We did a post several months ago, laying out some tips for SELLING your furniture (or anything) on Craigslist. But lately we’ve been getting a lot of emails from friends and readers wondering what our secrets are for FINDING great deals on furniture! And today we’re going to spill the beans!
This is specifically for our fellow DIY readers that are wanting to find, purchase, and ‘redo’ (by whatever means!) furniture. Whether it be for your own home, or flipping to sell. This will be a two-part series, discussing WHERE to look, and WHAT to look out for! Let’s start with WHERE!
- CRAIGSLIST ~ This is our main source of furniture findage (new word! Add it to your vocabulary!) We’re diligent to check new postings frequently. For every ONE piece of furniture we purchase, there are hundreds we had to browse through. Don’t be disheartened if it seems like there’s NEVER anything good! You have to wait for it. Unfortunately, we live at least an hour away from a craigslist city. But fortunately… we’re centered directly between four large-ish cities. That quadruples our chances of scoring great finds! Every time we’re traveling to one of those cities (for whatever reason), we’ll look at THAT craigslist to see what they have. We rarely find something we love enough to make a special trip for.
- GARAGE SALES ~ I mostly garage sale to feed my need for digging through other people’s junk. Occasionally I’ll find a piece of furniture that I like, and if it’s at the right price, I’ll bring it home. For some reason, most of the garage sales I’ve been to this summer have been majorly over-priced. So I’ve passed on some good stuff because people think they’re going to have a garage sale and then retire with their proceeds. SORRY! Not gonna happen.
- THRIFT STORES ~ They’re everywhere, and they’re filled with treasures…. and a whole lotta garbage. If you can muster the musty smell, snoop around your local thrift store every few weeks.
- AUCTIONS ~ As you know, I’m new to the whole auction scene, but from what I understand… most auction houses have a website and update it with dates of auctions and photos of what will be auctioned. If you keep an eye out for when they have estate auctions, or at least furniture present, you can score some great old furniture at great prices. Plus it’s just plain fun.
- FACEBOOK FOR-SALE PAGES ~ I have to admit I haven’t had much luck with this one. It seems like our local ‘For Sale’ page is full of little garbage that should be burned. And you can’t search in categories, so you’re stuck browsing through all kinds of uninteresting things. Like bedazzled i-phone cases and stained throw pillows. And when there IS furniture, I find that I could probably buy the item brand new in a furniture store for less $$ than what the person wants for it. Moving right along!
- THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ~ Yep, so you’re driving along, and you see that someone set their coffee table out by the curb. Pull over, get out of your car, and proudly pop it into your trunk. There’s no shame in recycling! You may also find good stuff sitting by dumpsters or even in burn piles! Keep you’re eyes open!
These are the sources that we’ve used to acquire furniture, but surely there are others as well. We just want to share what’s been working for us! Feel free to shout out other good furniture goldmines in the comment section!
For info on WHAT to look for when seeking out a piece to fix up, check out this post!