The Best Way to Buy Used Furniture

September 16, 2020

We discovered Estate Sales when we were looking for authentic home furnishings and lighting for our 1920’s home. After discovering a few good Estate Sales we were hooked and have been avid fans since. We stopped going for a few years because we didn’t need anything. But now we’re at it again to help our daughter furnish her apartment for next to nothing.

It’s at Estate Sales where we found the best deals on quality furniture and house hold necessities.

The first sale our daughter went to she picked at 4 place settings (16 pieces) of dishes for $18. We went to the same sale after her and found 3 metal mixing bowls for $3, a set of Paul Revere pots and pans for $22, a 10 x 8” hardwood cutting board for $3 and a liquid measuring cup for $1.

At Estate Sales we tend to hunt for hard case goods, decor, tools, kitchenware and art, so we don’t have to re-upholster. With that in mind, at a Studio City Estate Sale we found an early 2000’s, solid wood Restoration Hardware TV Console for just $45. At 64” and in near mint condition it has plenty of room for a 50” TV. At another sale, we found a 1970’s wood hallway cabinet for $30. A 1940’s Walnut plant stand for $15. Measuring cups for $1, a Bodin French Coffee Press for $3, and a set of kitchen cooking tools for $6.

Our kid has a teeny budget of $800 for everything, so we’re chipping in for the kitchen ware. She still has find dining chairs and a sofa. Not an easy task for decent quality, but doable at Estate Sales.

Yes, there will be some junk, hunting & digging is often required. But a good educated eye will lead you to great items. If you don’t know about furniture construction, do a deep Google search, read and learn. It will save you a heap of money in the long run.

We hunt for good sales at You can search by city, state or zip code. They list sales nationwide. Sales happen everyday of the week and many are now online.

Some sales are over priced, but often discount as the sale progresses. Be prepared to try to dicker. I usually ask nicely for a lower price. Pricing should be at least 50% below market. In our area we love Crown City, Grasons, Tall Robs and Howe. Well priced, well organized, nice peeps.

Remember, Estate Sales are where the dealers shop. Be prepared to pounce at these sales. People who know and dealers, don’t dawdle. Make sure you can move items yourself or have someone who can. Most sales for legal reasons won’t help you load product into your car or truck and you’ve a tight time frame to pick up, often same day.

During this pandemic everyone must wear a mask and do your best to socially distance. Most sales have hand sanitizer and shields at check out.