5 Tips to Score Quality Secondhand Furniture

Posted On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Filed Under: Home Decor, How To, shopping, Thrift Stores

5 Tips to Score Quality Thrift Store Furniture

Did you know you can save hundreds on thrift furniture and it’s also environmentally conscious? Purchasing used furniture is an amazing way to decorate your home and save a unique piece from the dumpster.

Check out the table above. My mom bought two side tables for $30 each and painted them yellow. She researched the furniture designer and found out the tables were individually worth about 3 times as much. Thrift store score!

Ready to start furniture thrifting? When you’re on the hunt for used furniture keep these quick tips in mind to help you choose quality thrift store furniture.

Try It Out – This is a must! Sit on it, lay on it, push the drawers in and out. Make sure it’s functional and comfortable before making the purchase.

Home Decor: Thrift Shopping for Furniture

Bring a Measuring Tape – Make 100 percent sure that it will fit before committing to the purchase. Most thrift purchases are final sale, so you want to be certain the piece will fit in your space.

Look for “Good Bones” – Look past the immediate appearance of furniture to it’s structure. Although it may look outdated, older pieces are typically very well constructed. Re-upholstering or refinishing a piece with “good bones” could last you a lifetime!

How to score quality secondhand furniture

Avoid Home Built – Be extremely cautious before purchasing second hand build it yourself furniture from stores like Ikea or Walmart. These pieces don’t always last for the long haul and are likely only a short term solution.

Inspect for Bedbugs – Save yourself trouble and inspect for bed bugs thoroughly before making any upholstery purchase. For detailed information, read 4 Ways to Check for Bedbugs. The hassle and cost of getting rid of bedbugs easily outweighs the savings from the used purchase.

What about you? Do you have any tips to share? What’s the best used piece you’ve found? Have you ever found a piece with “good bones”? Share below!

About the author: Taylor Gordon is a freelance blogger living in Washington, D.C. When she isn’t obsessively searching for deals, you can find her Instagramming photos of her cat Zeus or blogging about personal finance and budget living on her blog, TrendyCheapo.com.  Like Trendy Cheapo on Facebook or follow her @TrendyCheapo on Twitter.
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  • Lisa Fitz

    Used Craig’s List for a while to get some quality pieces. Best find was an ethan allen armoire that I was drowling over but could not afford (was $4,000) — I found it on Craig’s List for $500 + $100 to delivery. It has some dings on it but overall is in good shape. Couldn’t believe my luck! Then I found the side table to match ($800 at Ethan Allen) on Craigs List for $200. When the economy was bad people were unloading a lot of expensive stuff because they were downsizing. The first thing to go was big furniture and dining room sets. I would definitely check Craig’s List.

    • http://www.trendycheapo.com/ Taylor

      Wow that’s a great find and significant savings for someone looking for high quality! I peruse Craigslist every once in a while just to see what I can find. You never know when you can strike gold!

    • Looking Fly on a Dime

      Amazing finds! And yes, Craigslist is great, Monday’s post was all about how to use Craigslist to find affordable and even free pieces.