New To You: Great Used Finds in the Atlanta Area

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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:

1. Sectional Sofa

Sectional Sofa - Used

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

2. Vintage Club Lounge Chair

Vintage Club Chair - Used

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.

3. Wood Coffee Table

Wood Coffee Table

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.

4. Contemporary Living Room Package

Contemporary Living Room Set

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

5. Ashley Queen Bedroom Set

Ashley Queen Bedroom Set - Used

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.

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.

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8 comments… add one

  • TheBrokeSocialite February 11, 2009, 2:59 pm

    What a great post! Love your block…am a lurker but HAD to say something.

  • TheBrokeSocialite February 11, 2009, 3:00 pm

    Meant *blog*…too much coffee today ;-)

  • MyBrownBaby February 12, 2009, 7:48 am

    Aw shucks–deals for Atlanta! You have SUCH a wonderful eye… you’re right: $17 and a little paint would turn that god-awful coffee table into a cutie window seat in a child’s room.

    Okay, is it weird that I get kinda grossed out by the idea of bringing someone else’s chairs/sofas/beds into my house? I keep imagining creepy crawlies on them… my own hang-up, seriously. I’m missing out.

    MyBrownBabys last blog post..Celebrating Black History Month All Day, Every Day

  • jennae February 12, 2009, 7:55 am

    @TheBrokeSocialite Thanks for de-lurking :)

    @MyBrownBaby It’s not weird at all. I would be most concerned about that if you’re buying a bed — as in mattress and all. With a couch, I don’t know that I’d be as concerned. Like I said, you’d definitely want to give used, upholstered furniture a good cleaning before using it. But I can definitely understand why you’d say that :)

  • Dreamer&Doer February 12, 2009, 9:01 am

    Orlando, FL please!!

  • Michelle February 12, 2009, 11:17 am

    You need to do Minnesota next, like the Rochester or Minneapolis area. I am from a smaller town in SE Mn, but these are the 2 largested areas near us. Rochester is about 1 hour away & the Twin Cities are 2 hours away. Thanks for your consideration!

  • Tim February 12, 2009, 3:11 pm

    Hi Jennae,
    Have to agree and disagree with you. You are absolutely right about the coffee table, for $17 it has a ton of potential. However, unlike you I love the knotty pine look.
    Tim

    Tims last blog post..Book Winners!!!

  • Lyndsey March 4, 2009, 4:43 pm

    I appreciate this post being a socially conscious Atlanta consumer myself! These suggestions are great to point me and others in the right direction. For anyone interested in sustainable products I recently found a company that has a really good cause. Imagine Home (in Atlanta) designs home accessories and employs those in impoverished regions to handcraft them. Proceeds from sales go back to the individual crafters for education, resources, and overall well being. http://www.imagine-home.com

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