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First Apartment Checklist

Items consumers need for their place


As college grads prepare to leave the college space an enter “the real world,” the list of items needed to outfit their first apartment is a mile-long. Not only will grads be needing to purchase items that were once supplied to them by the dorms they will also be looking to upgrade and replace the essentials they used and abused while in school. Additionally, the first apartment checklist is also filled with those “oh yeah!” items that new grads don’t realize they even need until, well… they need them.

Stock up on the items listed here for easy profits during graduation season. Don’t forget to include a call-out in your listing descriptions to remind college graduates that these are items they will need for their first apartment.

FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES: bed frame, mattress/box spring, night stands, dressers & chest of drawers, dining table & chairs, coffee table, couch, futon, air mattress for guests, bean bag chairs, side table, outdoor chairs, area rugs, bookshelves, bar cart, table & floor lamps, art & decorative accents, and picture frames.

BEDROOM & BATHROOM: linens to fit a larger mattress, quilts, duvets & comforters, pillows, decorative pillows & throw blankets, curtains & curtain rods, soap dish, toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, bath towels & hand towels, bath mat, makeup mirror, portable fans, shower curtain, shower curtain-rod & rings.

KITCHEN: coffee & espresso makers, measuring spoons & cups, Tupperware and food-storage containers, pots, pans & cooking sheets, bakeware, flatware, flatware drawer organizer, dinnerware sets, glasses & wine glasses, oven mitts, dishtowels, blender, bar set, serving trays, water-filtration pitchers and faucet filters, ice cube trays, crock pot, instant pot, wine rack, spice rack, knife set, paper towel holder.

APARTMENT ESSENTIALS: shoe rack, under-the-bed storage bins & closet organizers, laundry baskets, rolling grocery carts, trash cans, cleaners, mop & broom, hand-held vacuum, hangers, tool kit, batteries, flashlight, lightbulbs, coolers, bottle & wine openers, tape measure, candles, coasters, notepads, labels, Sharpies.

ELECTRONICS: Rokus/Apple TV/ Chromecast, Google Home or Amazon Echo, Bluetooth speaker, TVs, sound bar, surge protectors, extension cords, universal remotes, video game systems & accessories, laptops, monitors, chargers, printer.


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