These days second hand furniture shops are a dime a dozen, and – as you probably already know – some are better than others. So how do you weed out the good from the bad without wasting time or money?
Yelp and Google+
This should go without saying, but in the social age your best resource for any kind of information is other people. Not everyone is looking for the same thing in a second hand furniture store, though, so make sure to read complaints if there’s a bad rating.
Think about Your Needs
First off, come into things knowing what you’re looking for. Are you looking to save money on so-so pieces? Is there a specific aesthetic you’re after? Are you more interested in unique retro looks or quality contemporary? A fixer-upper or something ready to go?
Do Your Research
Aside from reviews, it could save you a lot of time to do your due diligence and head to stores’ websites first. This should give you a feel for their inventory (if they show it), their pricing (is it upscale vintage or low-end thrift?), and their stock (boutique with daily changeover vs. giant warehouse).
Check Out Hotel Liquidations
This might surprise you, but hotel liquidations businesses can be incredible places to look for second hand furniture. Even if you’re not buying bulk orders to fill a hotel, if they have a show room you can often buy individual pieces at closeout and bulk prices.