To find the best prices for used furniture, visit several stores and sales, carefully examine any pieces you want, consider fixing the furniture you own, and then haggle with the seller. Good local options for furniture include yard sales, estate sales, thrift shops and discount stores. Online options include auction sites such as eBay and online classifieds such as Craigslist, as of 2015.
When you inspect furniture, check for damage, sturdiness and any possible hygienic issues, such as a foul odor or bugs. If the furniture is something you sit or lie on, test it out for comfort. If you don't mind putting in extra effort, consider fixing up a piece of furniture instead of purchasing a new one. For example, sanding a table takes out scratches in about an hour. If you like a piece's design but not its color, simply paint it yourself.
For private party sales, the seller may be willing to lower the price if you haggle. Don't make too low of an offer, however, because the seller may reject it. Base your offer on the item and how much you're willing to spend. When searching online, check for older ads. If an item has been listed for several days or weeks, the seller may be open to lower offers.