Top 10 Places to Score Furniture - On the Cheap!

1. Facebook Marketplace

Convenient and quick, Facebook Marketplace is my go to location for finding used furniture for refurbishing. I love that I can save pieces that are listed higher than I am willing to pay and then watch them for price reductions. I also take full advantage of the "saved searches" feature, tracking the pieces I look to purchase most often so I am notified when a new piece comes available. On an average day I probably check FB Marketplace 5+ times for new listings.

Top 10 Places to Score Furniture - On the Cheap!
Dated Hutch - Purchased in Facebook Marketplace

2. Kijiji

With the growing popularity of FB Marketplace, Kijiji is not as popular as it once was but it is still a great place to hunt vintage furniture. Remember, not everyone has a Facebook account and much of the older generation currently looking to downsize is more likely to list online using a free site that doesn't require a social media account.


3. Craigslist

Craigslist is not a crazy popular sale site in my area but it is my go to when I visit my in-laws on the West Coast, this one is hit or miss depending on it's popularity in your local area but it is definitely worth checking out.


4. Town Post

I was recently introduced to Town Post which offers free online classifieds on items for sale by owner in various small towns across Western Canada. If you're willing to travel a bit for a great piece of furniture than Town Post is an excellent hunting ground with not a lot of competition from other buyers.

Top 10 Places to Score Furniture - On the Cheap!
Refurbished China Cabinet - Estate Piece

5. Garage Sales

When it comes to buying furniture at garage sales the old saying "the early bird gets the worm" is almost always true. The well priced pieces disappear FAST. A lot of sellers post their larger pieces online to advertise their sale and then they are scooped up first thing in the morning. The best plan with garage sales is to find your destinations the night before and get to as many of the sales as you can about 20 minutes before the advertised start time.


6. Estate Sales

Estate sales normally take place when a person or a family is selling off virtually everything in their home, perhaps because of a death in the family, bankruptcy, radical downsizing, or even a cross-country move. Many estate sales are advertised in the same places as used furniture such as Kijiji and Craigslist, you'll have to hunt them out on a regular basis to find any you may be interested in attending. Estate companies may run their estate sales online, in person or even out of a storefront. When you visit a professionally-run estate sale, ask to get on the company's e-mail list. Most send out regular notifications of their upcoming sales. In general, professionally managed estate sales will not haggle their prices so if you enjoy paying bargain-basement prices, then hit the sales on the last day, when prices typically are slashed.


With everything I have going on any given day I couldn't be bothered to put it in the legwork hunting down weekly estate sales but I have subscribed to sellmystuffcanada.com - Sell My Stuff will email me notification of any online estate and content sales they are running local to me and all purchasing is done online.


7. Auction

Auctions can be held in different locations including auction houses, hotel and conference centers or even online. It is not uncommon for estate auctions to be held on site at the estate location. Before the auction, where possible, prepare by familiarizing yourself with the auction inventory and doing any research you can on the pieces you're int