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Essential Terms for Used Furniture Buyers

Quality furniture is built by skilled craftsmen and is intended to be used for generations. But visiting a used or secondhand furniture shop can cause the average person a tremendous amount of anxiety. Not only do furniture manufacturers and dealers speak their own language, but unfortunately that language varies from store to store. Before going shopping for used furniture, consumers should acquaint themselves with these commonly used terms.

  • Antique - This term and "vintage" are used to describe older, used furniture. Different dealers may have different ideas about what constitutes an antique because there is no formal definition. Many consumers assume that all antiques are valuable and this simply isn't true.
  • Consignment Shops - Stores that sell items on behalf of sellers, while taking a cut of the sale price. Many estate liquidators send items to these outlets. Consignment shops are always receiving new inventory and frequently specialize in high end items.
  • Contemporary/Modern - This home furnishing style emphasizes a smooth, clean look and emphasizes function over form. Many offices favor this style because, although it's plain, it can be very stylish.
  • Outlets - Outlet stores specialize in selling discontinued, damaged and one-of-a-kind pieces that can't be sold in traditional retail outlets. Unlike secondhand shops, all of the items in an outlet store are new, albeit unusual.
  • Modular - Refers to furniture systems that can be styled in a number of different configurations. A maze of office cubicles is the most common example of this system.
  • Refurbished - A term that simply means an item has been cleaned up and repaired for sale. The degree to which it has been refurbished can vary from item to item. Antique buyers should be aware that refurbishing can impact the value of a particular piece.
    Furniture Bank Association of North America
    Columbus, OH 43222
    We are a non-profit organization which collects good quality used furniture and provides it to those in need. Our members are dedicated to making a difference in communities across the nation.
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    King David Gallery
    128 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
    Welcome to King David Gallery, an Online Mirror, Canvas and Glass Store for Glass Table Tops NYC, Canvas Stretching, Closet Doors, Custom Cut Glass, Custom Cut Mirrors, Custom Framing, Dry Mounting
    (212) 727-9700
    Home Trading Post
    27 Laurel Road, East Northport, NY 11731
    We are a furniture consignment shop. We will sell your furniture on consignment to the public, decorators from our store or our website.
    (631) 239-5136
    Wesco Fine Furniture
    214 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936
    Wesco Fine Furniture has provided home furnishings to residents of East Hanover, NJ since 1955.
    (973) 887-0517
    United Furniture Exch
    17012 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432
    (718) 523-1767
    Frieda's Antiques & Collectibles
    10505 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
    (718) 575-5455
    Bear Office Furniture & Computer Furniture Inc
    258 Jericho Tpke, Mineola, NY 11501
    (516) 741-7666
    Carr Business Systems
    15921 Crossbay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414
    (718) 835-6800
    Advance Office Designs
    366 Pearsall Ave Ste 4, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
    (516) 239-6699
    Old & New Shop
    8814 Union Tpke, Ridgewood, NY 11385
    (718) 381-8814
    Old & New Shop
    7130 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385
    (212) 633-0329
    Moving Right Along
    8920 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385
    (718) 268-5880
    Bj Nicols Furniture
    5820 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385
    (718) 381-9801
    A Old & New Shop
    259 Saint Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
    (718) 381-8043
    General Merchandise Outlet
    452 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
    (718) 497-9593
    Louis's Furniture & Flea Market
    461 Liberty Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207
    (347) 405-7556

    The used furniture dealer industry can allow people to inexpensively furnish residential or commercial areas. Secondhand furniture can be purchased in different styles and using varied materials. Professionals involved in offering furniture for resale might choose to specialize in secondhand items exclusively. On the other hand, businesses might also offer used furniture at store discounts, alongside items newly received from the manufacturer. Used furniture dealers can vary in the type or antiquity of the kind of item they offer. For example, the secondhand industry can specialize in offering modern or contemporary pieces at a particular shop. Tables could be bought for the specific office use of holding computers in cubicles. Offices might choose to purchase desks or chairs at such a commercial outlet. When furniture is sought for residential rather than business purposes, people might prefer to buy vintage pieces. Customers typically purchase antique pieces and leather couches for dining rooms. Homeowners also typically shop for living room items at such establishments. In addition to types of furniture, dealers can vary in how they make these items available to the public. For one, dealers might set up on-site outlets where people can freely browse through various furniture items. Conversely, secondhand dealers could allow customers to search through their inventories on the Internet. These decisions can also determine how cheaply items might be offered to the public. Consignment furniture, for example, offers the original provider of an item the chance to recoup a percentage of its eventual sale. Additionally, dealers can choose between offering such items in its original state, versus the refurbishment of items to a pristine or near-pristine state. Even if secondhand dealers are strictly on-site, they may still establish an online presence in order to attract customers.
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