If it weren’t for Marketplace I can fairly confidently say I’d have deleted my unused Facebook profile by now. At the start of the year the wonderful Rhiannon behind the account Rolling With Rhiannon advised me to use Marketplace to browse low cost second hand furniture to kit out my home. I cannot express how grateful I am for these words of wisdom. Whilst some people may default to Ikea to furnish or decorate a home on a budget, I now flock to Marketplace. I have a borderline addiction and check the site at least once a day. Earlier in the year when my need for furniture was a bit more desperate I was on there 3 times a day, morning, noon and evening. It paid off.
Not only have I made some very easy sales to get rid of clutter but I’ve picked up some real gems for my home which I adore. They’ll always mean so much more to me than if I’d gone out and bought cheap flat pack items. Come to think of it every item of furniture I’ve bought this year for my home, bar one, is from Marketplace.
Free Items I Got From Marketplace
I’m a huge fan of a bit of retro, mid century, teak furniture. The original G Plan, Parker Knoll Nathan and Schrieber furniture brings me so much more joy than the Ikea staples, although I’m aware they have their time and place. I saw an advert for a giant mid century wall unit for free around 20 minutes from me. I wasn’t in the market for something this giant but as it was listed for free I clicked on it. By reading the description I discovered the ‘seller’ was having a house clearance and more items were available which she then sent photos of throughout the day. Upon arriving at the property first thing the next morning I saw even more furniture in the same style and left with 3 items for zero cost. I was so pleased and grateful that I tried to pay her but she wouldn’t accept anything for the units which are in excellent condition. I was just told that her relative would have wanted them to do someone a good deed and give them a loving home which made getting them even more meaningful. Whilst there, as she was trying to avoid paying someone to take things away, I was offered to rootle through kitchenware etc for anything I’d like at no cost.
My free furniture acquisitions don’t stop there. I also scored a dining table which seats 6 to 8 people depending on whether it is extended or not. There are no signs of fading on it and minimal scratches that once table mats are on there no one would ever notice. It’s almost an extra bonus that these items I’ve got were free because I adore the style and would happily buy them over new furniture.
4 furniture items later and my lounge is significantly more habitable. I’m a huge plant lover and have had a spider plant on my list to add to the collection for some time. A 15 minute walk round the corner and I was able to pick up 6 plant cuttings and 1 parent plant at zero cost from a lovely lady who told me when leaving to message if I struggled at all to keep them healthy. I passed 2 plant cuttings onto friends and the rest add some cheerful bright green to my home.
Low Cost Items I Got From Marketplace
Before picking up the 3 free units from the house clearance I’d bought a corner unit in the same style for £20 on Marketplace. This will be going in my lounge along with the others, I’m planning to pop my TV on this.
I also got 4 beautiful mid century style dining chairs which have a lovely curved wooden shaped detail in the backs. I’d seen these online selling for anything from £125-200+ and I paid £40 for mine. The seats looked a little worn but they were sturdy and had no other major defects. A quick whip round with a staple gun and some new fabric and they were everything I wanted them to be. This means my dining set cost under £80, the table was free, the fabric I bought online at a reduced rate compared to an upholstery shop and the chairs were obviously just £10 each.
I was able to get a nest of 3 coffee tables which are in keeping with the style I love for my lounge for £20.
I picked up a giant human sized Pixar floor lamp which retailed new at over £80 for £20. I was even more thrilled with this when I happened upon a virtually identical shaped lamp in DFS for £224 and I prefer the colour of mine! It makes a real statement whilst being fun.
The Final Word
All told, so far, I’ve got:
- 3 side tables
- 1 dining table
- 4 chairs
- 1 corner unit
- 3 teak units
- 1 floor lamp
- 6 plants
For a total of £125 (not including the fabric cost for recovering the chairs) which wouldn’t even cover the DFS duplicate lamp!
It’s important for me to stress, my Marketplace habit isn’t just about saving money. Throughout all areas of my life I’m really trying to make better choices for the environment and buying second hand ticks this box. I haven’t made any compromises by purchasing these items at all. If I had to choose between the items I now proudly own or modern, white styles seen everywhere if they were both priced identically and I’d opt for the retro style every time. Marketplace has made my money go so much further, allowed me to meet some very thoughtful, kind individuals and helped me feel like I’m lessening my environmental impact. Win win.