Where to Buy Affordable and Stylish Used Furniture for Your NYC Apartment

Moving to New York is even more expensive these days because of rents breaking new records, and if you’re living alone for the first time or moving to a bigger apartment, you’ll find that buying new furniture might be beyond your budget.

You can shop at affordable stores Wayfair or IKEA, and sure, the Swedish furniture giant is great at a lot of things, but having the same HEMNES bed frame as everyone else isn’t very original. And it’s not always the most durable option if you want parts that last and won’t end up in a landfill in a few years.

The good news is that you live in New York City, where there are plenty of thrift stores selling quality used furniture and high-end furniture galleries selling discount floor models.

If you prefer to shop online, there are also many local sellers offering gently used goods, elegant furniture on sites like AptDeco and the Facebook Marketplace. (Buying second-hand means you can bypass supply chain issues, which can lead to long waits for new furniture delivery times.) You can also browse websites for custom-made furniture like Craigslist. (Who knew?)


[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article was published in March 2021. We are presenting it again with updated information for July 2022.]


Keep reading for The Brick’s suggestions on the best places to buy quality used furniture.

If you are looking for second-hand designer furniture, AptDeco is a good place to start. You can find used furniture, floor designs at stores like CB2 and West Elm, as well as decor, rugs, and lighting. You can filter your search by brand, category, color, condition and price. The site coordinates delivery to your doorstep or you can save a little more money and pick it up yourself from the seller. There’s also a style quiz if you need help choosing your furniture and they have a seller’s guide if you need help unloading your own pieces.

Yes, Craigslist is still a thing and it’s for more than missed connections and rentals from mom-and-pop owners. In their furniture section, you can find used furniture, much like a virtual garage sale. There are also people selling their own designs, such as bespoke desks, which are made to order and may cost less than a retailer’s bespoke furniture. There are also independent retailers that sell their inventory on the site. You can filter your search by condition, price and location. But since it’s Craiglist, you need to work out the payment and delivery/pickup schedule with the seller.

If you have Facebook, the Marketplace is where locals sell everything second-hand, including furniture. You can search by item and use filters such as location, item condition, price, brand, and material. If you are lucky, you may come across free coins. Some sellers will accept your best offer, so there is room to haggle. It’s up to the seller to decide if they want to offer pickup or delivery.

Kaiyo sells quality used furniture from places like Crate & Barrel, as well as antiques and vintage pieces. They handle pickup, storage, inspection so you know what you’re getting, and they offer same week delivery ($19-$39) plus installation service. You can search by brand, item and category and filter items by condition, size and brand. Another advantage: they are committed to sustainability and plant a tree for each completed order. They also have a store in Flatiron.

OfferUp is a place to buy and sell all kinds of new and used things, including furniture and household items. There’s a site and app that connects you to vendors in your neighborhood. You can sort items by new, open box, used, and refurbished. You can also chat with the seller to negotiate the price and schedule a pickup or delivery time. Users also have a profile with notes and verified information like their email so you know who you are dealing with.

Thrift stores and flea markets

Thrift is its own art form, but if you know where to go and what to look for, you can probably furnish your entire living space. New York City has many thrift and vintage stores and places like Housing works, which has multiple locations, is a non-profit organization that addresses homelessness. Other popular thrift stores where you can buy furniture include Vintage Thrift Shop. (Pro tip: If you shop at thrift stores in more upscale neighborhoods, you can find a larger selection of high-end pieces.) There are also seasonal flea markets throughout the city, such as Brooklyn Flea Market and Chelsea chip where you can find antiques, art, decor and furniture.

Designer Sample Sales, Floor Models and Factory Outlets

Many high-end furniture stores and designers hold sample sales throughout the year. Usually these are products which they have too much. Some showrooms will also sell their floor models at a reduced price. And to city ​​of industry in Brooklyn, there are furniture stores like ABC Carpet & Home and Design Within Reach. (Of course, these places aren’t cheap, but you get a discount on retail prices.)

Discount Furniture Stores

If you live in the outlying boroughs, you’re probably familiar with the big discount furniture stores. Some strings like Bob’s Discount Furniture also have payment plans. There are also independent stores that sell new furniture at a discount, and sometimes you even find big name brands. And for small rooms and home decor, check out household items, by Marshall, Global market, and At home, all of which have locations across NYC.

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