The best way to save money is to buy heirloom quality used furniture at estate sales, flea markets, consignment shops or retailers specializing in used furniture.
If you have the time and skills to do restoration work you can pick up incredibly well made pieces for almost nothing.
- In many cases the former owners of the furniture simply want to get rid of the pieces.
- If you arrive with a truck or van that can haul the furniture away on the spot, price is a secondary consideration.
Recently I paid $100 for an old, but perfectly usable, leather chair made by Hancock & Moore. A similar chair would cost at least $2000 if purchased new.
Even if I spend a few hundred dollars to have the chair professionally reupholstered and the wood frame refinished, it would still be a great bargain.
I got a great deal by buying directly from the chair’s former owner. If I had purchased the chair through a re-seller I would probably have had to pay $250 – $500 for the piece – still a bargain.
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