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Used Furniture

You may not like the terms "used," "second hand," or "pre-owned" when it involves the furniture you want in your home, but if you can overlook the terms, you may be able to save a lot of money, and if you don't tell anyone where or how you got the items, no one will ever know that they were pre-owned.

Like anything you buy, the price of furniture depends on a number of factors such as the name, brand, quality, style, and availability. So if you want nice furniture without paying high prices for it, buying used may be the best way to go.

For many people, especially those who are just starting out on their own, used furniture may be the best option and for some, the only option. Used furniture may not sound that appealing, but it's not as bad an option as you may think.

A lot of used furniture is very well worth having. Much of it, especially older pieces, may be built better than some of the most expensive new furniture found on the market.

You can find very nice used and restored furniture at your neighborhood Goodwill stores, The Salvation Army, antiques stores, online at ebay, yard sales, and used furniture stores and warehouses. Hotels and offices often have sales or auctions on their used furniture and so do builders who are selling their model homes.

They sell used sofas, coffee tables, end tables, dining room sets, chairs, vanities, dressers, bedroom sets, desks, pots, pans, china, stemware, silverware, paintings, and other useful items. Just make sure that you are really getting a bargain.

When buying used furniture, there are some things to look at and think about. First of all, it should be inspected very carefully to make sure it's safe to use. You should check for damage or anything that may be detrimental to your health and well being before bringing it into your home.

  • Some used furniture stores won't take furniture back once it has been delivered so make sure it's what you want. If you have doubts about it, don't waste your money on it.

Some people put used furniture on the curb on trash day. In essence, they are giving it away. It may be in very good condition or need minor repairs but well worth taking home. If you are handy with tools, you may be able to fix it yourself or you can have it repaired by someone who is knowledgeable about furniture restoration. At any rate, it will normally cost you much less than buying furniture new.

There are items of used furniture that you may really want to think hard about before buying or bringing into your home. Used mattresses are difficult to recommend because they may be unsanitary.

  • You've seen it on the news. Bed bugs, dust mites, mold and mildew, germs, feces, sweat, urine, and other unhealthy stuff that may cause illnesses are sometimes found on used mattresses, sheets, and blankets.
  • Some stores sell rebuilt mattresses. They may be a better, safer product but even so, before sleeping on a used mattress, whether it's been rebuilt or if it comes from other sources, seal it in a plastic cover.

When buying used furniture, look for value. Make sure the price you pay is worth it and don't be afraid to offer less than the seller is asking.


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