Before buying used chairs and tables, use the items according to their purpose to see in what condition they are. If you notice that the item is broken or has been broken and fixed, ask the owner about it, and make sure that the item's price reflects its condition. You may still want to buy a damaged item if you can repair it.
When buying used furniture, always think carefully if you are ready to have this particular item in your home. Make sure that it is clean and doesn't have an unpleasant smell. Always remember that you can reupholster a quality chair for cheap, and make it look like a new one. Old furniture is usually constructed better than new is, so a renovated old item might be a good choice. It is better to buy chairs and tables made of hardwood, as they usually last much longer than those made of soft wood.
Used metal furniture may look unappealing, but you can often refurbish it to look as good as new. It may be a good idea to look around college dormitories and apartments the evening before the trash pick up day, as you may be able to find suitable furniture for free. When going to buy used furniture, make sure that you have a suitable vehicle for the task, as you may not have the opportunity to leave the furniture at the store and go to get a vehicle.