Furnishing your home can get pretty expensive. Turning to sales is one solution to make it more affordable, but you can often save even more by buying second-hand furniture. Used furniture can still be in excellent condition and sometimes looks like new. Even when there is some wear and tear, it’s often easy to repair it and get your furniture looking beautiful again. If you’re looking for furniture bargains, there are several places where you can look online. If you have a computer, a phone or another device connected to the internet, it’s easy to get started and find what you’re looking for.
Use Facebook Marketplace and Groups
Facebook can be a good place to start if you’re looking for things to buy in your area. You can find “buy, sell and swap” groups and Facebook also has a dedicated marketplace function. Both are good ways of finding what you want, although the marketplace is slightly more organized compared to what you’ll find on selling groups. Marketplace products are also public posts, so there’s no need to be accepted into a private group. On the other hand, groups can sometimes make it easier to find people who are closer to you and who you might even know already.
Try Selling Apps
If buying things on Facebook doesn’t appeal to you, another option to consider is buy and sell apps. You can download these to your phone or tablet and browse the furniture on offer. There are various apps you might want to try, including Letgo and OfferUp. Some apps are designed specifically for furniture, which you might prefer. These include Trove Market and Chairish. Keep in mind that some of these apps have certain limitations. For example, Chairish is only available on iOS, and there’s a $75 listing minimum, so you won’t find anything cheaper than that.
Bid on Auction Sites
Another avenue to try for buying furniture online is the tried and tested auction site. eBay is obviously the main contender in this area, and it’s a great option. eBay offers both auction items and fixed prices, just in case you don’t really want to get into a bidding war. Some items will include delivery, but others are collect only. Fortunately, you can search for items based on how close to you they are so you can find people selling in your area. Sometimes there are also convenient collection points that you can use.
Getting Your Finds Home
When you’ve bought some furniture, or you’re thinking about buying something you need to make sure you can get it home. If you have a big enough vehicle and you don’t have to drive too far, it’s not too difficult. But not everyone has the time or resources to collect something, and many people list their items as “collection only”. An option like Shiply might be useful for you. You can use it to get people to bid on the job that you need to be completed. Find the right service to pick up and drop off your furniture for you, so you don’t have to do it yourself.
Buying used furniture can save you a lot of money, but be cautious when you buy from people online. Stay safe and be sensible about contacting people and exchanging money.