Finding Great Thrift Store Furniture
9/1/2013 by D. Cammarota
The best place to start looking for secondhand furniture is usually online. Searching for things like "used furniture" or "used furniture store" with your zip code included will generally yield both local secondhand furniture dealers and directory sites that provide listings of multiple businesses that offer used furniture. Sometimes local pawn shops or consignment shops deal in used furniture, but thrift stores are generally the best place to find a wider selection. There are even a number of on line thrift stores that offer great photos and descriptions and even reasonable shipping, so finding a great piece has become almost effortless.
Once you find a thrift store online, furniture should be examined very carefully. This is easier, of course, if you are visiting a furniture thrift store in person, but you can also take measures when buying from on line thrift stores. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the secondhand furniture dealer to send multiple photos and be specific in what you ask. Be sure to get undersides to see markings and ask for images of joints to determine age and value.
Buying secondhand furniture can be a great way to save money and find unique pieces for your collection. Whether you are shopping from on line thrift stores or simply finding a local thrift store online, furniture shopping is faster, easier and can yield seemingly endless pieces to choose from.