This week, New to You is featuring great finds in the greater Atlanta area. Apparently, I have a lot of readers in Georgia as well, not to mention I used to live there. I was actually a little disappointed at the available selection of furniture. Not so much because there wasn’t a lot to choose from. There were new listings nearly every minute as I was searching. I was disappointed, however, by some of the outlandish prices sellers were asking for their used, and sometimes beat up, furniture. I did manage to find quite a few diamonds in the rough, so here are today’s used deals:
If you have a family and a moderately sized living room, there’s nothing quite as comfortable as a sectional. My husband and I used to fall asleep on ours many a night, and they’re great for curling up with the kids to read or watch movies. But they can be a bit pricey, particularly if you want an eco-friendly option. This used sofa is a cool blue/gray color with simple lines that can work with contemporary, traditional or transitional decor. It comes from a non-smoking home, which is important to know, and it appears to be in great condition. For just $400, I’d say you’re getting a great deal. Even if it has som stains, you could probably get away with a good steam cleaning.
- Price: Asking $400
- Location: Buford/Flowery Branch, GA
The photos of this chair are of terrible quality, but the style of the chair is awesome. This vintage, faux-leather club style chair screams of retro style. I love the chrome base and the chocolate color of the tufted upholstery. My guess would be that the leather stand-in is some type of vinyl — definitely not the eco-friendliest of materials. But the great thing about old furniture is that it has typically done all its offgassing, so there’s little worry about the pieces leaching toxins. I envision this chair in a cozy reading corner with a floor lamp nestled beside it.
- Price: Asking $75
- Location: Atlanta, GA
I’m not a fan of the knotty pine look of this wood. Not even a little bit. But I see tons of potential in this piece. I’ve always wanted to create a window seat/reading nook for my daughter in her room. If I bought this piece at an incredibly reasonable $17, I would paint it white and invest in a couple of baskets or boxes for storage in the three nooks under the table. I would then make a seat cushion for the top of the table. Not hard to do with a piece of foam (preferably made of recycled polyfill, bamboo, or some other sustainable material) and a couple yards of fabric. It would be perfect for the spot right under her window if the floor vent wasn’t there.
- Price: Asking $17
- Location: Lawrenceville, GA
If you’ve just moved into your first home or apartment, chances are that money is tight. My husband and I didn’t buy any real furniture until about 2 years into our marriage. I sure wish I had thought to scour Craigslist for deals like this one. This seller is looking to get rid of an entire contemporary living room set that includes a sofa (which honestly looks to be sized more like a love seat), two side chairs and a coffee table. Not a bad deal at all. These pieces would have easily been welcome in our first apartment.
- Price: Asking $550 for the set. Also willing to sell pieces separately.
- Location: Atlanta, GA
Furnishing a bedroom can get really expensive if you’re looking for more than just a bed and dresser. Don’t get me wrong — a bedroom can be complete with just these 2 pieces and some accessories to round out the decor. If you happen to want more, however, the price tag can quickly add up to the thousands of dollars, even without a mattress set. This bedroom set, which the seller says is from Ashley Furniture, is only 6 months old and appears to be in pristine condition. The set includes a queen bed with headboard and sideboards, a 6-drawer dresser with mirror, a nightstand and two matching lamps. Not a bad deal at all. Between this set and the living room set above it, you can easily furnish a 1-bedroom apartment for less than we paid for our first bedroom set brand new.
- Price: Asking $700 for the set.
- Location: Jefferson, GA
Next week, I’ll be giving my Canadian readers some love. New to You will feature furniture finds from Toronto! What city do you want to see? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
NOTE: Green Your Decor makes no claims about the condition of the furniture posted above, nor can we verify whether each individual piece is still available for sale. The nature of used pieces is that they are one-of-a-kind, so if you are interested, you will have to contact the seller directly via Craigslist.