Furniture

Thrifting : How to Find Great Furniture

Apart from mattresses, I think furniture that has been around for a while is much more interesting than new furniture. Although you can choose to spend a lot of money to renovate the house you can provide cheap and creative furniture through development and insight and spend some time watching. Shopping for furniture in a thrift store is a little different from looking for second-hand clothes, and some people are more familiar with it.

First of all, unlike clothes, when you are looking for second-hand furniture, you may be looking for a specific piece (or even a piece of a specific size that fits the position you want to fill). Therefore, before starting to view, please write down the dimensions which are required by you as well as the paint samples and other existing samples that are required. 

Shop locally:

Most communities have large stores, such as the Salvation Army or goodwill stores, as well as smaller stores. I think it is worth checking at least three different stores, and remember that depending on the location, the goods can be open every day (in New York, San Francisco, or Boston) or every week elsewhere. If you have made several passes but did not find an item you like, please consider buying directly from someone who wants to sell one. Craigslist and eBay (you can narrow your search to the local area on the latter site) are both good resources for people who want to get rid of the bulk. 

Check for issues:

After you find a piece that suits your need then please check it carefully whether it has any issues or not. Please pay attention to any scratches if it has, tests its swing, and carefully observe the wood whether it is solid wood or some kind of cheap composite material. If possible, move it and look at it from all angles and make sure that the limbs of the item are straight and free. You should also look carefully if any fabric on the piece (such as chair cushions) is soiled or faded? 

Envision changes:

If you plan to paint, please do a test to imagine the furniture in your home and paint it in the colors that you want. I do this by opening my eyes and maintaining a good appearance, then closing and imagining, then opening and looking again. If you take a few minutes to do this then I believe that you will have an accurate understanding of its final appearance. It is also smart to mention images of your space and other furniture here. 

Look at the furniture’s “bones”

Take a look at the “bones” of the furniture: I have a beautiful recliner and matching chairs, which belong to my grandmother. I think the last time she redecorated it was in 1968, so when I inherited them, its wear and tear were worse. Instead of spending money on new things, I ordered organic cotton canvas fabrics and spent my money to redo them. 

Think creatively, especially if you’re on a budget:

A dresser bought at a bargain price can be given new life by painting it properly and using new knobs. Tables with scratches on them but with beautiful legs can be covered with a series of interesting short tablecloths also ugly, scratched shelves with simple lines just need to be painted with a good coat of paint and that’s it. It will surely look great. The headboard can be covered with draped fabric, and the top of the coffee table can be cut or stripped and covered with transparent shellac.

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