Tips for Successfully Buying Furniture at Yard Sales

Are you looking to purchase furniture on a small budget? Are you looking for furniture to enhance a room, or are you just looking for something to test your creative ideas? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then look no further than your neighborhood yard sale. Great furniture deals can be unearthed at community yard sales, but you have to examine the items before buying to ensure you’re getting a good deal.

Do you want to sit in a chair and have it suddenly collapse under you? Does one of your favorite dreams involve watching an entertainment cabinet crumble to the floor as it carries your HDTV flat screen television? Then the first thing you want to analyze is the stability of the furniture. Check the arms and legs if applicable. Move the piece around to check its sturdiness. Are there immovable marks and warped areas on the furniture? You do not want to buy something that you cannot use.

There are additional questions that need to be answered if you are evaluating the worth of a chair, loveseat, or sofa. How does the item fit into your plans?  Do you have plans to cover it with something or repaint? Perhaps you have decided to leave it exactly the way it is. The seller should be able to inform you if the furniture has been recently used or not and if so, in what type of environment. This is important to know if you have allergies to pet hair and other substances. If the piece was in storage, was it properly wrapped and placed in an area with an appropriate climate? Is the furniture free of major stains and in good shape? The seller’s responses will make a difference in whether or not you decide to complete the purchase.

Some people visit yard sales every weekend. Many of these people have taken up furniture shopping as a pastime. If you’re interested in buying furniture at yard sales, either as a leisurely pursuit, to enhance your home, or even for extra income, then you probably want to take the time to learn about furniture. A basic familiarity of home furnishings can help you isolate the one great furniture deal amidst a yard of bad ones. You should also be able to distinguish valuable items from inexpensive items. Imagine how much you would hate yourself if you altered an antique chair that was worth thousands of dollars and completely diminished its value. Your knowledge of antiques can be increased by visiting a community library and by researching the topic online.

Knowledge is indeed powerful, and this statement is extremely meaningful when it applies to buying furniture at yard sales. Recognizing a great bargain can really make your day.