When it comes to furnishing your home, the concept of "new" has a certain charm. However, the allure of spanking new furniture right from a big box retailer might seem compelling, but it's not the only - or even the best - way to furnish your living space. At Around the Block, we offer an alternative to getting fantastic home furnishings: second-hand furniture. And no, it's anything but second best. We explore why shopping for preowned furniture at a consignment shop is more than a charming notion. It's smart shopping!
Why Shop Second Hand Furniture
Why do we insist buying second-hand from a consignment store is a better way? Let us count just some of the reasons why.
- Value for Money. New furniture, especially high-quality pieces from reputable brands, can set you back substantially. Buying previously owned furniture at a consignment store will give you more bang for your buck. The depreciation curve of furniture is such that you can often find gently used, high-quality pieces at a better value than the original cost. By investing in preloved furniture, you're stretching your dollar further and potentially getting better quality than you could have afforded if buying new.
- Character and Charm. There's something about second-hand furniture that new pieces can't quite replicate - a sense of character and charm. Each item that comes into our showroom has its own unique story and carries within it the essence of a different time and place. Whether it's an antique mahogany dresser from the '70s or a retro lamp from the '90s, these pieces add authenticity and individuality to your home that's tough to match with mass-produced modern furniture.
- Environmental Responsibility. When you purchase second-hand furniture, you help the environment through recycling. Buying used furniture reduces demand for new furniture production, which minimizes environmental damage caused by logging, manufacturing processes, and transportation. By giving a second life to used furniture items, you consciously choose to reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable world.
- Unparalleled Variety. If you have a particular taste, finding new furniture that fits your unique style can be a challenge. The second-hand market, however, is filled with a diverse array of furniture from different periods, styles, and places. This diversity allows you to find unique pieces that suit your individual aesthetic rather than being confined to the current trends of mass-market furniture stores.
Discovering Second-Hand Hidden Gems at Around the Block
One of the best parts about second-hand shopping is the thrill of the hunt. You never quite know what you're going to find. One day, it could be a vintage table that's the perfect fit for your living room; the next, an Art Deco mirror that brings your hallway to life. The joy of finding that hidden gem in the rough makes the experience of shopping second-hand that much more rewarding.
Buying second-hand furniture at Around the Block isn't a matter of compromise or settling for second best. It's actually the smart way to shop. So next time you're considering buying new furniture, think of a better alternative that's kinder to your wallet and the planet. Visit our showroom or online to find your next favourite second-hand piece for your home.