Best Place to Get a Good Deal on an Ugly Couch

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I have very specific taste in furniture: I like overpriced, mid-century pieces made of actual wood that I cannot afford, and very ugly, old couches. Let me be more specific: very ugly and old, and preferably covered in velvet that has spent the last 40 years under a protective layer of plastic. While Craigslist is a good source if you have time to drive out to the deep suburbs of Maryland and Virginia, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County offer a decent, curated option. Their best selection is previewed online, but beware: You need to call ahead to see if the piece is still available or you risk disappointment. On the Saturday I visited the Silver Spring location, white-tag items were 75 percent off. That’s how I snagged my couch for $25. It’s a three-seat, cream-colored, floral-embossed nightmare—and I absolutely love it.

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