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Imagine starting your small business, you do not have a lot of money, but you still want to impress your customers in a setting that is not just plastic and melamine.
You saw at a friend's computer enthroned on a magnificent oak desk that seems exclusive, with its leather blotter, and what mix of old and modern seduced you, you said to yourself: "I do not have the money for this." - but are you sure?
You just moved for the third time, and your film-coated chipboard furniture that was cheap enough "wood" - acquired in a furniture chain - you have slammed fingers between those, cut fingers on torn screws, it has loose shelves and damaged parts.
Ulcerated, you cry out: "I want solid wood! "But the solid - that is... solid wood, even the craft of furniture - it's very expensive for manufacturers and overpriced ?
Third example: you have inherited this magnificent buffet in oak from your grandmother, with beveled glass and embellished with reliefs, which evokes so many memories you. Problem is, it totally clashes with your Formica table and your sofa bed. You would like matching furniture ... But how to do this without spending a fortune?
There are at least three simple ways to acquire beautiful stylish and rustic oak furniture without breaking the bank: downgraded furniture, the deposit-sale and the used furniture.
Substandard furniture are new furniture sold by stores or manufacturers, but have a slight defect, making it significantly lower prices (25-50% on average): scuffing, a not exactly uniform color , a drawer that gets stuck a little or something like that... If the fault is not obtrusive nor embarrassing for the use of your furniture, you can make excellent business and gain a beautiful office, a large and beautiful dining room table or yet solid oak library for the price of pine furniture that was mass-produced.
Advantage: the furniture is brand new, so apart from this small defect (often nothing important), you install it as is, and you benefit sustainably because the solid wood furniture (oak, cherry, chestnut, beech ...) are stronger, more durable and resistant than their counterparts chipboard, needless to say.
Another alternative - still in stores - it is the series of purposes and exhibition furniture, sold off to renew the stock or because a long sun exposure of the showcase made it a little discolored. However, the rates are lower (10 to 30%). There are a site specializing in the sale of substandard furniture, see the bottom of this page.
Another alternative is the Consignment. There surely is one in your town where you will often find beautiful furniture in oak or other rare or precious woods that have the patina of age and experience lived, as filed by individuals. If the Consignment is a serious store, the furniture is normally in good condition, they were checked before being set for sale and the seller refused items too dilapidated. Sales deposit charge a commission (of 10-30%) on the sale price, which may decline if the furniture remains on sale some time (typically over a month).
There you can find the rare pearl, the Louis XVI desk that will impress your small business customers, the table and rustic chairs that will make you proud beside the buffet of your grandmother, the beautiful solid oak library holding your hundreds of books for many years. But beware! This furniture is unique, so you have to grab the chance when it arises. If you hesitate, they can easily be sold right before you know it...
Perhaps a visit to the local consignment shop will not work at first. Too old furniture, too ugly or not in the style you want ... Do not hesitate to come back: there are arriving daily mostly. Also talk to the seller of your desires: he will be happy to notify you when it will return something to your liking. See below the sites of two chains of Consignment.
Finally, for your pursuit of a unique beauty Regency office furniture or TV furniture from Louis Philippe period, it is of course classified ads.
Online classifieds sites are abound and Dealry monitors them!. The advantage of the ad is that you can really get a good deal: people sell their furniture because they need money, or space, or renew their furniture. There is no commission or intermediary, and you can acquire a stylish furniture at a price often lower than the thing-in-chipboard-to-assemble-yourself crap.
The disadvantage is that you can a lot of competition. However Dealry helps to send you all ads instantly they appear in here. Get free notifications today.
The announcement will necessarily attractive, advantageous pictures. The furniture looks quite dapper in some peoples eyes, but once you reported in, you realize it is eaten with worms, or a rickety foot or drawers that stuck ... and hard to get a refund! Well, it must be recognized that in furniture, the scam is uncommon compared to a car or appliance, for example: if there are faults, they are more clearly visible. Nevertheless proceed to rigorous scrutiny, do not just rely on appearances: the doors do they really work? The drawers slide well? Is there no wormholes? Does the furniture stand well on all four feet? Is its structure sturdy? Do not hesitate to lift or move to see. As a buyer you have "all the rights".
Here, you have acquired - the office, the library, the buffet or the old armchair, solid birch or oak, for a price barely higher - or lower - to factory productions chipboard. Congratulations! You have opted for aesthetics, durability, sustainability. In these times of throw-away, this is one noble gesture, as noble as your furniture.Related to furniture: