Buying Used Furniture in NYC

When moving to New York City, there’s a lot to budget. Typically people pay a broker’s fee (unless you’re strategic or lucky), a security deposit, and first month’s rent upfront. And before the bills start piling up, there are other first week essentials- like furniture. If you’re considering buying used furniture in NYC, your options aren’t limited to Craigslist. Instead, try these start-ups where New Yorkers can buy and sell used furniture. While there are economical and environmental incentives, please be wary of bed bugs (especially when buying soft furniture). But if you’re smart about searching and inspecting items, you can find real treasures. Now, here are the rankings of the most-talked about peer to peer platforms for buying used furniture in NYC:

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1) MoveLoot

  • Biggest Pro: MoveLoot takes photos/posts listing (great for credibility) and offers free shipping over $299
  • Biggest Con: Only serves Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn

Search and find used furniture on MoveLoot. If you spend more than $299, delivery is free in MoveLoots service areas (Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn). The service is both seller and buyer focused. MoveLoot picks up, gently cleans, photographs, and delivers the items. If you’re unhappy with the furniture piece, you can deny it on the spot or within a 48 hour window. Or if you’re unhappy with the listed price, you can make an offer on select listings. As if that’s not enough, MoveLoot offers a free design consultation! Look out for seasonal promotions (like 20% off with HARVEST) or utilize the “refer a friend” program to save some extra bucks.

Buying used furniture in NYC

2) KRRB

  • Biggest Pro: Address-specific local listing searches can make finding pick-up items easy
  • Biggest Con: Delivery options are scarce, but searchable

Search used furniture in NYC locally with KRRB, a sophisticated classified website. KRRB offers helpful filters to not only find the type of piece you need, but also the distance traveled, furniture style, or shippable items. You can even search as close as three blocks! So if you’re looking to avoid delivery costs, KRRB offers a great platform. Additionally, KRRB practices a spam and fraud protection, which you can’t find on Craigslist.

 

3) Apt Deco

  • Biggest Pro: Can search sale for discounted items, sometimes with free shipping
  • Biggest Con: Otherwise expensive shipping for buyers

On Apt Deco, sellers upload their own photos and customize the listings. However, select items list as “verified” if they are checked by the Apt Deco team. The return policy seems strict but fair, with the exception of damaged items, wrong items, missing items, or if the item received was not as described. The flat rate delivery charges $74 for large items (tables) and $20 for smaller items (lamps). Multiple items from one seller costs $74 for the first item and $25 for each additional item. For sets (like table and chairs), the first piece is $74 and each additional item in a set will be $25. So clearly delivery charges can add up fast! However, buyers can opt to pick up the furniture themselves. Use the SUBWAY coupon code to save!

 

4) Chairish

  • Biggest Pro: Make offers, so buyers don’t always have to pay asking price
  • Biggest Con: Design-angle favors more expensive items than “deals”

Charish, available throughout the continental U.S., sells furniture, home decor and more for design-inclined buyers. While there is a local pick-up option, delivery will otherwise fall on the buyer (unless noted free shipping, in which the seller pays). Buyers can receive items by packaged, flat rate shipping or white glove delivery. Local pick-up items can be denied on the spot, whereas delivered items must cancel within 48 hours (and pay for shipping/taxes). Chairish buyers can make offers, which means buyers can make an “all cash now” offer to sellers. However, all offers must be at least 75% of the initial asking price. To view markdown items, you must create a member login. Get $20 off your first purchase over $100 by signing up for marketing emails (offered through a pop up).

 

5) Furnishly

  • Biggest Pro: Find flea market items online
  • Biggest Con: Otherwise similar to Craig’s List

Furnishly is more like a Craiglist but exclusively for furniture. What’s great about Furnishly is that it can act as a online site for local flea markets that lack an e-commerce site. Otherwise, there’s its peer-to-peer selling with little interaction with the platform. Communication between buyers and sellers take place within the Furnishly website. While it’s easy to search items in NYC, the buyers must figure out pick-up and determine a seller’s credibility.

 

 

Morgan Glick

I write about New York and NYC real estate ventures, investments, tips, and community projects.

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