Inexpensive and Second-Hand Furniture
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Do you have great ideas on where to buy contemporary, not very
expensive furniture? I am not so comfortable buying off Craig's
List but would like to find used furniture shops in
Oakland-Berkeley-Alameda-Albany or new but reasonable furniture
shops in same areas (besides Ikea, I can find that one already).
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Tradeway Furniture on San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito
(www.tradewaystores.com) is going out of business and has sale
prices through the end of the year. They can be hit or miss, but
we've gotten some nice stuff there; you might check them out.
Depending on your definition of ''inexpensive,'' EQ3 at Bay Street
has some interesting contemporary stuff, and West Elm is coming in
there as well.
We came across this place (over the hump in Walnut Creek) as we
were trying to unload a dining table, and have vowed never to buy
new again. Don't be put off by the location (W.C.), the prices
are GREAT... ;-) Good Luck http://www.consignmentplus.com/
--hate to buy retail
crate and barrel has cheap designer quality furniture. jennifer
As long as it doesn't have to be new...your best bets are
Craigslist and Harvey Clar's Auctions. We have gotten (and seen
other people get) GREAT deals at Harvey's. They are in Oakland.
They have auctions one weekend a month. They sell everything from
full bedrooms sets; dining room sets, individual chairs, etc. The
Saturday auction usually has ''lower end'' things than Sunday and
they generally go cheaper...but I have many times seen full dining
sets (beautiful wooden vintage table, sideboard, 6-8 chairs) go for
$500-$1000 and full bedroom sets (wood bedframe, couple of
dressers, sidetables) go for similar amounts.
They are on Telegraph, near 51st. They have a website and you
can get on a mailing list to get their catalogs sent to you in the
Owner of lots of vintage
Thanks for recommendations. I like buying used also but didn't
have a ton of time to shop around and try to match things. We
ended up with a great bedroom set from National Furniture
Liquidators - I recommend checking this out - mostly new but also
they have used hotel furniture if you need a really huge armoire
or something! Thanks for the other ideas.
Any recommendations for a store or individual who buys retro furnishings? I have
several lamps, a coat tree, and numerous smaller items that are all beautiful and
unusual and aren't garage sale material. I'm hoping to find a very trustworthy
The store where I rent space has a wide selection of items. They
do consignment, too. It's called Park St. Antiques &
Collectibles in Alameda. You can ask for Mary, Judy or Jessie.
They are the owners. 510-523-0895
''Your online source for the Offbeat, the Obsolete, and the Odd!''
I used to shop at a consignment store in Emeryville called
Richochet before they moved to San Franciso. Here's their
website - http://www.ricochetconsignment.homestead.com/
Lots of great stuff at very reasonable prices and they're
I miss Ricochet in Emeryville
My husband and I just bought a house and we need to buy some
furniture. There is a business called pier44imports that is
posting their goods through Craigslist.org. The prices are
incredibly cheap. For example, for $899 one can get a queen
bed, dresser, two night stands, tax, and delivery. I was
wondering if anyone has bought any furniture through them and if
so, was it a positive or negative experience.
I think the best kept secret in the bay area about furniture is
the Macy's Furniture Outlet in Union City. You can get what
would normally be 2k couch for like 600 bucks and about every 8
weeks, they have a 30%off of that sale. It's unbelievable and
it's really great quality.
The store that I keep returning to is Consignments, Inc. in So. Berkeley, on
Adeline at the corner of MLK and Stanford (open 10 to 6 Tuesday through
Saturday. Lots of interesting things with good prices.
They have clothing and books, but mostly furniture and household items.
My recent purchases include: tin covered wooden trays from Mexico (in bad shape
but I cleaned them up), a tin mirror (ditto bad shape but looks great now), brass
lamps, a pounded aluminum lamp, a lamp base in the shape of a pineapple (brass,
way cool), copper kitchenware, chests of drawers for my sons' rooms, bookshelves,
a small gateleg table that just fits in my entry, old picnic baskets, wicker framed
mirror, wicker loveseat for the garden with hassock, I could go on and on
Best of all, the person who runs it, Bill, plays wonderful CDs and many of the
people who shop are regulars. Great atmosphere. Funky and fun.
We are trying to convert our formal dining room to a play area for my kids. So we would like to sell our formal dining table and six chairs, which are in excellent condition and were not cheap. Where is a good place to sell our dining room furniture? Thank you for your recommendation in advance.
There are a few furniture consignment stores around that I know
of. Here they are:
Ricochet Consignment, 4062 Watts St, Emeryville, 923-1422
Home Consignment Center, 1901 Camino Ramon, Danvile, 925-866-
Second Home,2524 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, (510) 523-6642
Try Ricochet Furniture Consignment in Emeryville - near the
Insider's Outlet/Home Depot.
In walnut Creek and Pleasanton there are ''consignments Plus''
stores which deal in furniture. In San Rafael and Danville
there are ''Home Consigments'' (?) which do the same. I've bought
at all, but never sold. There's a place near Home Depot in
Emeryville that says they are selling consignments, but the
prices and styles have not interested me the two times I
ventured. Let's see, it's on the same side street as ''Insiders
Outlet'' taht should help. good luck!
Have you tried Ricochet Consignment? They are at 4062 Watts St.
in Emeryville (510-923-1422), and have ''upscale resale''
furnishings. Look at their website at
Try Ricochet Consignment in Emeryville. They have great stuff
and it turns over quickly.
I've used Riccochet Consignment in Emeryville and they are
great. They have high quality stuff and attract the right
buyers. You get 50% of the sale price. If nothing else, it will
be a place to 'store' your furniture for a couple months until
you decide what to do.
FYI - The Home Consignment Center in Danville mentioned in the
other response also has stores in San Rafael (right off the
freeway where Whole Earth Access used to be) and on the
Penninsula, I think in San Mateo. I think there are one or two
more. Sorry I don't have the addresses or phone numbers off hand
and I have never consigned with them. Any of their stores can
give you the locations for the others and I'm sure they have a
website or at least have listed phone numbers with 411.
Try Reliance Antiques in Berkeley -- 6th and Gilman (I believe).
is beautiful and reasonably priced. Doug and Theresa Harbo own the
are nice to work with.
From: Rose (10/98)
If you are looking for a new couch I recommend that you stop by Tradeway
San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito. They are a block or two north of the Safeway
on Moser. They have GREAT deals on furniture. When were looking for a couch
we found a complete set (full size couch, and two armchairs with ottomans)
for around $900. They also have bedroom and dinning room furniture. Some of
their stuff is dicontinued, damaged or flawed stuff, but if you look
carefully you can find some great stuff. Their number is 529-2360. You may
want to call for their hours. I think they are closed Sundays. Also on San
Pablo is Kiefers. (Across from Nations at the intersection of Central and
San Pablo). They don't have as much merchandise, and we didn't find their
prices as good as Tradeway, but they were still cheaper than many furniture
From: Toby (10/98)
The book, Bargain Hunting in the Bay Area is a great resource for buying
almost anything. I bought our refrigerator at Wards in Richmond. They
have a section of "damaged" goods, which might mean a scratch or small
dent. We also go to the Tradeway Furniture store for couches/beds, etc.
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