It's not always easy to find good quality, affordable furniture to repaint and make a profit on by reselling it. I have spent quite some time figuring out where to get the best furniture and how to get it with so many others doing the same thing as I do.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to find the best furniture to repaint!
1: Let people know what you are doing and build relationships
This is by far THE most important way to get the furniture you want. Be public about what you do. Post on your social media and let people know you are looking for quality furniture to buy at a fair price. Build relationships with the people that work at your local thrift stores and ask them to call you when good furniture comes in. Get to know the local people that do estate sales. They often unload furniture cheaply afterward in an auction if it doesn't sell. Often word of mouth is the best way to get what you are looking for.
2: Utilize social media and apps
We live in a mobile society these days and everything happens online. You can use that to your advantage. Look in places like Craigslist, the Freecycle Network, local facebook garage, and yard sale groups, local online upcycle and recycle groups. Make posts with what you are looking for (see #1!) and let people know you buy furniture.
Use apps on your phone like Offer Up, LetGo, Varage Sale and Nextdoor, which is an app that connects you to your neighborhood, where people often have furniture for sale when they move. Often enough people want to get rid of their furniture and are flexible on price.
3: Garage and Estate Sales
Estate sales are usually grossly overpriced. Talk to the people at the estate sale and ask them what happens to the furniture if it doesn't sell. The answer I get the most is that it will end up on a furniture auction in an attempt to still get a little bit of money out of it, and that is where you go to buy it at a much cheaper price.
Garage sale hunting is one of my favorite things to do. This is where you find the most unexpected and well-priced goodies. People want to get rid of stuff and are willing to negotiate. My advice is to look up where the garage sales in your area are and go early. Early birds find the best stuff.
You will also often find pre-sales on sites where the garage sale is advertised, such as Craiglist. If you ask, they will often hold furniture for you, especially if you pre-pay them via online payment methods such as PayPal, Zelle or Venmo.
4: Thrift stores and Goodwill
These days the Goodwill stores are heavily upping their prices, so it becomes increasingly hard to find good deals. Especially considering the fact there are so many furniture hunters out there. However, going back to point #1, if you build a relationship with them, they may send you a quick text when something good comes in. Learn their routines, find out what days they usually change up the furniture stock and keep hunting, because there are treasures to be found.
Thrift stores are often private. Many churches, ministries, and humane societies have little thrift stores full of goodies. Again, build relationships with your local ones. Maybe offer to volunteer for a few hours in exchange for a call when good things come in. Become a regular and tell them what you are looking for and always leave your business card. They are often eager to sell and will call or text you before the item even hits the floor.
Did you know that there are massive events where you can buy more furniture than you can handle? For example, 127 Yard Sale that happens in TN once a year. Check out this guide with all the biggest yard sales in the US! You would not believe all the things you can find there. Rent a Uhaul, bring a bunch of cash and your very best negotiating skills and go shopping!
I hope this helped you on your journey to finding awesome furniture to paint! It would love it if you would come hang out with me on Facebook and Instagram so I can bring you more free tips and tutorials! Click the Pinterest button to save this article for later on your Pinterest!
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