Best places in town (and nearby) to purchase items for your new room:
1. Goodwill or Salvation Army: A great place for buying quirky lamps, nightstands, extra bookshelves, lil’ knick knacks, etc.
2. Walmart or Kmart: mattress pad, comforter, pillows, sheets, towels, lamp, laundry basket, shower caddy
3. ERC Community Warehouse: If you want to find that special, pre-owned loveseat, couch, or overstuffed chair
There’s also always the option of purchasing items online, from say, Bed Bath & Beyond, and having them shipped to school before you get here. I would actually highly recommend this for things like mattress pads, comforters, and anything else that’s particularly bulky that you don’t feel like schlepping on the plane with you.
Also, check out the Bennington Rooms series by India K. ‘12 to see what various students have done with their spaces.