•Classified ads – the local newspaper is a great source for used game room equipment, like a predator p3 black luxe pool cue. Some people may be moving and want to sell their equipment. Others may have kids that have grown and no longer want or need their cotton candy machine or other accessories. The abundance of game room equipment in the classified ads may surprise you.
•Garage sales – in a down economy the number of garage sales rises. Many people find a garage sale an easy and effective way to raise money to pay bills and rid themselves of possessions they no longer want or need. If you have the time and patience many deals can be found on things that might accessorize your game room. From an old pinball machine to old license plates you could use as wall decorations; the possibilities are as boundless as your imagination.
•Estate sales – a death is the most common reason for an estate sale. Sometimes items are more easily had and at better prices than garage sales because most of the items being sold don’t hold an emotional attachment to the seller. Also, an estate sale is often a total liquidation of assets so the selection of goods available is often larger.
•Antique shops – antique shops can be a good source of older game room equipment as well as decorative conversation pieces. You must realize though, the shop owner is in business to make a profit and items almost definitely will not be price cheaply.
•Going out of business sales – these are similar to estate sale in that there is going to be total asset liquidation. The differences being that a business is liquidating and not an individual. If you can find a furniture store, game store, amusement store, arcade or sports memorabilia store that is liquidating it is possible to find some great deals on items like hardtop pool table cover, or other equipment that may fit very well into your game room theme.
•Auctions - auctions are related to estate sales and going out of business sales in that the items being auctioned are often things that people or a business are trying to liquidate.
•Internet search – internet searches can provide numerous sources of game room accessories. Most are for sale at reasonable prices. An online purchase comes with a caveat. You will not be able to inspect most items before buying. Make sure you understand the return policy of any company with which you do business. Also, don’t forget to factor in shipping costs.
With some effort and ingenuity, a game room you can be proud of built on a tight budget is definitely possible.