Buying used things has long ceased to be a shameful attribute of poverty or greed. The difference between a completely new and a previously used thing is practically invisible, and the price differs significantly. In addition, the trend towards conscious and rational consumption calls for squeezing the maximum out of household items.
Following is a list of interior objects on the purchase of which you can save a lot of money from your hands.
1. Metal shelving
Metal furniture has long ceased to be an attribute of office centers and gyms. Due to the simplicity of assembly and operation, more and more people prefer steel storage systems and racks. The surface does not crack during use and does not undergo deformation and corrosion, so it can efficiently serve several owners and help save money. There are many options for using a metal storage system.
- Dressing area in the bedroom.
- The place for blanks in the pantry.
- Option for organizing toys in the nursery.
The design features of most systems allow racks to be mounted in almost any room. Elements can be removed or rearranged if necessary.
2. Chests of drawers and wardrobes
There may be several reasons to buy a chest of drawers or a wardrobe with your hands. This is both savings, and the opportunity to purchase furniture from collections that have been discontinued, and the search for something original. It is often necessary to expand the storage space in the bedroom with a couple of wardrobes. At the same time, it is not possible to replace all the furniture in the room with a new collection. Services for the sale of used things come to the rescue, where it is difficult to find a suitable copy.
Wardrobes, dressers, tables when moving, few people take with them. Many are willing to leave the furniture for almost nothing. Traces of use in scuffs, scratches, and chips can be easily removed with modern chemistry or improvised means. The appearance can be adapted to the new interior using decoupage, painting, replacement of fittings.
3. Soft furniture
Finding upholstered furniture that fits perfectly into the interior can be pretty tricky. Often a sofa that matches the shape turns out to be the wrong color, and furniture that matches the color of the finish does not fit in the allotted space.
You can create a set “for yourself” by dragging a used sofa with your favorite textiles or leather. Most of the companies that renovate upholstered furniture do the work within 24 hours. At the same time, replacing upholstery, transformation mechanisms, repairing frames and springs are often cheaper than a new set.
4. Antique tables and chairs
Sometimes, it turns out to find natural “treasures” that fit perfectly into the design concept in the secondary market. If you are thinking of creating a shabby chic, retro or vintage interior, used tables and chairs are difficult to do without.
Ordering antiques in the salon is accompanied by a relatively long waiting period for delivery and is often overpriced. If you are pretty familiar with antique furniture and know a good restorer, feel free to refer to the message boards for self-selection of a dining set. Often a real rarity inherited by someone, unknowingly, can be put up for sale at a completely ridiculous price.
Young parents cannot do without a crib, but you can save on the purchase—the owners of small apartments sell out children’s accessories that have lost their relevance almost immediately. At the same time, the price differs from the store price several times.
If a cheap bed does not fit into the nursery’s color scheme, it is easy to paint and decorate it with a canopy or bumpers.
6. Ethnic decor
Ethnic motives transform a faceless space, add mood to the interior. You can buy an original candlestick, lamp, or carpet not only by going on a trip. Eclectic lovers often find vases with oriental ornaments, textiles, antique dishes at half price at a flea market. The decor does not lose its attractiveness during use, and slight aging even suits it.
Buying used equipment is a smart option for those who do not have a sufficient budget to purchase a new one or are equipping a rented apartment.
Most manufacturers promise a 7 to 10 year lifetime. When buying goods by hand, it is better to choose the one where the service life is at least two times less than the maximum allowable. Buying housing and cars in the secondary market has always been considered the norm. Today, this trend has spread to dozens of other product categories. That is why online services for the resale of used items have been popular for several years.