The first time I was faced with an empty unfurnished flat was grim. I’d had to make a swift move from my previous digs and had accepted a short term tenancy for six months just to sort myself out. Well the first weekend was frantic, trying to get the electricity connected so I could see what I was doing. A winter move meant short daylight hours and no heating. No chance of seeing to any decorating but with respect to furnishing, I was lucky enough to live near a very large family furnishing store. They were well known for supplying second hand stuff to the local auction house – where folk had taken delivery of a brand new item and slipped the delivery man a fiver to take their old stuff away. Well if you were quick on a Thursday after the van got back, you could mill around in the yard and get first pickings on anything before it got recorded to be auctioned. I still had the oak bedroom suite, oak dining set and a sideboard several house moves later – and now a granddaughter happily has them in her first house! Quality furnishings last for ever!