Finding a bargain is a blast! However, sometimes when it comes to furniture, a bargain sometimes isn't "all that"! Here are a few tips to make sure you are getting the best deal for your hard earned cash!
Keep It Real - When you are looking at used furniture, make sure you only buy pieces that you are confident you can repair or maintain. Chances are if you buy a piece that requires more than your skill can handle (or your budget to pay someone else) it will sit in a garage or basement waiting for the "someday" you learn how to fix it or have the cash to do so. Pass it up. There are always other projects you can handle!
Keep It Solid - Look for solid furniture pieces. Real wood, real wood veneer, strong metal or other types of long lasting pieces. Stay away from laminates, composite woods, MDF and melamine. The real stuff is easier to refinish, repair and paint. Which makes your time and effort worthwhile.
Keep It Clean - Use your senses to check out a piece. If it smells bad (smoke, pet odors, mildew, etc) steer clear. Check the piece for critters as well. An old piece of furniture make be a bit dirty or dusty, but, things that smell bed or harbor fungus or critters aren't worth you getting sick or bringing unwanted bugs into your home.
Keep It Steady - Rock the piece of furniture. Is it wobbly or unsteady? This could be weak joints or warped wood which can be hard or impossible to fix. Find another piece to fall in love with!