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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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    West Michigan Office Interiors
    3770 Plaza Drive Suite 4, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    West Michigan Office Interiors offers custom design solutions for offices, including eco-conscious options. With over 30 years of experience, they are professionals at furnishing any office space.
    (734) 929-9400
    What A Find! Consign
    100 E Logan St, Tecumseh, MI 49286
    Our unique shop brims with clean, quality, almost new home furnishings. Our constantly changing inventory promises great monthly markdowns and an exciting shopping experience.
    (517) 423-2959
    Efficient Office Solutions
    24470 Indoplex Circle, Farmington Hills, MI 48335
    Efficient Office Solutions was founded in 2004 by two young entrepreneurs, Adam London and Johnny Ginnetti. The specialize in pre-owned and refurbished office furniture.
    (734) 367-9054
    Smart Office Systems
    1220 Jewett St Ste A, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 998-0833
    Value World
    987 Manufacturers Dr, Westland, MI 48186
    (734) 728-4610
    Mister Outlet Furniture
    29865 Michigan Ave, Inkster, MI 48141
    (734) 326-4100
    Home to Home LLC
    42941 7 Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167
    (248) 348-3750
    Value World
    22615 Ecorse Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
    (313) 299-1260
    Home-Office Connection
    1224 N Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48162
    (734) 240-2621
    Acts II
    2520 N Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48162
    (734) 241-2272
    CORT Furniture Rental & Clearance Center
    42350 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
    (248) 449-7560
    Village Antiques
    22630 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124
    (313) 563-1230
    Sauer Furniture and Antiques
    15300 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe, MI 48161
    Sauer Furniture & Antiques has offered a collection of unique items for our customers since 1963. We carry a full line of new and used furniture, antiques, and collectibles.
    (734) 242-6284
    Sos Smart Office Systems
    34119 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington, MI 48331
    (248) 324-1963
    A-Z Resale
    21552 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219
    (313) 541-7405

    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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