Finding Good Used Furniture
I came to the conclusion shortly after my wife and I got married that second hand furniture was the way to go. Now, that the economy has tightened up a bit on everyone, I am even more convinced that buying used furniture can be a great way to save some money. Many pieces of wooden furniture can be easily spruced up with a small investment of time, and I’ve spent most of my life using second hand sofas because I’ve found the savings on them too much to resist.
An interesting thing about buying second hand furniture, is that you can buy stuff that still looks like new or that with just a little bit of work on your part, you can make it look like new again. Second hand furniture sales are often filled with great stuff that has hardly been used. If you are the entrepreneurial type, you can even turn around and resell it at a tidy profit after cleaning it up a bit. This even applies if you found the items in second hand furniture shops or other retail outlets because they usually won’t be taking the time to fix anything up before resale.
Honestly, I won’t even think about going into a furniture store anymore. Right now, we have a second hand dining room table, second hand bunk beds, and a second hand sofa that was purchased by the original owner and then set out like a showpiece. I doubt that 20 people ever sat on it before we purchased it at an outrageous discount. My kids love the second hand beds, and we even had a choice when we were looking between getting a metal frame or a wooden frame. Both were available for under $50.00 and looked like new. If you have shopped around much for furniture, you know that that is extremely cheap furniture. Most people who are selling second hand furniture are highly motivated because they have new stuff either on the way or already taking up space in their homes. They usually just want to get the old stuff out and any money they might make is gravy for them.
I have also sold furniture for myself and others on eBay in the past. I did try using Craigslist but I quickly became frustrated by the people who said they would show up and then just disappeared. I know that a lot of people like using that site but I, personally, have given up on it after waiting for at least five or six people to get back to me who never did.
If you are looking for a way to get some decent furniture at low prices, I definitely recommend looking on eBay. Many people do not realize that you can search by location so that you see only items within a certain distance of your home. This is a very nice feature because it will allow you to arrange for pickup if that is something you want to do. The main reason you would want to do this is to save shipping costs. To find items by location, you simply sign into eBay, type in what you are searching for, and use the little tick boxes on the left hand side of the screen to designate how far away you are willing to travel. This will allow you to see and possibly buy second hand furniture in your hometown or areas close by. This same feature makes eBay a good idea if you are selling second hand furniture as well. You can put a number of photos and even a video of your furniture up for people to see if you are so inclined. Give it a shot, you might be surprised at what you find. Good Luck on your hunt for secondhand furniture.