Just found out that we have a new furniture and accessory consignment shop in my hometown. I love finding great new sources for furnishings. I know that some people have an aversion to "used" furniture, but if you shop carefully, places like consignment shops, antique stores, and even the Good Will can provide some real special bargains.
What to know before you go:
1. Always ask what the return policy is. Many stores that sell used items don't take returns, but you'd be surprised that some actually will take back merchandise if you find it is damaged once you get home.
2. Take measurements before purchasing. Make sure that beautiful dining room table actually fits in your dining room.
3. Inspect everything throughly. Don't be afraid to open every drawer, tip over every chair and take off every sofa cushion. You don't want any surprises.
4. Keep an open mind. You might find a beautiful dresser that is just your style but the knobs are a little funky. Drawer knobs are easily replaceable... don't pass up a bargain for ugly hardware.
5. When purchasing a used chair or sofa (anything that's been upholstered), double check each pillow and take off fabric covers is possible. You want to check to make sure there are no holes, mold, bugs, etc. in any part of the piece. Anything can be reupholstered, but make sure the frame and base cushions are clean and in good condition.