If you’re bored of your old furniture but can’t afford (or simply don’t want to) splash out on a brand-new set of replacements, going the secondhand route makes a great choice. Look hard enough, and not only will you find a great range of options (some being as near to box-fresh as you could want, others being more in the “antique” line), you’ll be able to refresh your décor at a fraction of the price you would otherwise. If the only thing that’s putting you off the idea of secondhand furniture is the thought of wasting days on end scouring thrift stores and flea markets, you’re in luck. These days, there’s a score of secondhand furniture stores online, offering every conceivable type of furniture you could imagine at bargain-basement prices. If you’re in the market for some decent furniture, save your money and your time by checking out our selection of the top ten online secondhand furniture stores for 2020.
Hands up who knew Amazon sold secondhand furniture? Not many, I bet, although considering they sell almost everything else, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. For those in the market for used goods, Amazon is a veritable treasure trove, offering everything from 19th-century antiques to contemporary articles from the nineties. Prices vary hugely, as do shipping policies, but with all sellers obliged to provide the same follow-up service you’d expect of any Amazon product, you can be assured your money’s in good hands.
The original local marketplace had to get a mention somewhere, didn’t it? Although it’s not a dedicated secondhand furniture site like some of our other options, Craigslist (craigslist.org) is still a great place to check out. As the listings are local, there’s even the option to view the item in person before committing to the purchase.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Thanks to its local content, Facebook Marketplace is a great way to check out 2nd hand furniture sellers in your area. Like Craigslist, most purchases are picked up directly from the owner, so you’ll be able to make sure the items are suitable before handing over your cash.
For the visually inclined, Letgo is an amazing resource. The image-driven platform organizes listings by category in a photo gallery format, giving you plenty of opportunities to check out the goods before committing to a purchase. Other than the excellent format, the site features a great range of “extras”, including a chat feature that allows you to interact with sellers, the options to browse other items of interest based on seller, and a very handy app that lets you keep on top of new listings while you’re on the go.
What doesn’t eBay sell? Even though it’s been around for a while now, the world’s foremost online auction site is still an excellent place to pick up a bargain, regardless of what kind of bargain you’re in the market for. When it comes to secondhand furniture, there’s no limit to what you can find. Priceless antique armoires, bruised and battered chests, as-new Ikea room dividers… basically, whatever item, brand, or price point you’re looking for, you’re almost certain to find it here. Along with the excellent range, the site boasts a number of attractive features, including quick, secure payment via PayPal on most sales, the option to ask the seller questions before committing to a purchase, and a useful feedback section that lets you know how happy previous customers were with an individual seller’s goods, service, and delivery speed.
Think Etsy and you probably imagine lots of cute aprons, “interesting” jewelry, and home-crafted bags. While it’s true that Etsy has built up its brand around arts and crafts, it’s also a great place to source secondhand furniture. Prices do vary considerably depending on seller (as do shipping policies) but invest a little time in the site and you’re almost certain to stumble on something of interest. Like eBay, Etsy allows potential customers to interact with sellers over the online platform, giving you a great opportunity to find out any relevant bits and pieces before committing to a purchase.
If boho chic is your bag, Chairish is the site for you. Essentially an upscale, modern-day version of an online flea market, the site is a great place to find vintage pieces of both the indoor and outdoor variety. Prices are generally more than reasonable, and most listings come with enough photos to give you an excellent idea of what you’re signing up for. Free pickup is usually the go-to standard for local listings, while sellers are obliged to cover the shipping costs of any small items (although expect to dig in your own pockets for bulkier goods).
Besides the great range of competitively priced vintage and secondhand pieces, AptDeco offers potential buyers some seriously attractive options, including free returns, flat-rate delivery, and a money-back guarantee policy. Few sites are quite so generous, nor so well stocked with quality used pieces. The only pitfall is that for now, sellers are limited to those in the New York and New Jersey areas only. On the plus side, the site is currently in the process of rolling out its coverage across other major cities in the US.
9. Apartment Therapy Bazaar
Apartment Therapy Bazaar is a community-driven marketplace that’s a great place to find a bargain. Items tend to be more upscale than your average secondhand furniture store… think less IKEA and more Beverly Hills boutique and you get the picture. For those who want to keep abreast of all the latest listings while they’re on the go, there’s a handy app to download.
10. Sotheby’s Home
If you’re searching for high-quality items and don’t mind paying a little extra for the privilege, Sotheby’s Home is worth checking out. While items vary from the antique and the vintage to the new and the gently used, they are all guaranteed to be in excellent condition (something Sotheby’s Home assures by personally checking each and every item before publishing it on their site). Premium quality, does, as you’d expect, come with premium prices; that said, the quality of the furniture on offer still makes it worthy of consideration… even if you shouldn’t expect to find any item below $1000.