Me the newbie again. Currently hoping to move to Dawlish Sat 23 June (fingers crossed). Whichever flat I do end up renting, it is likely to be unfurnished and I will need to get it furnished during the week Mon 25 June - Friday 29 June before starting my new job on Mon 2 July.
Do you guys have any knowledge about small independent electrical retailers, or low cost furniture shops (or second hand shops) around Dawlish, Teignmouth or Newton Abbot?
Other than the BHF "Furniture & Electrical" stores which I am already aware of and Dawlish auctions (which I won't be able to make use of, as Sat 23 June I will be travelling 215 miles and by Sat 30 June I will really need to have the flat kitted out before I start my new job).
Any other local independent shops?
'REFURNISH', Brunel Road, Newton Abbot take in unwanted furniture and, as the name suggests, refurnishes it and sells on to low-income families/people. They have some good stuff there quite often. Try Sampsons in Park Road, Dawlish as a small independent electrical store. It's also worth going on 'Eyes of Dawlish' Facebook page as people are often giving stuff away on there.
What sort of thing are you after?
"What sort of thing are you after?"
Everything -- double bed, wardrobe, drawers, sofa, table and chairs, fridge/freezer, cooker and washing machine.
The flat is TOTALLY unfurnished with no white goods.
I do have a few items in my current London flat (bed, desk and a few bookcases) but I won't be able to bring them with me due to needing to travel light. Also my current bed is a few years old and a bit worn, so I was looking forward to buying a new one anyway.
Dawlish auctions are happy to accept an (acceptable!) offer prior to auction. Well worth popping in and checking them out. I was in a similar position, and they were a great help.
Oooh, thanks for that Philip.
In my current area of London I have used Greenwich auctions a few times (whcih is also a Saturday morning auction) and had to wait until the following Monday or Tuesday to have things delivered .... I had never tried turning up early and making an offer !!
Hello, I did the same thing as you and moved down here from the big smoke (no regrets!). The best place for bargains is Marsh Barton car boot sale on a Sunday morning which has a good mix of private and business sellers. I think half the furniture in my house came from there! Of course you will find some junk there too, but well worth a peek as some people give stuff away for free at closing time because they don't wish to take it home. I have also snapped up some bargains on ebay like fridges, freezers and bookcases. If you do a local search for 'collection only' items that you are after (such as fridges etc) then you may find a bargain or two on your doorstep. There is a second hand furniture dealer on ebay who operates from Dawlish and I believe he delivers for a small fee. If you are looking for cheap, new bedding, curtains and bits of furniture that can be delivered to your new home then I recommend halfcost.co.uk as I have picked up some lovely bits and bobs there for good money. Again it is a bit of potluck as to what they have in stock but that is half the fun of it I suppose. Teignmouth and Newton Abbot have a good selection of second hand shops that are worth a browse, and some have furniture available for sale. Good luck with the move.
The Brainwave Charity Shop in Piermont Place opposite the Dawlish Railway Station has always got a good selection of donated furniture (wardrobes, wall units, beds & mattresses, tables & chairs) plus bed linen and curtains.
You could give them a call 01626 438151 between 9am - 5pm and I'm sure they could source good furniture items at reasonable prices.
The British Heart Foundation has electricals in their Newton Abbot shop.
Fingers and toes crossed I sign the lease on the flat tomorrow (am staying in Devon in a hotel for a few days) then move from London this weekend (Sat 23rd) .... and then from Sat pm / Sunday 24th I will properly become a "Dawlisher" .... (is that the correct terminology? LOL!)
Very excited + so looking forward to escaping the rat race and coming to live near the sea !!!