Second-Hand Furniture

My friend would never even consider second-hand furniture in her house unless it was an antique passed down through the family. Our house, on the other hand, is full of them and we are so happy and proud!

Almost all the bedrooms are full of furniture that was from my grandparent's house or purchased on Craigslist (with new box springs and mattresses of course). The living room is the same, except for the couch and two chairs.

My favorite piece was actually garbage-picked. We saw it on the side of the road by someone's driveway and just couldn't believe they were throwing it out. In fact, we stopped and asked just to make sure! My husband did have to refinish it, which he has done to numerous pieces that we own, and it turned out beautifully!
We have saved so much money over the years not buying brand new furniture, and we have received many compliments on the pieces we bought second-hand. Add in the whole environmental aspect of this and it is a win-win situation. 

Do you always have to buy brand new furniture? Can you save yourself some money and find a very comparable piece in a used furniture store or on Craigslist? It takes just as much time shopping this way as in a furniture store (which takes up a lot of emotional energy), and the bonus is the significantly reduced cost.