5 Advantages of Buying Used Furniture

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5 Advantages of Buying Used Furniture

1. Low Prices

The most popular reason to buy something used is to SAVE some money, and furniture is a great item that can often keep more money in your pocket if you can buy used. Especially on items that take little wear and tear such as accent tables, bookcases, display cabinets, etc. You can often get a piece of furniture at a fraction of the cost of what you would spend new, and you may never notice the difference.

2. Character & Craftmanship

How does the old saying go? "They don't make them like they used to!". This can be especially true in furniture, where it was very common years ago to use materials such as solid woods, hand tied springs, hand carving, and other features in furniture. This type of craftmanship is becoming a lost art today, as the marketplace has been driven by low cost goods in the mass market. Now this doesn't mean that every piece of used furniture is made of a superior quality to todays furniture, but what it does mean is that if you do look for quality craftsmanship in todays furniture, expect to spend a considerable amount of money. Depending on the wood, fabric, and craftmanship these highly crafted items normally cost in the thousands of dollars.

3. Uniqueness

With the growth of the Big Box Retailer in todays culture there is less choice than we used to have, many people want to have something unique in their home that maybe their neighbor or friend does not have. Our customers love to shop our used furniture, because they know they are getting something that may be a very rare piece that they may never find again.

4. Recycle

What a better reason to buy something new than to help keep down the use of natural materials used by unnecessary consumption? Rather than letting something go to waste, when you buy or donate used furniture someone else may be able to reuse or repurpose your furniture. This helps keep natural resources in the natural use of their life cycle and reduce landfill waste.

5. Repurpose & Make it your Own

One of the most popular trends in design today is to "Repurpose" furniture and other materials to be used in decor. Through the internet we now are able to get just about any idea of how to refinish, repaint, repair, or even remake just about anything. Maybe you have been looking everywhere for that pink dresser for your daughters room, but can't seem to find it anywhere. With the low cost of used furniture, your problems may be solved with just a little sweat and a gallon of paint, and on top of it all when someone asks, "Where did you get that great piece of furniture?" you can say you made it all yourself!


There are many more reasons that you may want to buy used furniture instead of new furniture, but these are the reasons we hear most often from our customers. In some instances, it may be better to buy something new as well as every situation is unique. We also suggest mixing up new and used furniture in your home as the it will provide visual interest in your home. If you have any reasons or comments you would like to add we would love to hear from you!

Don't Forget.....as always when you purchase from Furniture For A Cause you are also helping fund a program or housing for a homeless person or family in need.


David Reyna
General Manager - Samministries Furniture For A Cause

**David has been the General Manager of Furniture For A Cause since November 2010. His prior background has been almost 18 years as a lead buyer, merchandiser, and designer for upscale furniture and home decor retailers and manufacturers in the industry. He has been involved in design projects for several local restaurants, businesses, and numerous residential projects.

He can be reached at dreyna@samm.org.


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Furniture for a cause was founded in 2004 as an additional source of revenue for SAMMINISTRIES , a non-profit agency that serves homeless individuals and families in SOUTH texas, our store and website offers both new and gently used items for the home to the general public at reasonable prices, 100% of our net proceeds are donated back to SAMMINISTRIES