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Finding Worth and Value in Your Old Household Items 

declutter concept on napkinMany homeowners eventually reach a point where specific household items or furniture they once adored no longer hold a status of importance. This is completely okay! It’s human nature to acquire new tastes and sometimes we tend to outgrow items that were near and dear to us. With this in mind, you might be quick to find ways to rid of your old furniture and home accents. This is where you have to pause on your home’s cleanup.

In many cases, homeowners tend to overlook the value of items they own, some that are rather old, and have a reputation as a “collector’s item.” It’s important to really consider what you’re planning on giving away and how much an interested buyer may offer. We discuss some popular home items that might help you earn a little extra cash on the side. Once you’ve cleared your home of old, unwanted furniture, visit National Furniture Liquidators to find beautiful, brand new pieces of furniture to fill your newly acquired space! 

Typewriters 

Some people hold these vintage machines close to their hearts, others not so much. Perhaps you have a few old typewriters taking up storage space in the closet or in the cupboard under the stairs. But did you know original typewriters have made a big comeback? It’s true! Typewriters are a hot item for collectors or for those who have a style influenced by retro tastes. Some antique typewriters sell online in the thousands! Depending on the brand of your typewriter, how old it is, and its working condition, you could get this antique off of your hands for a fair amount. 

Perfumes and Colognes

This may seem odd but a handful of perfumes and colognes are being hunted down due to one simple fact: some of them are no longer being manufactured. Believe it or not, there are auctions that are held strictly for perfumes and colognes! If you have an old perfume handed down to you, you may want to do your research and see if yours counts as a valuable item. The material that holds the perfume may also be what people are auctioning for. This knowledge may come in handy if you’re clearing out an older relative’s home or prepping it for an estate sale. 

Retro Video Games 

While you may simply see old video games lying around your house as clutter, there are eager buyers out there looking for these retro classics. Even if these video games no longer work, it is still very likely that you can find someone to take it off your hands for some cash. Old working games can range anywhere from $600 to $2,500 depending on the game, the year it was made, and the console it can be played on. If you find a box full of Saga, Nintendo, or Atari games in your attic, then it might be a good idea to list them on eBay!

Land Deeds 

Land deeds represent significance and status. If you have a land deed, your property may have some history to it you might not even be aware of. These pieces of proof are usually passed down from generation to generation. In fact, they can be considered a family treasure! Land deeds that come from war heroes or veterans tend to be some of the most valuable. With that being said, you may want to scroll through a list of names in your deed, if you happen to find one!

Furniture Made in the 1980s and 1990s

Just as we mentioned with old video games and classic typewriters, antique home decor and old items are admired by many. The newer generations of homeowners seek comfort and nostalgia in furniture that reminds them of their childhood. With that being said, it may be no surprise if you have homeowners asking about your old furniture and providing a number they’re willing to take it for. Once your old furniture has a new home, you’ll be able to fill the space with brand new pieces from National Furniture Liquidators!

Vintage Cookbooks 

It’s important to closely analyze the cookbooks that have been handed down to you. Similar to some perfumes that are no longer manufactured, some cookbooks go out of print, making them even more valuable than ever before. Celebrity chefs are always in demand, especially those who have been in the culinary arts industry for most of their lives. Taking a closer look at the edition and the year of your cookbook can call for a great deal. 

Auto Parts 

Hood ornaments, car vases, and hubcaps are the most collected items when it comes to old car parts due to their decorative purposes. Old cars, especially those made and released in the ‘60s, are in high demand. Even if you only have some parts of an old vehicle, you can easily find someone that will put them to good use and offer a price you can’t pass up. Rare car parts can call up to $2,500.

Magazines 

Magazines, infamous headlines on newspapers, programs, and any items of that sort can be popular printed items. These items gain recognition if they reported or published on big events that occurred in history and pop culture, especially if they were low in stock. They can run for even higher numbers if they are in perfect condition. Even if they are fragile, you can sell rare prints to eager buyers almost anywhere. 

Complete Your Home with National Furniture Liquidators

Here at National Furniture Liquidators, we have professionals who know what exactly completes a home and what you can do without. Contact us today to learn more about the furniture and home items we offer our customers!

How to Make Your Home Blend with the Surrounding Landscape

White and wooden furnitureThe state of New Mexico is known for the pueblo and adobe architecture that make up our homes and commercial infrastructure. This building style is very unique and provides homeowners with many ideas regarding furniture and home accents. If you’ve recently moved to New Mexico and have settled on a home, it’s likely that you are enamored with the atmosphere. You might love the New Mexico environment so much, you’ll want to make your home feel like you’re living in the great outdoors! If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips that can help you reach the level you want your home to exceed.

Complement Your Home with Materials Found in Nature 

Many homeowners know that nature is the best way to easily add color and life to your home. If you want to bring the outdoors within your home, it might be best if you look for furniture made out of stone, wood, or metal, as all of these materials have gorgeous textures and hues that are guaranteed to leave an unforgettable impression. You can get even more creative by installing light fixtures made out of these materials or by adding a wood backsplash to your fireplace, for a more natural touch. 

Allow Ample Light to Flow in Each Room 

Anyone who has lived in New Mexico, whether it’s been just a year or their entire life, knows that the sunsets are incomparable. Thanks to the New Mexican architecture, most homes are designed to let the comforting light of the sunset to flow in. It’s without a doubt that natural light within your home is one of the most desired elements in design when it comes to mimicking the environment. It makes sense. Not only does natural light boost one’s moods, but it creates a glow and ambiance for everyone in your home to enjoy. 

A Color Palette that Reflects the Region 

You can play with a color palette in every room of your home, including the kitchen, the living room, even the outdoor patio in your yard! Take a look at the vegetation and the colors that are typically used when constructing homes. If you want your home to be one with nature, all you have to do is choose furniture and accents that reflect these very same colors. Some common hues may consist of rich browns, maroon, turquoise blue, and some hints of red here and there. You can easily achieve this look with the help of your garden as well! 

Design Inviting Outdoor Spaces 

If your home was built with an outdoor patio, you can’t let this go to waste! Even working with your entryway can help bring in the natural elements of New Mexico’s land and climate. You can incorporate an outdoor fireplace or an elegant gazebo in your backyard, to create natural settings where you and your guests can unwind and release yourself into nature. You can also pick and choose from furniture that is made with materials such as bamboo, wood, stone, metal, and glass to recreate the gorgeous elements found in the great outdoors. 

Fence Your Home with Natural Elements 

Believe it or not, the fencing that surrounds your home plays a big role in making the impression that you are in touch with the surrounding environment and landscaping. While more modern homes tend to use pricier materials to achieve their overall look, you can work with this principle by opting for materials you’ll often find in the outdoors or on the exterior of your home. Bamboo, latticework, wood screens, partitions, and pergolas are all wonderful options that can help multiple rooms within your home feel like you are living in the comfort of the outdoors. 

Build Up Instead of Extending Out 

Lastly and most importantly, one of the best ways to allow your home to blend with its natural surroundings is to respect the green space it already has. The more you extend out your home, the more it will take up the natural elements and landscaping. By adding furniture and accents that build your home vertically, you can continue to honor the nature near your own home, and even your guests will notice it! Honoring your outdoor space just as much as your indoor space is essential. 

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Here at National Furniture Liquidators, we have a fine selection of furniture of all styles. Whatever your goals may be for your home, we are guaranteed to help you turn them into a reality! Contact us today to learn more about our selection. 

Interior Design 101: Make the Most of Your Home’s Interior

Interior design of modern scandinavian apartment, living room 3d renderingBe it as simple as a new rug or an entire new bedroom set, the right piece of furniture can really tie a room together. But when it comes to finding the right furniture for your living room, bedroom, or office, you might feel as if you’ve taken on more than you can handle. But don’t fret! When it comes to furniture in Albuquerque, no one comes close to National Furniture Liquidators. We’re here to offer a few simple tips to help you reinvigorate your home’s layout. Don’t worry, it’s much easier than it seems! Before long, your home will look and feel like something out of an interior design magazine. So, let’s begin.

Interior design is all about, you guessed it, design! So whether you’re looking for a way to finally introduce throw pillows to your living room couch or it’s time to take your entire home to the next level, then we hope this blog post will provide a bit of inspiration. 

Color Scheme

Before you go purchase an entirely new bedroom set, it’s best to start off small and plan accordingly. Setting a new color scheme for your room doesn’t particularly mean repairing the walls or adding intricate designs. In fact, by simply following these tips, you’ll be able to add a touch of color (the right way) to any room in your home. Here’s the color scheme rule of thumb: 60% of the room should have a dominant color, 30% should have a  secondary color, and 10% should have an accent color. But what does this mean? 

Dominant and Secondary Colors

Although their names may sound a bit daunting, understanding dominant, secondary, and accent colors can be pretty simple. The dominant color is the main color that will be used for the majority of the furniture (60%). The dominant color can be used in different shades and hues, as well. This can create a more pleasant dynamic to the eye. So, if your dominant color is yellow, you don’t have to just use general yellow. You can have different pieces of furniture in alternate shades or hues of yellow, such as gold or honey. Make sure to stick to the 60% methodology. When it comes to interior design, you can consider painting your walls a dominant color but you should have the rest of the color scheme in mind before dipping the paintbrush in the bucket. If you’re unable to paint your home, then you can use the existing wall colors as your default dominant color. 

The secondary color should be similar to the dominant color, but not strictly the same. In general, secondary colors come to be when combining two primary colors so a secondary color for yellow could be green. Again, stick to the 30% process in order to create harmony between the colors.

Accent Colors

Accent colors are meant to draw attention but should only be used sparingly. So if your dominant and secondary colors are more subtle and restrained, the accent color can be bold and bright. But remember, don’t overdo it! A few bright throw pillows or even a plant potted in a bright planter can be enough. Following our previous example of yellow dominant and green secondary, the accent color could be a dark neutral color. Think of a beautiful wood stained end table for the living room or a dark throw blanket for the couch. 

There are countless colors out there and, even if you’re unable to paint the walls of your house, you can still use what you have at your disposal!

A Few Simple Interior Design Tips

Mirrors

Mirrors help to create the illusion of space and depth in many rooms. In order to create this illusion, place your mirror opposite a window. This way, you’ll be able to naturally reflect natural light within your room!

Rugs

When it comes to finding the right rug for your home, you need to keep a few important things in mind. The size of the rug will directly affect the way you arrange the furniture in the room. Consider this when shopping for rugs! Also, if your living room is large, you can set up two rugs to create two specific areas in the room. If you have the space, or you don’t know what to do with the space allotted, you can peruse our furniture online and see if anything sparks some inspiration!

Artwork

Adding artwork can be tricky, as it might be difficult to find pieces of art that go well together. You can go for classic art or choose more abstract options, it’s all up to you! Once you’re ready to hang your artwork, however, you need to make sure you hang the artwork at the right height. The bottom of the frame should only be three to eight inches above the furniture. If there’s too much space between the frame and the furniture, the eye will naturally rest on the void between, and no one wants that! 

Find the Right Furniture in Albuquerque, Today!

Now’s as good a time as any to finally let your interior decoration dreams run wild! Scroll through our website to take a gander at what we have to offer and, when you’re ready, come on by and see what we have to offer in person! 

4 Easy Ways to Tidy Up Your Home’s Interior

We’re all spending more time indoors nowadays. Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or in a five-bedroom two-story home, now’s the best time to revitalize your home’s interior. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you turn your home’s interior into a more open, comfortable space. With just a bit of work, any space can go from crowded and uncomfortable to open and relaxing (and we can do with a bit more of that, especially during this time). 

Organize Cluttered Spaces

Clutter is something that occurs almost without us realizing it but after weeks of piling clothes up on a rarely-used chair, you’ll start to notice the negative effects begin to creep into your subconscious mind. It’s true, sleeping or living in spaces that are cluttered and disorganized can cause us to become more anxious or feel uncomfortable, even if we don’t realize it. If there’s a long-neglected pile of clothes at the far end of your bedroom, then take an hour out of your day to put those clothes away. Putting on a podcast, movie, or YouTube video can make the time go faster. 

If you don’t have enough room for all the clothes and clutter, then you can put some of it away in storage or even donate some of it. Remember, the goal here is to turn a cluttered space into an organized and open one; it’s not to move clutter into another room because that just pushes the problem under the proverbial rug instead of actually dealing with it head-on. This is also a great opportunity for you to switch out your winter clothes for your summer clothes. Not only will this clear up space in your closet, but you’ll also have more room for your clothes! 

Now, clothes aren’t the only things that create clutter. Take a look around your home and note which spaces and objects are out of place or disorganized. Take some time to arrange or store things where they belong. Before long, your home will be more open and you’ll be amazed at the clean, fresh space that’s been there all along!

Rearrange an Entire Room

Let’s say your home’s already free from clutter but there’s something nagging at the back of your mind; a small, inkling idea that something just isn’t right. That, my friend, can be easily fixed by simply rearranging the furniture in a room. Although our Albuquerque location is currently closed due to COVID-19, you can easily reinvigorate your home by rearranging your existing furniture. Even if you’ve been used to the way your furniture’s been set up for years now, it’s always fun to try something new out. If you don’t like the new configuration, you can always go back to how it used to be! Take the kitchen and dining room, for instance. Why not turn the table 90 degrees and see how that works? Does that open up the space more? 

Or what about your home office? If you’re working from home, you need a great home office where you can work without distractions but if you’re working in the spare bedroom that’s currently full of clutter, then you won’t be able to focus on your work. Even if your home office is already set up for you to work as efficiently as possible, why not consider moving the desk to the other wall? Or perhaps adding those old prints you have hidden in the garage? Adding a touch of personality and charm to any room can make it all the more comfortable. 

Bring Some Light Into Your Life

One of the biggest issues with many interiors is the lack of light. Now, we’re not talking about lightbulbs, we’re referring to natural sunshine coming in through the windows. Try to make a habit of opening the blinds in the morning to let the sunshine in and you’ll immediately feel the positive effect sunlight can have on your home’s interior. Since we’re unable to leave our homes except for necessary tasks such as going to the grocery store or the doctor, now’s as good a time as any to welcome the sunlight into your home. Combine this with your workspace and you’ll feel bright and optimistic as you work throughout the day!

Simple Changes Can Have a Big Impact 

At National Furniture Liquidators, we understand the important role great furniture can play in any room. Although our storefront isn’t open at the moment, you can look through our website for inspiration on potential future pieces of furniture for your home. Now that we’re indoors more often than not, you might begin to notice that some things are missing or need to be replaced. By having this planned out, you can upgrade your interior furnishings as soon as life goes back to normal! National Furniture Liquidators is with you every step of the way.

How Native American Culture Has Shaped Interior Design

nativae American inspired furniture. Couch with cushion, pillows, and a blanket.

The Native American culture is a rich and vibrant one that’s full of color and incredible architecture. It has contributed so much to modern American culture, in ways that we fail to recognize. Modern interior design has borrowed a lot from the past and has taken some great inspiration from cultures all over the world. Everyone wants their home to feel unique and welcoming to them. Our living spaces are crafted to our desires by ourselves or sometimes, interior designers. We have often looked towards Native American culture to gain inspiration to make our homes, apartments, and condos comfy and cozy. 

The Architecture 

From patterns to architecture, many homes take a lot of design inspiration from Native American cultures. Native Americans were the first people to build in the land here in America, so naturally, they played a big part in how we build our homes. Native Americans in New Mexico were known for building adobe houses that have withstood decades, and sometimes even centuries. There are adobe houses still standing that date all the way back to the 16th century. They set the standard as to how to build a home for the dry and hot climate of New Mexico.

These homes were typically made of adobe, which comprised of sand, clay, straw, and water. They were very sturdy and influences of this can be seen in modern homes through stucco and the use of roof beams. You can also see the influence in the shape of modern homes. Many modern houses are square or rectangular in shape with flat roofing. These homes allow for heat to remain outside of the house during the day, and kept inside at night. This style of architecture has become synonymous with the southwest and has stood the test of time against the dryness and heat. 

Fabrics and Weaving

Many Native American cultures have introduced weaving techniques and unique fabrics, that were then very useful and practical, but now are mostly used for aesthetic and decorative purposes. Woven textiles have been used to make baskets with eccentric patterns on them and various pieces of fabric that have been used as tapestries and blankets. Weaving and fabrics have become very popular in modern southwestern style interior design. They allow for an earthier feel that’s welcoming and inviting. Typically made of wool, weaved fabrics are very strong and can last for years and years. Weaving can also be done with plants and is typically applied to weaving baskets. 

Baskets and blankets can also have a variety of patterns weaved into them. These patterns seem to be integrated into the natural weaving pattern of the fabric. The patterns are very angular, linear, and triangular in shape. These pieces of fabric can be both functional or just purely for aesthetic purposes. Many times, these pieces of fabric are hung up on walls so that they can be displayed as their own pieces of art to be viewed and admired. They are a great addition to any home, apartment, or condo. 

Patterns and Natural Materials

You see Native American inspired prints and art everywhere. Patterns can be used on almost anything, so it’s natural that Native American inspired patterns would find their way onto almost anything. You can find it on paintings, blankets, pillows, and even entire pieces of furniture. They are colorful and beautiful to look at. 

Leather is a big thing amongst modern interior design. These past few decades, we have been leaning little more towards faux or fake leather, as a more ethical and cost-effective way of achieving the same look like real leather. Leather furniture is long-lasting and looks very chic in any home.

Pottery has also grown very popular over the past decade or two. They are useful for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Many people use them to keep plants alive and just to store whatever they need to store, while also looking appealing in their homes. Native American inspired pottery is found everywhere in the wonderful state of New Mexico and for good reason. It looks great and is probably the most practical thing on this list. 

Native American culture has done a lot to improve and inspire the world of interior design. Whether it’s patterns, fabrics, or pottery, any of the elements listed above would look great in your home. National Furniture Liquidators has plenty of Native American inspired pieces to make your home complete. Call us and see how we can help you make your house a home.

How Set Designers Use Bedroom Furniture to Show Characters’ Personalities

bedroom

Have you ever watched something on TV or at the movie theater and thought: wow, I love their bedrooms! Designing bedrooms is often something set designers take a lot of pride in because it’s just another way to show their characters’ personalities on screen, much like we do in real life when we furnish and decorate our own rooms. It’s definitely not a new concept, so we thought we’d take the time and share with you some of our favorite bedrooms from TV shows and movies.

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars features four best friends, all of whom are wholly unique from each other. Aria is an artsy former goth, Hanna is a fashionista, Spencer is smart and preppy, and Emily is a jock, and all of this is reflected in the way their rooms are decorated. Each room is as unique as the girl it belongs to and each time a scene takes place in that room, you know whose exactly it is. That’s dedication.

Lady Bird

The director and writer of the film, Greta Gerwig, along with the set director and designers created the infamous teenage bedroom in the film from scratch. From choosing the right paint color—a stark pink—to choosing the bedroom furniture, they made sure everything looked like it belongs to a teen girl and matched the main character’s personality.

Mean Girls

How could we ever forget Regina George’s infamous master bedroom in Mean Girls? Not only did she convince her parents to give her the master bedroom but she also convinced them to purchase her amazing bedroom furniture as well. From a huge, beautiful bed to beautiful adorning pieces, her room truly was perfect.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Bringing Lara Jean’s bedroom to life from the book to the screen in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was no small feat. The bedroom furniture had to be perfect, but Netflix did not fail. Her bedroom represented who she was flawlessly.

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We spend a great deal of time in our bedrooms, so we want one that really speaks to us and shows our true personalities. At National Furniture Liquidators in Albuquerque, we can do just that. We carry a wide selection of bedroom furniture that you can choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect pieces for your bedroom and your unique personality. Don’t wait. Stop by our store today or check out our selection online, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you furnish the bedroom of your dreams!

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