Sure, everyone knows Craigslist, but how about Chairish, 1stDibs, and Viyet? These sites (and the four others that follow) let you browse for pre-owned furniture in your area or across the country, while the sites' security measures take the sketchiness out of buying from a stranger online. Armed with these seven great sources and our best advice for how to use them, you'll soon have your whole home furnished with beautiful, pre-loved pieces.
Best for: The design-forward furniture shopper. You'll find trade-only brands and plenty of designer discards. The prices are higher than some other secondhand sites, but the selection is well-curated and there are deals to be found if you're willing to scroll for them.
Our advice: Search by city and pick up the items in person to save on the cost of shipping, as those can skyrocket the price. Scour the Markdowns Page for the best prices.
Best for: The luxury seeker who wants a one-of-a-kind find. Filled with carefully selected antiques and fine art from thousands of dealers across the country, 1stdibs is a one-stop shop for pieces that make the room. This site has everything you'll need to furnish your dream home.
Our advice: Set the sliding price limits before you search, so you can make sure you only fall in love with options that fit within your real-life budget.
Best for: Wannabe interior designers. Viyet was created with design professionals in mind, providing a place to not only purchase pre-owned designer furniture for their latest project, but also consign their client's old pieces. You don't need to be an industry insider to use the site, so check it out if you're looking for a designer piece at a fair price.
Our advice: If you're a furniture collector, bookmark this site for when you move or redecorate. Viyet currently accepts consignment in 12 cities across the country.
Best for: Those who like their vintage with a DIY edge. Etsy is best know as a source for handmade merch, but it also has a huge selection of vintage pieces from vendors all over the world. Because of the site's crafty culture, you'll find plenty of chalk painted and updated finds.
Our advice: Use the site like Craigslist and limit your search to items in your area. Picking up the piece yourself will save you from having to pay a pricey shipping fee.
Best for: Estate sale enthusiasts. EBTH—an acronym that stands for "Everything But The House" is a site that hosts online estate sales. If you're like us, you'd agree that the best part of an estate sale is getting to peek inside the home (I mean, that's why we all love house tours, right?), but the fact that you can rummage through a strangers' belongings from the comfort of your own couch is pretty remarkable.
Our advice: If you know what you're looking for, skip the house-by-house hunt, and use the categorical search tabs instead.
Best for: New York and D.C. dwellers. AptDeco's curated boards of pre-owned furniture read like a cheat sheet for what's hot in urban decor right now; you'll find lots of warm industrial furniture, handcrafted artisan pieces, and brands like West Elm and Room&Board.
Our advice: Take advantage of AptDeco's delivery service, which insures the item and saves you from having to drive a U-Haul across the city.
Best for: Those who want to shop local, but can't deal with Craigslist. The selection on Marketplace (our new Classifieds) is really dependent upon the area you search in, so searching within Brooklyn, it's no surprise I found tons of mid-century modern pieces and industrial-style lighting fixtures. To ease your mind about buying used furniture you haven't seen in person from a stranger you've never met, all communication is handled within Marketplace.
Our advice: Look for sellers with the "Certified" designation to feel more comfortable about your sight unseen purchase.
Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 10.18.16 - AH