Are you moving? Are you planning to buy Quality Used Furniture fro your new home? I am always on the lookout for quality used furniture and home accessories.
When we moved to our new place in 2012, one of the first things we did was to buy furniture only for the common areas which are the living room, family room, kitchen and dining room. We didn’t even have a bed and slept for a year on a mattress on the floor.
To most people who just got a new place, it’s all but natural to be excited in purchasing all new stuff and enjoy it immediately. But for us, it is always a work in progress.
The first furniture sets we bought were all brand new. They were beautiful, nice and durable but were expensive too. We realized that if we keep doing this, it will definitely hurt our pockets. So we did our research until we found out about the different places where we can get quality used furniture. Many of these furniture and home accessories are very well made and very affordable too depending on the condition when you bought it. If you get satisfaction in upcycling, this will be the best option for you.
- Yard Sale/Flea Market
Many yard sales start in the spring time when everyone is busy cleaning up their homes up to early summer. The good thing about yard sales is you can always haggle for a discount. With a little bit of negotiating, I’m sure you can get it for the best price.
I repainted a console table I got from a yard sale a few years back and it’s still sitting in our dining room. It was repainted to match our decorations. It was solid wood and I got it for only $10. Check the Before and After pictures of this great find.
- Hotel Liquidators
Hotel liquidators are vendors who liquidate and resell fine used furniture from hotels. Since there is a tremendous competition in the hotel industry, they have a constant pressure to upgrade their furnishings to keep up with the newest trends. Because they are built to commercial construction standards, you are sure that it features a higher level of quality, workmanship and durability.
I first knew about hotel liquidators while watching HGTV. A couple bought a new house and was looking for home accessories and furniture that will not break their bank account. I got all so excited so I looked for one near our place. Fortunately, I found one and it didn’t disappoint. The very moment we stepped inside the store, we knew it’s going to be one of our favorites. It was a lamp and mirror paradise. Not to mention all the artwork and quality picture frames sold at a very cheap price.
Here are some of our Hotel Liquidator finds. Find out how it turned out after I refinished it with new paint.
- Salvage Stores
Salvage stores give old furniture new life. If you are looking for architectural materials that you want to use for your home projects, this is a good place to go. Many of these stores sell new and reclaimed materials and other donated goods which are offered at big discounts. I personally like going to salvage stores because this is where I find unique and beautiful items that I could turn into something useful for my home. By patronizing their products, you are helping fund training programs and provide employment for people who are struggling to find jobs.
I found an old Church lamp during my last visit and will be turning it to a bag organizer that will complement my upcycled vanity table (another find from a consignment store). I have not started with the redo of this but I will keep you updated.
- Antique Stores
Wherever you look, I’m sure you can find an Antique Store. When you find one, check it out. This is where I often find the best knick-knacks for our home. Just like the salvage stores, items range from knick knacks to big furniture. If you have a keen eye, you might stumble upon a treasure.
Picture Frame (wall decor)
- Furniture Consignment Store
Another favorite of ours is the Furniture Consignment Stores. The items here are a bit more expensive compared to the ones mentioned above. This is because the store acts as an agent on behalf of the original owners of the items and they receive a percentage of the selling price. Based on our experience, although it’s a bit pricier, the items here are stored well and are better taken cared of. Since they act as a custodian of the items, they handle it properly so they can sell it for a higher price.
Here are some of our consignment store finds.
An old office table which will be turned into vanity table (my current project)
Pottery Barn Side Table and Lampshade
- Local Goodwill or Big Thrift Stores
And last but not the least, I go to our local Goodwill whenever I can. For some people who are so eager to let go of their older stuff, the fastest and easiest place to bring it are their local Goodwill. There are so many quality wood furniture and home accessories that you can find that the only problem you may encounter is how to take it home.
One of my greatest finds are brand new steel bar stools (retails online for $150-$200 each at that time) which was probably brought by its former owner who didn’t want to return back to the store where it was originally bought. We got it for $45 each.
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