How to Shop Second Hand Furniture & Homeware Online
Since so many of us are spending most of our time at home nowadays, you might have realised it is time to take on that room makeover you’ve been putting off or maybe you might be working on creating the perfect home office or just looking for that one inspiring piece to add some joy to your home. Whatever your situation, we’ve put together for you our top 5 tips to help make shopping second hand furniture and home goods easier and quicker. Happy home decorating!
#1: SECONDHAND AND VINTAGE HOMEWARE APPS AND SITES
Although scrolling on Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or Craigslist for hours on end can once in a while help you discover some real gems, heading to a specifically tailored second hand furniture app will give you a larger variety and a more specific overview of just what you are looking for. Some of our favorite second hand and vintage furniture marketplaces include Chairish and Everything But The House for those of us based in the US as well as UK/European favourite Wallapop.
Please make sure to take the necessary safety precautions when picking up furniture from online sellers!
#2: ASK QUESTIONS
All the vintage and secondhand sellers we’ve come across absolutely love engaging with their buyers and explaining details or giving measurements. Therefore, don’t be shy to ask questions about the condition, size and material of the items - you don’t want to end up with something that doesn’t fit your home!
#3: SHOP WITH DIMENSIONS IN MIND
This is an important one as many second hand furniture retailers don’t allow you to return furniture, and this holds even truer when it comes to buying from a marketplace, so it is essential to make sure that the piece will actually fit how you’ve imagined it to. Make sure you have measurements of the place you plan to fill, but also don’t forget to measure your doorways and other access points to make sure you can actually bring your new place home.
#4: A LITTLE BIT OF DIY GOES A LONG WAY
Maybe you’ve found just the piece you dreamed of, but the paint is a little chipped or the fabric is stained. Sometimes a piece of furniture just needs some sanding and a fresh coat of paint or new fabric to make it work. Good quality hardwood or metal items that just need a simple ‘face-lift’ are often a much better and more durable investment than a cheap modern replica.
The costs of your DIY project can quickly add up though, so don’t forget to work that into your budget when shopping for second hand furniture.
#5: EBAY, ETSY AND INSTAGRAM
Ebay, Etsy and Instagram are packed with unique statement furniture and home decor pieces from Turkish rugs to handmade ceramics. Ebay and Etsy are especially good if you already have a specific designer, style or piece in mind whilst Instagram’s vintage stores allow you to scroll through thousands of amazing pieces for hours on end. Find the best of Etsy’s reclaimed furniture HERE.
And last don’t forget to keep an open mind and have fun with the process! We hope you find all the furniture and home decor your heart desires!