High Style, Low Budget: The Clearance Center $1000 Challenge


You don’t have to have a lot of money to have a beautiful home, especially if you shop at the Art Van Clearance Center. Because Art Van is a high volume buyer, furniture manufacturers come to us with their closeouts, discontinued items, special purchases and manufacturer’s showroom buy-outs. We stock up and pass the savings on to you, creating a bargain hunter/design lover paradise.


Last week we designed a modern living room on a $1,000 budget, and today we’ve got a gorgeous dining room with the same amount of money. Take a look:


Dining Room CC


We start with the striking Johnny Dining Set, which features sleek, straight lines and a smoke-stained glass table top. At $499, it’s a great deal and the perfect beginning to a contemporary dining space.



Console CC


Next, add a modern console table that will come in handy for buffet-style gatherings or cocktail parties. The clean lines and metal frame create a sleek silhouette that complements the dining set. And at $167, it’s on point and on budget!


DR Chandelier


Statement lighting is white hot, and we’re excited to use the Warp Ceiling Lamp to add a blast of style in our dining room. The aluminum shade fits over a chrome body for a piece that gives light a modern twist. At just $169, it’s a super affordable way to way to stay on trend.




Finally, underscore the modern vibe with a modern area rug. The Mallbern Multi-color Area Rug features gorgeous neutral colors and a striking geometric pattern. The colors are a perfect complement to the smoke-stained glass, metals and rich finishes of our furnishings. The best news is that it’s just $147.


The grand total for our modern dining space is just $982. What do you think of our Clearance Center Challenge? Come in and see the beautiful room you can create!


Of course, Art Van Furniture is known for having great prices every day storewide. Check out today’s best sale by clicking here.

Clearance Center Challenge: $1000 Living Room

Have you visited our famous Clearance Center lately? It’s a bargain hunter’s paradise with brand new furniture at super low prices. Furniture manufacturers come to us with their closeouts, discontinued items, special purchases and manufacturer’s showroom buy-outs. We stock up and pass the savings on to you. The Clearance Center is also the place to find floor samples and scratch and dent selection for amazing deals on one-of-a-kind treasures.


Your money will go far at the Art Van Clearance Center. Take a look at how $1,000 can transform your living room – just in time for Mother’s Day!!



Clearance Center Sofa


Start with the Oscar Sofa in trendy Graphite. Its retro style has a Mid-Century Modern vibe, and the throw pillows add a welcome burst of pattern and color. At just $397, you’re off to an amazing start.


Clearance Challenge Chair


Next add a Grayson Accent Chair in beautiful orange upholstery that hosts a sea of colors in its textured fabric. The lines fit perfectly with the modern feel of the sofa, and the legs have a similar style and finish. At $177, you could afford one or maybe even a pair.


Clearance Center Cocktail Table


Keep it modern with the Tracy Cocktail Table. The tray top is perfect for holding beverages, and the dark black lacquer finish helps ground the room. At $77, it will take a lot of will power not to brag to your friends (but it’s OK if you do!)


Clearance Center Rug


Bring all of the colors in the room together with this great Galaxy Area Rug. The geometric design adds to the Mid-Century Modern inspiration, and the orange, blue, brown and cream are a timeless combination. At just $199, it’s an inexpensive investment in warmth and style.


Clearance Center Lamp


A floor lamp near the chair or sofa will add light to the space, and our Craftsman Arc Lamp is a great choice. The domed metal shade and base are adjustable so you can find the best angle for your room and your needs. And at $119, it fits the budget.


The grand total: $969. That leaves $31 for a can of paint – or pizza and a bottle of wine.


See how easy it is to design a stylish room on a budget! Come in and try the Clearance Center Challenge for yourself.

What’s On Sale In April?

Product sales often follow a cycle, and knowing what goes on sale when can be great for your budget. Don’t miss out on these great deals that Consumer Reports calls April’s bargains:


  • Spring clothing
  • Yard and garden supplies
  • Bridal gowns
  • Cruises
  • Paint and wallpaper
  • Computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Carpet – Be sure to visit Art Van Flooring and check out our specials.


Of course, Art Van Furniture is known for having great prices every day. Check out today’s best sale by clicking here.

Spring Produce: What’s in Season

We all want to feel good, and eating fresh produce is one of the best ways to take care of yourself. Since buying local is good for the economy and your health, it’s a good idea to know what’s in season so you can purchase the freshest items at the best prices. Here’s your shopping list of what’s delicious for April and May:


  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Fava beans
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallions
  • Spinach

Out With The Old: How To Sell Unneeded Furniture

Giving your home a new look is a great way to bring in fresh energy. Maybe your tastes have changed? Maybe you’re ready to replace hand-me-downs or items you purchased years ago? Or maybe you’re moving into new digs and need new furnishings to go with your new home’s style.


When it’s time to redecorate it’s also time to think about what to do with furnishings that are no longer needed. Turns out, you’ve got lots of options and some of them could put some extra cash into your pocket:


Websites and Mobile Apps

Craigslist. This is a great place to post things for sale. The audience is local, and you don’t have to worry about shipping. Ads are free, but listings expire 7 to 45 days after they’re posted (depending on your location.) Make sure to upload good photos, and include information that a buyer will need, such as sizes, materials and if there is any damage. The disadvantage to using Craigslist is that you’ll be dealing with strangers. It can be safer to put your items in your garage or outside location. And always meet customers with a friend.


eBay. If your furnishing is collectible or valuable, you’ll get more exposure by putting it on eBay. Listings reach millions of people, and you can choose to hold an auction or sell at a fixed price. eBay charges an insertion fee as well as a percentage of the final sale price, so consider this when you price your item. And photos are extremely important. You can create a listing offering pick up only, or you can look into shipping using a freight provider. If you have a great piece, you could sell it for more than you expected using eBay.


Facebook. If you haven’t checked out local buy/sell/trade groups, you’re missing out. This can be a great way to sell your furnishings. Your items will also post to your personal timeline, and that means your friends will see what you have and they might want it or know someone else who does.


OfferUp. Similar to the other online options, OfferUp is an easy-to-use smartphone app that lets you post items for sale using your smartphone phone. The app lets you answer inquires on the go. Check it out at offerupnow.com.


Stores and Sales

Consignment Shops. Another option is selling your item through a consignment store. A local Internet search help you find locations in your area. Check reviews on Yelp.com to be sure it’s a reputable shop. When you call, ask about the percentage of the sale that the store keeps – many take 50%. Also ask how they go about pricing, how long they will keep your items and how payment will be made to you. Consignment stores are best for valuable or designer pieces, and pieces must be approved before they’re accepted.


Yard Sales. If you can wait until the weather is nice, selling your furnishings at a yard sale is a popular method. This will also allow you to get rid of other household items. Advertise your garage sale with lots of signs, and put a posting in Craigslist’s garage sale section. Be sure to list the furniture you have available. Know that bargain hunters often frequent yard sales, so this method might net you the lowest amount for your items.


Giving It Away

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling, you can probably get rid of your old furniture by posting it on a site such as Freecycle.org or the free section of Craigslist. You’d be surprised at what people are willing to take.


You can also offer the item to family and friends. Someone who is just starting out would probably love to have a free sofa or dining set.


Or call a local charity. Many will pick up your items and you’ll get a receipt for your donation, which is tax deductible. Remember: out with the old makes room for the new.