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February 07, 2017

Buy That Sofa!

I love sharing tips on how to find the best stuff for the best prices. Shopping at Goodwill is the best way to save money and curate a custom look for your space.

I was in a local Goodwill a week ago and as usual I popped in to see what they had. Although I didn’t need anything, I did spot this amazing sofa for $60.


For some people buying furniture from a thrift store is a no-no. For me, it is a great way to save TONS of money, especially if you are looking for a sofa (which can cost thousands of dollars new).

Here are my tips for buying a sofa from Goodwill:

Be Flexible.

You may not find an exact Horchow or Anthropolgie sofa in your local thrift store. However, there may be other options that may work. This is a great time to get connected to Pinterest to see if your style can be amended to what is available.

Be Knowledgeable.

Every Goodwill is different. The inventory in each thrift store will vary based on the donations they get. Most donations will come from the immediate local community. So it pays to know a little bit about each area when looking for furniture.

Be Patient.

If you are looking for something in particular, be willing to wait a while. While it is possible your desired sofa may show up tomorrow, it may also show up two years down the road. When you don’t have a lot of patience, refer to my first tip.

Have Measurements Ready.

I keep a notebook in my car with measurements of each wall in my condo that I can possible put furniture on, so when I see a piece of furniture I like, I can immediately determine if it will fit.

Take measurements of the doorway as well. Finding a beautiful dresser and realizing it won’t fit through the bedroom door is the worst.

I don’t think I have to say it, but always check to make sure the sofa has been cleaned.

I have brought pieces covered in spider webs in the past, but I covered them until I reached my garage. Then, I cleaned the piece carefully by hand before bringing it into my home.

I used to always get questions about bed bugs. In years of thrifting, I’ve never had this issue. However, if this is something you’re worried about, stick to non-upholstered furniture.

What are your tried-and-true tips for buying furniture secondhand?