If you are on the lookout for second hand furniture, you’ll be happy to know that there are a plethora of places to find bargains. Here’s a list of places in Australia that you can use to source your pre-loved furniture, many from the comfort of your own home.
Second hand stores or opportunity shops Almost every suburb has at least one Salvation Army store or opportunity shop just waiting to be visited. Stock changes all the time so make sure you return regularly. If the first or second one you visit does not have much furniture, don’t give up. Not all have the capacity to house larger items all the time.
Garage sales You can spend every weekend visiting local garage sales and find incredible products. When homeowners de-clutter, bargains are ready for the taking. Arm yourself with a trailer or a car with a large enough boot space to house all of your finds. It’s all about timing and opportunity. Get in early but be prepared to keep looking until you spot the perfect piece. Something is bound to catch your eye.
Local council curb side pickups Annually, local councils provide homeowners with the opportunity to spring clean their sheds and cupboards and dispose of items they no longer need. Make sure you check with local authorities to ensure you can legally scour curbside junk piles and once you get the green light you’ll be amazed at what you can find. Everything from televisions, fans and fridges in perfect working order, to lounge chairs, desks and garden furniture. It can be one of the thriftiest and most exciting ways to ‘shop’.
Markets and car boot sales There’s nothing more exciting than spending a morning browsing a local market. The sounds of buskers and the thrill of a good find are around every corner. Whilst there are many regular stallholders, there are always brand new sellers bringing an exciting range of new and used furniture, nick knacks, antiques and clothing.
Bring your good walking shoes and be prepared to bargain. That’s half the fun.
Buying second hand furniture online Technology has brought with it the ability for us to shop far and wide without leaving our front door. Online auction sites such as eBay as well as Gumtree, a free classifieds website, brings you the opportunity to find a needle in a haystack.
Narrow down your search for second hand furniture to include unique features such as colour or brand, and you’ll not only get results but also be able to sort by price, location and even spot a freebie here and there.
Grabbing a bargain online is super easy and can also extend to social media where there are plenty of buy/swap/sell groups set up. You are bound to find one nearby.
There are so many ways you can buy second hand furniture you’ll feel spoilt for choice. Take the time to measure your space so that you find an item that fits perfectly. If you are prepared to add a new coat of paint to something you see, you’ll probably even manage to get your pre-loved piece for a better price.