10 tips for buying unique used furniture

December 23, 2014

The way you decorate your home says a lot about who you are, and used furniture is one way to achieve a unique space.

10 tips for buying unique used furniture

It seems like everyone is on the hunt for unique and one-of-a-kind pieces that you can't find in big retail stores.

  • Want to get on board with this trend and find some statement pieces of your own?

Our 10 tips will help you find high-quality, unique, trendy and affordable used furniture.

1. Have your dimensions ready

There’s nothing worse than turning down a potentially perfect piece because you’re not sure if it will fit in your space.

  • Take a couple minutes to scribble down your dimensions before you hit the streets.

2. Use classifieds

Classified are a seriously awesome option, especially when you have a vision of what you’re looking for.

  • Free online classifieds have become go-to places for anyone hoping to sell their pre-owned things and those looking to snag a deal.
  • Classifieds can often be the most affordable way to buy used furniture, and if you’re lucky, you might even find that special piece for free.

3. Don’t be afraid of garbage

Feeling adventurous?

  • The night before garbage day could be your biggest score. Condo and apartment buildings are great places to check.
  • Nothing beats free, and lots of people have found some of their best pieces this way. Just be careful of bedbugs!

4. Be prepared

If you know you’re going to be on the hunt for furniture and you don’t have a big enough vehicle, see if you can borrow one from a friend. If not, consider renting one.

5. See the potential

Look for pieces that have a structure or design that you love.

  • Chipped paint and small stains are easy fixes.
  • It’s fun and simple to redo a piece in your own style. It might help to watch a tutorial online of how to reupholster or repaint furniture.

6. Check thrift stores

You might be surprised by what people are willing to donate. You can save hundreds of dollars and find unique pieces with just a little bit of patience.

7. Check antique stores

Antique stores are an easy way to find something unique, but you’ll end up paying more for it.

  • It doesn’t hurt to look, but it’s more fun making discoveries on your own.

8. Get on mailing lists

Second hand stores often have a mailing list with their latest finds. Shoot them your email and get on it!

9. Avoid germs

Things like mattresses can carry germs and odours from their previous owners. Unless it appears to be in very good shape, you should avoid these pieces.

10. Try before you buy

If you find something that looks great, test it out. Make sure it’s sturdy, comfortable and suitable for your family and home.

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