The benefits of buying secondhand furniture include lower prices and savings, the possibility of finding well-crafted or rare pieces, the chance to redesign a piece creatively to suit individual styles, and environmental protection through reusing and recycling. There are also some charities that benefit from secondhand furniture sales.
Source used furniture at flea markets and in secondhand furniture stores. Request to be notified of sales by such stores, via mail or email. In addition, explore the option of furniture retail outlets that rent furniture to corporate offices and hold occasional clearance sales to dispose of gently used items.
Look out for advertisements online or in local journals for hotels that sell used furniture following renovation. Expatriate families often use school or community networks to advertise secondhand furniture sales before relocating. College students also give away dorm furniture before the summer break. Auctions are another resource to find antiques and good value for money on secondhand deals.
Optimize secondhand furniture purchases by keeping in mind the dimensions and decor of your living spaces. Have an adequately sized vehicle ready to transport your purchases. Opt for durable hardwood furniture and metal furniture that you can refurbish easily. Check for damage, sturdiness and completeness of parts. Be careful while buying reused furniture for babies and children. Mix and match the old and the new such as an old bedframe with a new mattress free of germs and odors, or freshen an antique chair with new upholstery.