What to look out for when buying second-hand furniture online
Buying second-hand furniture is kinder to your pocket than buying new and not to mention kinder to the environment. They also come with a lot of character and sense of story and brighten up any room.
Here are a few simple tips to get you started on your hunt for characteristic second-hand pieces.
Before you go buying any piece of furniture it’s important to take measurements of the area where you are going to put the item and the door. The last thing you want to happen is to bring home your lovely new sofa and find it doesn’t fit in the door of your living room.
If you are buying on eBay or Preloved make sure there are pictures. Ask the seller to provide you with a variety of pictures especially close-ups, so you can assess if there is any stains or tears etc. It’s important to ask the seller questions like whether or not it is a smoking or non-smoking house.
Have a budget in mind. If you don’t have a whole lot to spend search for listings on eBay with spelling mistakes as these will usually receive less attention and will have far fewer bids on them. You can use websites like Missing-Auctions.com to help you in your search for misspelled listings. This is one fantastic loophole that will no doubt find you a massive bargain.
Now the painful process of getting it home. Some eBay listings are listed as collection only, which mean you have to organise your own delivery. However, you can use websites like Shiply to get free quotes on large and heavy items. Don’t forget to include the cost of shipping in your budget.
When making a payment online use PayPal where possible, especially if you are paying upfront. Paypal gives you extra protection should the worse happen and often provide reimbursement if you do not receive the item or it isn’t as described.
Keep an open mind and most of all have fun!
This post has been written for Serenity You