshy

To Themints

29 Aug 2006 9:59 AM
(39262)
Freedom have a website www.freedom.com.au and I seem to recall they have prices. We bought our daughters bedroom furniture from there. I recently bought a new bed for spare room from Furniture Bazaar, it cost me $1100 including matress. I bought a 1500x1500 8 seater dining table and chairs which cost me $2200 including a discount and $900 for an entertainment unit, both items from Harvey Normans. http://www.coonawarrafurniture.com.au/site/ is the furniture we bought in Harvey Normans, from the Yarra Glen range.
From kimi

To Themints

29 Aug 2006 12:09 PM
(39264)
Hi Jane Absolutely love freedom!! check out www.classiqueimports.com.au they have quite a few shops in Perth and some really nice furniture, I think they also quote prices on their website. Happy shopping Kim
From DoMoll

To acorns

29 Aug 2006 7:51 PM
(39282)
If you like Ikea there is one in Perth - you can check out the prices on the website. we have Ikea bedroom furniture and I compared prices and they were very slighty more expensive in Perth eg a five drawer chest of drawers worked out about 50 quid whereas we paid 45 in glasgow (we dont spend a lot on furniture!). also, really cheap for cutlery, glasses etc. You would maybe need to rent a van though to transport. so if you like cheap and cheerful Ikea, then you will be ok.
From Jandy

To Themints

29 Aug 2006 9:31 PM
(39289)
hi there Having looked at furniture prices in Perth before now, and on these websites, i'd be tempted to buy before you go - only you dont know dimensions you need etc and you'l need to weigh up the shipping extras!! Perth seems more more expensive as we go on!!! i feel priced out janine
From Marshy

To Jandy

29 Aug 2006 9:37 PM
(39290)
Don't feel like that. We wanted a really good solid table, we entertain a lot so spent a lot of money on it. You can buy a whole lot cheaper. As a previous poster said if you like Ikea stuff then the difference in price is minimal. Freedom is another shop that is reasonably priced. I bought a bedroom set for my daughter. Double bed, bedside table, large chest of drawers, wardrobe and mattress and it cost about $2000. Now at todays rate that is 800 GBP, I couldn't have bought those things at that price back in UK.
From diane_d

To Marshy

29 Aug 2006 9:48 PM
(39294)
Yep, I would say bring it all, especially if your new employer is paying your relocation costs. I think it helps to settle in quicker if you have your own 'stuff'. Diane
From Jandy

To Marshy

29 Aug 2006 10:11 PM
(39295)
ah that's true - that's a good deal - i'm fickle and i've changed my mind then!!! lol Ikea is ok for some stuff, but i also like the idea of buying some stuff out there to suit the house we live in. not all from ikea. We just bought a bedroom suite here, on sale mind, double bed (leather frame) mattress, blanket box, 2 x bedside and chest of drawers for
From Themints

To Jandy

30 Aug 2006 6:50 AM
(39318)
Thank you to everyone for all the info on furniture. I will have a look at the web sites to compare prices. We will need to get quotes for containers for taking sofa etc and quotes without to see the difference. We wont be taking the sofa we have just now as it needs to go in the skip, same with the beds. Thanks again Jane
From rodandally

To Themints

30 Aug 2006 10:51 AM
(39326)
Hi Jane I struggled at times to buy furniture - not because i don't like shopping -all us woman like shopping but just i got sick of it. We brought over our sofa's and one bed and a dining table but there is a good variety of shops for a variety of budgets. I got the kids some drawers from classique - solid wood they cost $130 each and a small coffee table from there $80. We got a glass table and chairs from target ($400) and got our computer desk from officeworks ($300) we got rugs from Bunnings (the B&Q equivalent) but their are many rug shops over here. We got our beds from The bedshed, ($350 for single bed and mattress) and other bed shops they are all very similar and will give you a bit discount. Harvey Norman is were we got our electrical stuff from and they give you discount no problem - The good guys is also good as they reduce the price if you pay with cash or efpos (Switch equivalent). Although we haven't bought a sofa i was looking in the free paper this morning and you can get a 3 seater and 2 seater for $899 and the prices just go up from there. Hope that sheds some light on the situation! Alison x