Used Furniture Fun
Because of the blog, I occasionally get asked to be involved in some interesting things. Recently, the folks at UsedEverywhere.com asked me to collaborate with them. UsedEverywhere is a free online marketplace for the sale of used goods. I poked around their site and discovered that, like the halo in their logo hints at, this is a company with heart. Canadian-owned, UsedEverywhere gets involved with the local communities they serve across Canada, helping folks like families in need, new university students, and soon-to-be wed young couples find the things they need, often for free, through their sites. Its nice to be working with a company that makes a difference in people's lives!
- Minimal damage. Little nicks or scratches can be patched with wood filler and will virtually disappear when painted over but furniture with missing pieces or that are obviously broken may be costly and difficult to repair.
- No smell. Seriously, you need to take a good whiff of that furniture before you bring it into your home. Some musty smells will disappear but others won't.
- Construction. If I'm planning to reupholster a piece (like the chair above) or deconstruct it (like we did with Chloe's costume closet), I look at how its put together. Will the piece be able to be taken apart? Will it be easy to put back together?
- Functionality. Do the drawers open and slide easily? Is the chair supportive when I sit on it? I look at the piece from all angles, open all doors, and lift up the cushions. I want to make sure there are no hidden surprises.