Second-Hand Furniture | Budget Home Tour
Hello guys, my name is Tegan and today I
want to show you our secondhand furniture, which is basically all of our
furniture. There are several reasons why my husband like to further by secondhand
furniture rather than brand new. Number one you save money. Secondhand is always cheaper than brand new.
Number two, you can buy more unique pieces. Not necessarily one-of-a-kind
antiques but furniture that says something about you rather than when you shop.
Number three you can afford higher quality, solid rather than ply-board
pieces. This third point is what we really try to focus more on nowadays. So,
quality over quantity in all aspects of life I guess.
And number four, you reduce
landfill by buying less into consumer culture.
Our shoe cabinet is actually a
wine cabinet. I saw this idea on pinterest and I bloody loved it! I grew
up never wearing shoes inside the house so there must always be somewhere to
store shoes at the door. You can find wine cabinets much cheaper than this but
I took a long time to find something that would fit in this awkward space for
our front entrance and now that is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
It’s very solid and I think it’s probably the highest quality piece we own. We brought it home hanging out the boot of a car! I thought i was going
to lose it on the freeway but you gotta do what you gotta do!
This plant stand was
$12 at a trash and treasure market. I had literally been looking for one like it
for years but athefew I’d come across were always more than $100. When
I bought it and was carrying it around the market, one lady accosted me and
seemed to be very upset that I’d found at first. She was like, “where did you get
that?!” “what are you gonna do with it?!”
and I was like,
“I’m gonna put a plant in it?” I swear she nearly ripped it out of my
hands This entertainment unit was probably a
little more than i originally wanted to pay, but we really love the design. All we
had to do was drill a hole in the back for the DVD player and the appletv
chords. And it’s got plenty of room for all our
DVDs, our cds and a few other bits and pieces as well.
We have pretty much decided that we are never ever going to buy a new couch or lounge suite again, so
long as we have our cat Selene. The only piece of furniture we’ve bought
brand-new was a Fantastic Furniture couch, it wasn’t amazing quality but it
looked alright and it did the job. Then Selene arrived on the scene and she
thought it belonged to her. I tried everything to stop her scratching it;
wrapping it up in tin foil and sticky tape, buying her all the different kinds cat
scratchers but she basically destroyed it within 18 months. We purchased this
leather suite for a great price and around the same time I invested in the
cheapest cardboard cat scratchers from Kmart which Selene loves! We don’t expect it to stay in pristine condition forever because Selene does still like to sleep
on them but at only $250, we don’t really mind so much
This rug, while not secondhand,
was ex-floor stock which is another great thing to look for
instead of buying brand new. Before I met Adi, I planned to keep a Jungle Python as a pet. I arranged for my wildlife keeper license and I bought
this converted kitchen cabinet from eBay as a terrarium. Then almost immediately
after that I met Adi and he flipped out when he saw the, what i thought was an
obviously fake snake, so it’s been empty ever since. I don’t really want to get
rid of it. We use it for book storage and I keep my
records in here as well. We’ve thought about keeping frogs or stick-insects in
here but I’m not so keen. I’m not sure really how I feel about keeping a snake
in such a captive environment anymore either. This is the second dining table we’ve
bought a couple. When we first moved in together we used my old IKEA desk as a dining table for months.
Then we bought
a small round 4 seater on ebay and once we moved into this house we sold
that one to someone who was going to refurbish it, because we want to tell me
bigger for this space honestly I think we paid a little too
much for it, especially since it’s just from Fantastic Furniture but it has been
serving us very well. I searched for ebay for our master bed suite for
months and eventually won the bidding on this one for what I think was a great
price. It’s natural, solid oak and I love the paneling on the side of the drawers.
The model came with wooden handles for all the drawers but the previous owners
never installed them and we think it looks great without them too!
We were a bit disappointed with this purchase, it’s a fantastic furniture brand again
and while I knew this when we bought it the photos did not indicate the poor
condition of the wood and I couldn’t leave it there because I’d already
organized for my father to bring his ute up to the city to help us collect it. It has however been very useful when
family come to stay. And finally, not really a furniture item i guess but a
large household piece nonetheless Our aquarium which is way too expensive for us to buy brand new. This was another ‘hanging out the boot on the freeway’
scenario which in hindsight was not the smartest idea. But it survived and even
though we’ve only had varying success with the aqua garden and not very much
success with fish, I think it’s a great addition to our
home. Not just with the peaceful vibe it creates but the cupboards below act as
bonus extra storage too. Thanks for watching guys, let me know if you enjoyed
this video and whether or not you buy secondhand furniture and, if so, what is
your favorite piece?
See you next time Bye!