Everything you need to know before buying second-hand

Planning and furnishing your home does not necessarily mean ruining yourself. Buying second-hand is becoming more and more trendy, it is cheaper and better for the environment. Here are our tips on how to become a second-hand buyer.

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When you want to buy second-hand furniture or household appliances, prefer a hand-delivery if possible. Arrange an appointment with the seller in an easily accessible place or directly at his home if it is for the purchase of a bulky product. This allows you to check that the condition of the product corresponds to the one indicated in the advertisement, and thus avoid unpleasant surprises. You also save on shipping costs, which can be quite high on some flea markets.

You can get many second-hand things: furniture, decoration, electronic devices….. However, we do not recommend that you buy certain objects or furniture such as a mattress that has already lived. Even if it looks clean, it can be infested with bed bugs or dust mites. The same applies to box springs, bed linen and household linen.

You want to buy second-hand for your house, but you don’t know where to look? Here are our favorite places to find the rare pearl:

  • Neighbourhood garage sales and sales, which often take place in May, June, September and October. Ask your town hall for the next dates.
  • Physical flea markets or online flea markets, often specialising in vintage furniture
  • Emmaus, the right plan to buy without ruining yourself
  • Leboncoin, EBay: you will find a little bit of everything, don’t hesitate to go there regularly, the products are constantly being renewed
  • The bulky ones: remember to look at what day they pass in your city, you might find some nice things!

To save you time in your research, here are some serious online flea markets sites. Our favorite, with a wide range of furniture, dishes and decorative objects is Selency. It is a very reliable site with private and professional sellers. You can also find your happiness on:

  • Luckyfind, the geolocated vintage flea market
  • Rêve de brocante, a site specialized in antique objects
  • Emmaüs label, the cheapest online flea market
  • Vide Déco and its shopping assistant

By buying second-hand, you can have good surprises and find the designer furniture you have been looking for for so long, at an affordable price. To do this, you will need to be patient and regularly scour the various online flea markets. Remember to put alerts on the product when the site offers this option. You will always find the pretty Philippe Starck table, the Marcel Breuer chair, or the Vertigo suspension designed by Constance Guisset that you were looking for.

Have you found the second-hand fridge you need? Don’t throw yourself at each other. It is important to check the new price of the product, but also to compare its price on other second-hand sites. Not everything that is for sale second-hand is necessarily cheap. Take some time to do some research, you might find the product cheaper on another site. Compare the condition of the property, its price and make your choice.

If you want to acquire a valuable coin, a state-of-the-art electronic device, be wary and be very careful! Many counterfeits are circulating on the Internet. It is essential to be careful with scams when you see that the price is very low, especially for valuables. It can be a hidden defect or a copy. Run away from the ad if you see the mention “cheap”. Be more attentive, ask more questions, ask the seller why the price is so low, but also the invoice and proof of authenticity for luxury products.

When you buy second-hand, often the person opposite wants to get rid of his object. It is then sometimes possible to slightly lower the price. Consider negotiating. Many sellers agree to sell at a lower price on sidewalks or on sites like Leboncoin. Start by asking for a lower price than you are willing to pay. Depending on the condition of the furniture, it will be more or less easy to negotiate.

Don’t forget that you buy second-hand, the furniture and household appliances you are likely to buy have most of the time already been used. The product may be in very good condition, like new, but it may also have lived and been very damaged. Take a close look at the product to make sure it is not broken or too damaged. The ideal is to be able to see the object before buying and to test for example for a piece of furniture that the doors close well or that there are no missing parts.

If you are looking to purchase a connected lamp or a Nespresso machine for your home, be careful! Always ask to see and test the device before purchase to check its working order, at the risk of detecting defects later. We advise you not to buy remotely, there is nothing worse than receiving a product that does not work. If you don’t have a choice, find out when you bought it and if it has been used a lot.

For period furniture, collector’s pieces or designer objects and furniture, find out about the authenticity of the product so you don’t buy a copy or a worthless piece. Before buying, look carefully at the characteristics of the collector’s product you want to buy and compare it with the product on sale.

Whether you are buying physically at a discount store or online, ask the seller questions. This allows you to gather as much information as possible before you proceed with the purchase. Ask him for a detailed description, dimensions, accessories sold with it, but also the date of purchase, if the item has been used a lot, if there are defects, if parts are missing…