A unique perk to living in Turkey is the opportunity to buy custom made furniture. We recently purchased a television stand at a local furniture store. We brought photographs of television stands from the Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn websites into the furniture shop. We described exactly what we wanted, gave them the dimensions we needed (tall enough so that our DVD player would be out of reach to a certain someone's curious little hands), and picked out the hardware and the color of wood. A few weeks later, we received a beautiful, handmade television stand at a fraction of the cost of what we'd pay in the United States.
Ta da! Our new television stand! It is our first large piece of furniture that we have purchased as a married couple.