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Announcing our You Never Forget Your First contest winners!

Throughout August, we asked Furnish 123 friends and fans to come in to the store and share with us stories of their first and worst furniture purchases on our Wall of Shame and Wall of Conquest.

We received so many awesome entries and were blown away by each entry’s creativity (why should we be surprised, though – you guys rock!).

On August 30, we hosted a champagne and confection Back to School celebration at our store and selected winners from our Wall of Shame/Wall of Conquest. Check out our winners below and see photos and stories of their first or worst furniture purchase.

Courtney won a brand new chest from us to replace this dresser that has definitely seen better days.

Sara is the winner of a new Furnish 123 sofa that we're hoping will replace her 16 year-old Thrift Town purchase 🙂

Tara is also the winner of a new sofa. RIP purple's time for a new one!

Jenny's first furniture purchase is pretty impressive...but now she's a winner of a sparkling new dinette set.

Also, Chef Jocelyn, of SugaPlump Pastries, generously gave away four certificates to party guests for use on her delicious desserts. Below are the winners of SugaPlump Pastries gift certificates and their funny entries.

Andrea's traveling, versatile furniture

Christine's circus act!

Sonny and her hobbit table

Zach's second hand mattress

Thanks to EVERYONE who entered! We had so much fun reading your stories and seeing your photos. Congratulations to all of our winners…can’t wait to see how your new Furnish 123 pieces look in your place.

Guest Post: Tolly Moseley from Austin Eavesdropper shares her deadly furniture “purchase”

To celebrate the fact that “You Never Forget Your First,” Austin Blogger Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper and Austin designer/blogger Maureen Stevens of  Inspired Mrs. Stevens  have been guest blogging on our F123 blog about their first and worst furniture adventures. They’re also designing beautiful spaces at F123 which will be showcased at our Back to School Bash on Tuesday August 30th from 6 pm – 9pm.  (Here’s a sneak peak)

Tolly’s guest post about her first “adult” furniture purchase was about a beautiful fainting couch.  Today, Tolly shares about a purchase that wasn’t quite as pretty but could cause someone to faint from the ugly.

Here’s Tolly talking about her worst:

Last week, I shared a story about my apple green fainting sofa, a story about the first adult furniture purchase I ever made.  A love story.

But this week, I’d like to tell you about the couch that one replaced.

When I was 22, I rented a little studio apartment on 45th and Speedway that lacked a couch.  So I walked to what was once Hyde Park Thrift Store (and what is now a scuba supply shop) and picked something out.  It was burnt orange, with seams bursting apart, and weighed roughly the same as a vehicle.  That’s because it contained a whole fold-out bed, and while I wasn’t sure how I would get it up to my second floor apartment, I knew I’d think of something.

Tolly's Worst Furniture "purchase"

On the day that I moved, it was raining.  My then boyfriend (now husband) and his buddy agreed to move my monstrosity of a couch upstairs, up a winding wet staircase, while they themselves also got rained on.  Long story short, this couch nearly killed my future husband.

It was such a God-awful, ugly couch that when I moved out of that apartment, I “gifted” it to the next tenant.



We want to hear about your WORST furniture purchase! Was it an ugly sofa you picked up for free on the side of the road? Was it an old hand-me-down from your Great Aunt’s basement? How long did it follow you around until you were able to upgrade?

Here’s how you can win:

  1. To enter to win, you can swing by the Furnish 123 store (6601 Burnet Road) and share a story or photo of your first (or worst) furniture purchase on our“Conquest Wall” or “Wall of Shame.” Haven’t bought any furniture yet? That’s okay – just share what you would buy your first time! We know there’s something you have your eye on.
 When you share your first or worst in the store, you’ll receive a FREE throw blanket from us.
2. Guests attending the F123 Back to School Party on Tuesday, August 30, will vote for their fave entry, and the winner will be hooked up with a brag-worthy sofa, a dinette set with chairs and a table, or a dresser drawer chest.Facebook posts of your firsts and worsts are welcome but only in-store entries will count.

Guest Post: Maureen Stevens remembers her worst furniture purchase

 Maureen blog, Inspired Mrs. Stevens, inspires us daily and we’re so excited  about her  joining us for another guest post.   In her  last guest post she shared her memories of  investing in beautiful  white tuffed chairs.

Today,  Maureen shares about her absolute worst furniture buy.

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Guest Post Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper: My first adult furniture – My Green Antoinette Fainting Sofa

Today’s guest post comes from one of our favorite Austin friends and blogger extraordinaire, Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper.  According to her bio, Tolly is a blogger, freelance writer, and book publicist in Austin, TX. She is a fan of the Alamo Drafthouse, Jane Austen, and cheese. Her hands-down favorite interview was with the late Rue McClanahan, aka Blanche on The Golden Girls. On her blog, she writes about events, artists, and organizations in Austin, as well as stories from her own life. We first mentioned Tolly on the F123 blog when we gave a little “shout out”  about  her awesome bohemian inspired space that was featured in the Austin American-Statesman.

Tolly and her husband recently purchased their first home. First homes also mean first furniture purchases, so we thought it made perfect sense for Tolly to share her thoughts on the subject. So, today, instead of writing about food, events and artists, she’s writing about her first experience:

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Guest Post from Maureen Stevens: My first adult furniture – white tufted chairs

We are inspired by the fabulous style and impeccable taste of Austin designer and blogger Maureen Toribio-Stevens.  She was brought to attention by Austin blogger, Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper after we posted a comment on our F123 Facebook wall about wanting to use local designers as our guest designers and bloggers at F123. Tolly suggested that we check out Maureen. We did  and we loved what we found: Maureen has a beautiful online shop called  The Inglenook Decor   which features lovely home accents and modern vintage furnishings. Her blog, Inspired Mrs. Stevens, chronicles her design finds and adventures.

She and Tolly will be guest blogging this month about their furniture adventures. They will also design a space at F123 which will be showcased at the Back to School Bash on Tuesday August 30th, at the F123 store.

Today, Maureen shares her memories of her very first furniture purchase because you never forget your first. Welcome, Maureen!

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Furniture essentials for college grads PLUS a giveaway

College graduates: you did it! The day you thought might never come has finally arrived. Congratulations from the Furnish 123 team!

To celebrate your bright future, Furnish 123  is offering great weekly prizes worth thousands AND $50,000 towards paying your student loans!

Every week of the promotion a random number will be drawn and Furnish 123 gift cards valued between $99 and $399 will be given away leading up to the Grand Prize of $50,000 towards your student loans.

You can enter to win here and check here to see if your number was chosen for the weekly giveaways!


By entering to win the $50,000 grand prize, your also automatically entered to win weekly giveaway for Furnish 123 gift cards valued between $99 and $399 – which is a perfect way to start setting up your post-grad home with furniture.

Buying furniture to outfit your new post-college home may not be at the top of your list of things to do, but with Furnish 123 it doesn’t have to be a bank-breaker – especially if you win that $50,000 to pay for your loans!

Most likely you’ll need some big pieces to furnish your new place – a sofa, bedroom set or dining room table and chairs. At Furnish 123, all of our sofas start at $399, all three-piece accent table sets start at $199, dining sets start at $399 and bedroom sets start at $399! If you’re looking for smaller accent pieces, we also carry rugs and lamps starting at only $99!

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite grad-approved pieces we carry:

If you’re looking to set up a whole room with furniture, we also offer many furniture packages.

For example, we have a 7 piece living room package that includes a sofa, loveseat, cocktail table, 2 end tables and a pair of lamps for only $1299 (plus you receive a $100 gift card!).

Or if you’re in need of a full bedroom, we have a 12 piece bedroom package that includes a headboard, footboard,rails, dresser, mirror, night stand, 4 piece comforter and throw plus a bonus queen size mattress & foundation or 32″ HDTV with purchase for only $1299!

If you won a Furnish 123 gift card in our new contest, what is the first thing you’d buy?

Promotion Winners – Create Your Own Space Contest

The Create Your Own Space contest was a promotional contest that Furnish123 ran on Facebook as our first promo of 2011.  Contestants created a living room on the Create Your Space tool on the Furnish123 website, post it on their Facebook wall, and get their friends to “Like” it.  The room with the most “Likes” wins!  We are please to announce our two winners, Inez Cavallaro with 143 votes and Mari Martinez with 292 votes!

Inez Cavallaro’s room –

Mari Martinez’s room –

We are excited to be able to award them the room that they designed on our site.  Furnish123 aims to change the way you think and experience furniture shopping.  Look out for more promos by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Watch the big game this past weekend?  Packers beat the Steelers 31-25.  Keep a lookout for our Score Free Furniture contest winners coming up.

Lots more fun contests are on their way!