Fast furniture is the way that America lives and it sees nine million tons of furniture end up in landfill every year.
This is a horrific waste, not just of resources but also of money.
Nearly every piece thrown out could be repurposed, reconditioned and reused and at a much lower cost than a new piece of furniture.
That’s why we think everyone should buy, at least some of, their furniture online from secondhand furniture stores and the good news is that there are some great stores out there.
Whether you’re looking for some apartment therapy or have decided to go with some minimalist bedroom ideas, we’ve got you covered and each of these second hand furniture stores is awesome.
Facebook Marketplace is a great place for furniture bargains and, in fact, we know a few people who have made a business out of buying furniture on Marketplace, refurbishing it and then selling it on.
The only downside of using Facebook Marketplace is there are no guarantees or consumer protection, what you see is what you get.
However, you can check out seller’s ratings if they sell regularly on Facebook and that can help you decide how much you’re willing to spend with someone.
Yes, the world’s biggest arts and crafts market also sells vintage furniture pieces.
Of course, you don’t deal directly with Etsy, you deal with the individual stores but whether it’s furniture or lighting or even rugs, if you search through the site, you can find it.
There’s also something for every budget from plans to build your own furniture for a couple of bucks through to rare antiques that cost tens of thousands.
It’s best to set a budget for furniture and stick to it, in our experience, or you can end up spending a fortune.
If you have a serious sense of style backed with a seriously weighty bank account then 1st Dibs might well be the best second hand furniture store online.
However, the ultra-stylish pieces from hand vetted vendors are often way, way beyond our budget, sadly.
The site often donates some of its profits to good causes though.
Chairish is for high end curated pieces and as you’d expect that tends to lead to higher than average prices for their pieces.
This does have some advantages though and it means that when you buy from Chairish you have a couple of days to try the piece out and return it if you’re not satisfied, for your money back.
It’s a site that balances quality and value nicely.
If you want something really stylish from a top designer then you might want to head to Sotheby’s Home.
While Sotheby’s main business is auctions, there are “buy now” and “make an offer” options for many of the pieces that they sell.
Just watch the shipping costs which vary with each item depending on where the seller is based.
Kaiyo has long been one of our favorite second hand online furniture stores and for good reason, it’s a fully specialist furniture store committed to bringing you quality and value.
We’ve found the occasional bargain on the site and we’ve never felt like we’ve overpaid for furniture from this company.
From payment to delivery everything is kept simple on Kaiyo and we’re glad of it, it gives us more time to enjoy the furniture we buy.
Apartment Therapy Bazaar
This is a great site which offers a huge range of styles from the modern right through to the utterly unique antique piece.
You can find something for every room of the house on Apartment Therapy Bazaar and we suspect that many of you will.
Prices are very reasonable too.
Everything But The House (EBTH)
Everything But The House is a “marketplace for the uncommon” and while it does offer furniture it offers a lot of other things too.
The good news is that there are bargains galore and everything is accurately catalogued, photographed and, where necessary, authenticated by real experts.
The end-to-end service is excellent too, you can always find something unique for your home on EBTH and, usually, without breaking the bank for it.
Sadly, it’s only available to New Yorkers for now, but AptDeco offers an excellent collection of curated furniture which can be delivered, fully insured, anywhere in the five boroughs of NYC.
They handle all the hassle of pick up and delivery from the vendor making it easy to buy secondhand furniture from anywhere in the city.
We like AptDeco a lot and we hope the service expands its scope in the near future.
Final Thoughts On The Best Online Second Hand Furniture Stores
Of course, you can also find second hand furniture on the behemoths of the internet – eBay, Craigslist and Amazon but the online second hand furniture stores above are more fun to shop.
We love buying second hand furniture and it saves us from contributing to the 9 million tons of landfilled furniture every year too and it saves us money when compared to buying new too.
Of course, while we love second hand furniture it doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally purchase a new piece of furniture and when you do, we recommend buying from these online furniture stores.