Just a couple of weekends back—the Honey and I were out on a Saturday morning, we hit a couple of thrift shops around here. One shop in particular has a huge furniture department. FILLED with furniture. I’m completely baffled by the cost of used furniture. I had already been to the Goodwill and another resource store the week before with my daughter—so I am beginning to notice the high prices of thrift stores!
Anyway—this particular Saturday, I walked the entire furniture floor looking at the furniture. None of this furniture has been revamped, remodeled, touched up; or altered.
This store is flipping furniture they’ve bought from auctions and selling AS IS. That’s one way of doing it.
I came across 2 pairs of chairs. These were the money makers. Everything else was very expensive, too expensive for me to purchase and make-over. I couldn’t get over the price of used …very used furniture at the thrift stores.
- These were $12.95 ea.
Both of these sets had springs in the seats. The second set was missing what appears to be decorative wood, on the backs of the seats. They were surprisingly solid and heavy. They all would need re-upholstering too.
- These were $5 bucks ea.
I read a lot. I see projects and ideas I would consider doing for myself. Now, I’m thinking of projects and ideas that I could do that would create some income for us.
I’ve never sold anything that I’ve refurbished. When I do work on furniture—it’s usually for my own personal use or I remake it with a friend or family member in mind.
A couple of points about refurbishing furniture, that I’ve picked up along the way:
- Practice makes IMPROVEMENT: I’m not a professional restorer or furniture flipper, the more I do it the better I’ll be come.
- Turn-a-round is IMPORTANT: Buying a piece to refurbish SOMEDAY isn’t going to be benefit the one doing the restoration. Efficiency and fastidiousness, that’s what gets the job done.
- Consider the INVESTMENT: Not every piece needs to be cheap or free. Sometimes you have to spend a little to make a little; ** TIME IS ALSO MONEY. When flipping furniture, think of the investment of time spent on a piece—not just cost.
With all the furniture being made over out there, do you think this trend of flipping furniture is here to stay?
Do you think it is just a trend?
Will there always be a market for people wanting to buy REfurbished furniture?Do you have some points of your own that you’d like to add? If so leave them below!
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