As a professional "Scavenger" for Apartment Therapy (and a pro user personally, long before AT came around), digging through what's for sale has become second nature.
But to those new to the game, there are really three key elements for making it work for you:
- Have a clear idea of what you're looking for, so that searching is specific rather than a frustrating free-for-all.
- Know what things cost when new, so that you have bargaining power for the used.
- Be patient. Look every day for a week for something specific, and it's bound to turn up.
There are a lot of useful tips for the seller as well, but if you're most interested in the shopping side of things, we say the time and effort involved is well worth the money you'll save and the fun you'll have when scavenging.
Above: Herman Miller plywood chairs for $495 each obo