Tips for Buying used Furniture
We had this little corner in our main living room that I want to do something fun with but towards the end of moving in I just didn’t want to spend a ton of money on it.
I grabbed my phone and went to one of my favorite apps, Offer Up! (also us Facebook marketplace a ton) We found this GREAT “media console” from Crate & Barrel BARELY USED for $300! It retails for $1000! It was just sitting in someone’s second home in a spare room and they were trying to get rid of stuff. It was such a good find. It’s like garage sale shopping from your home instead of at 6am.
Here are my tips for selling and buying furniture on OfferUp or Facebook Marketplace:
- Search specific name brands. I don’t usually type in “table” because your going to get a lot of junk. I type “crate & barrel”, “west elm”, “Target”, etc. Even if it means you get different types of furniture. I usually know what I’m looking for but also the goal is to find quality stuff that people just didn’t need.
- Try to find things still in boxes. Our stools in our kitchen are from West Elm and we found them on Offer Up (all 4) still in their boxes. Much to my surprise this has happened to us on a few different occasions.
- Be willing to spend money. Because I look for quality things I expect to pay a fair price. We paid $100 per stool for our kitchen stools but retail they were $200 each and that didn’t include shipping and white glove costs. We still paid $400 instead of $1000 but $100 a stool is pretty average even when you are shopping at Target or Homegoods. It was a really fair price for exactly the product I was about to purchase anyways.
- Be patient… or be willing to walk away. When I offer a fair price it is usually pretty easy to figure out if someone is really wanting to get this piece of furniture out of their house or if they are trying to make money. I never get people that post a used couch for $100 less then I could get it in stores. Like really?! If I wanted it new I would just buy it from the store, but if I can be patient and come across something that I was already looking at buying and someone is willing to part with it for a fair price then I get SUPER excited. Usually ends in my rearranging my entire day to “go get that piece”… or I make my husband do it.
- For selling – stage the pieces as best you can. If you don’t start to get offers right away do to your nice looking photos… you probably won’t. Some stuff people just don’t want (i.e. an old couch that I was practically giving away just so I didn’t have to move it into our new house!… we had to get Faith Farm to pick it up. No one wanted it… including me!)
Those are my offer up tips. We have scored big time on Offer Up just by being smart about what we were buying. I usually NEVER buy anything with fabric or rugs but I know people that have and had a good experience from it. It can really save you a lot of money which will result in high quality pieces of furniture for your home.
Design of this space
We call this our “Bar Area” because in an ideal world this is where we were going to make classy cocktails with our friends while we talk about current events… but turns out its WAY easier to make drinks in the kitchen. Also storing alcohol in that cabinet that my kids could EASILY get into was NOT ideal. So we just make it pretty for the time being.
Check out the links below so you can shop this look… why WOULDN’T you want to buy these AWESOME shelves!
Design a life you love!