Rented duplexes fill up with boxes of books, clothes and amenities that need to be unpacked.
But as everyone finishes carting their loads and the dust begins to settle, something becomes clear as the ephemeral college problem comes around again: an apartment full of students, nowhere to sit.
The search for affordable, durable — yet disposable — fur niture is not a new quest for the college student. But in recent years, more and more students in York have clued in to the many inexpensive options for filling an apartment on a budget.
“I’ll have groups go in together and split the cost of a $50 couch,” said April Moritz, manager of Re-Source York on Car lisle Avenue in York.
Moritz sees a steady wave of college stu dents each fall, she said. “And more come each year.”
Right now — just in time for the school season — Moritz is overstocked on cloth furni ture. Last week, she slashed the prices on almost every couch and lounge chair she had on hand. The majority of items are on sale for less than $20. Some are as low as $5, she said.
“With the economy the way it’s been, par ents are not willing to spend a lot of money on a chair that’s only going to last a year,” Moritz said.
In buying used furniture, students can redonate at the end of the school year, but Mom also won’t care if you run out of time and have to leave it on the curb, she said.
Matt Carey, assistant manager at the York Rescue Mission on Market Street in York, sees a lot of college students come in for furniture each year. He said he is always willing to ne gotiate a price when he’s working with college students.
“If a college student with ID comes in, we’ll work with them,” he said. “And we can offer them free delivery.”
Stores such as Veteran’s Estate Services on Manor Street in York, Re-Source York and York Rescue Mission have more than furniture. Students just looking to brighten up a dorm room will be able to find picture frames, area rugs, mirrors, cork boards, and even small appliances such as space heat ers. Kitchen items also are available, whether you need full sets or to fill a hole.
If you just need a couple mugs or some candle holders, Moritz recommends the “five things for $1” room at Re- Source York.
“This is my favorite little room,” she said. “Where else can you get five things for a dollar?”
After three years as manager, Moritz has learned a few things about selling furniture from college students. Most im portant is that taste is subjective, she said.
Especially when the latest trend establishes that loud, out dated fabrics are cool.
“I’ll get in a couch that is so ugly, and I think I’ll never sell it,” she said. “And within a week, it’s gone.”