I recommend you browse Craigslist.org before you make any furniture 'investments'. Understand that no matter how inexpensive or chi-chi your furniture is, it retains very little value.
I've had tremendous success shopping on Craigslist and garage sales for my entire house (however, I recommend purchasing mattresses and major appliances new). It gives me great satisfaction to be able to furnish a beautiful home and pay no more than 150$ on any item, sofas, antique tables and dining room table and chairs included. Second-hand furniture is a very smart way to furnish your home without sacrificing retirement, travel, or emergency fund goals.
I've been checking Craigslist for the past few months, but hadn't found anything. Yesterday I found the exact set of tables that I'd been looking at in a store. I contacted the seller and I'm getting them for under 40% of retail. My parents are going to give them to me for Christmas!