I’m asked so often where to buy second-hand furniture from buyers in Dubai online that it’s time I explained myself in this blog post. There seems to be a stigma attached to buying used furniture online – or buying anything else used for that matter. In our throwaway society, we already see a shift. People are beginning to turn away from fast fashion and single-use plastics and are opting for a more conscious approach to life in general.
I’ve often raved about the gems I’ve found on my Instagram feed and this blog post has been on my to-write list for a while! Having just spent all our money on a new house (actually a very old house with an interesting history), we had nothing left to fill some of the empty spaces. I had no choice but to look online for second-hand furniture, and I’m glad I did. Mixing old pieces with new ones gives a much more interesting depth to a space. I also love the slightly eclectic look. Before I introduce you to my favorite places to buy second-hand furniture buyers in Dubai online, I wanted to convince you (if you’re not there yet…) why you should give it a go.
YOU’LL BE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU’LL SAVE.
If you like nice things, this is how you can bring home the champagne on a lemonade budget. And these sites don’t always just sell second-hand items. Last week I bought a brand new single mattress, still in its original packaging, for AED 520. When I looked online, the same mattress was selling for AED850. You can find just about anything online nowadays, you just need to know where to look and keep an eye out. Even if you don’t have the time or are put off by refurbishing furniture, there are plenty of items that are fine as they are. I say “renovate” because I hate the “shabby-chic” label that people give to any painted furniture. I like mine less shabby and chicer, please!
NEW DOES NOT MEAN BETTER QUALITY
In fact, some of the most coveted furniture is second, third, or fourth hand. The quality of craftsmanship and design has been lost with many brands mass-producing identical furniture. This is not the case with all shops and I am certainly not disparaging all contemporary furniture designers. But for those of us who don’t want the same rug, chair, or lamp as every other home in the country, secondhand is the place to go. When buying second-hand furniture, try before you buy. Open drawers and doors and check that everything is as advertised. Some solid wood furniture wears better than others – softwoods like pine don’t last as long.
YOU ARE HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT
Buying second-hand is a great way to reduce your personal environmental impact. Many people who sell items online are downsizing their homes or simply don’t need the item anymore. Every second-hand item you buy is one less item sent to a landfill. It’s a win-win situation.
WHERE TO BUY SECOND-HAND FURNITURE BUYERS IN DUBAI ONLINE
This is the first place I go for anything second-hand, vintage, or antique. There are usually more people selling their own items than selling for a company. Prices are generally lower than on other websites and eBay advertises that its sellers earn 2.7 times more than sellers on the Facebook marketplace. On Facebook, the focus is on local listings. The idea is to allow you to buy items from people in your area and pick them up rather than using couriers or post. You can change your search settings to show items within a certain radius if you don’t want to travel too far. It also gives you suggestions based on your recent searches, which is handy if you can’t find what you’re looking for at first glance.
eBay is also excellent, but you have to dig to find the right items. It is inundated with companies selling junk, so I always change the settings to show only “private sellers” (this trick is a game changer!). You can then filter to show the closest items first if you want to save on postage. Be specific about what you’re looking for: “Philippe Starck Kartell master chair” or “solid wood console table” work better than “dining chair” or “wooden table”.
ONLINE FURNITURE AUCTIONS
There are some auction houses that get their goods mainly from house and business releases, liquidations, and returns. Bidspotter is my favorite auction house for high-end furniture and interior accessories, and this is where I’ll go for my new dining chairs. You’ll have to pay a high street price for high-end designer pieces.
I’ve used Etsy a few times in the past as I love the eclectic items you can find. You can filter out vintage or handmade, but everything is at a higher level than on some other online marketplaces where you have to dig through the good stuff. Even the recycled furniture is well made!
CHARITY ONLINE SHOPS
I love poking around at charity shops specializing in furniture, but the beauty of online shopping is that you can do it without getting off the sofa! Plus, you get the added satisfaction of giving something to a good cause. Here are some charity online shops that sell furniture and home goods: