Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Buying Secondhand Furniture 


We have bought many furniture items secondhand. We’ve bought several things from Craigslist and a few things from thrift shops. While some people might shy away from secondhand furniture, we have saved a lot of money.

I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for buying secondhand furniture with you today.


1. Do a quick but thorough inspection.

Open all the drawers to make sure they glide smoothly. A dresser or desk with stuck drawers is no good! Check the finish for dents or dings. If a little wear and tear doesn’t bother you, then carry on. If you don’t mind doing a little touch up work, go for it. But if you can’t get past the dents and dings, you probably want to keep looking.

2. It’s OK to ask for more pictures or more information

Before we bought this TV cabinet, I must have asked the woman selling it a hundred questions, including asking her to take more pictures. She was more than happy to oblige, and in the end, her second crop of pictures is why we chose to buy. The cabinet ended up being a perfect fit for our living room.

3. Measure your space before you buy

We knew we needed a bigger dining room set, and when we saw this one, it looked perfect. We weren’t sure it would fit, though. We quickly measured and realized it would be a tight fit only with the leaf in it. Since we only need the leaf a few times a year, this isn’t an issue. If we hadn’t have measured, we’d have passed on a table that we love!

4. Good things come to those who wait. 

We looked for a nursery chair for months before finally finding this one. It took a long time to find it, but it was exactly what we wanted. I’m so glad we were willing to wait whether than settle for the quick find. 

5. Think outside the box

Ignore the mess around this thing, but this TV cabinet is functioning perfectly as a craft supplies storage cabinet. We love this thing, but if I hadn’t been able to reimagine this as crafts storage, I’d have never bought it.

6. And lastly, don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s perfectly ok to see a piece in person and realize it isn’t what you wanted. Don’t think just because you look at something that you’re obligated to buy it. 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for secondhand shopping. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoiseaquifer and HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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