1) total poverty: all my furniture comes from the street
2) social poverty: my friends buy something new and give me their castoffs
3) buying things at IKEA
While I'm now at level three, I still do pick things up from the street.
Although now with the crisis and all, people don't toss out such good finds like the used to. My neighborhood has a free furniture removal the first Monday of every month. (It used to be only once every three months, and one could often find better stuff then.)
I've got some IKEA Billy bookshelves in a size they don't make any more and I need more shelves for it. So I'm always on the lookout for those.
Last night, I only managed to scavenge some of the little pins that hold the shelves up, but at least now I can have wood cut to size if need be and make do that way...
I also found this little nightstand.