I recently found this entry table at a local thrift store for only $20. Before buying furniture at second hand stores I always give a good thorough inspection of:
- Is it sturdy? I give a good shake to see how stable the legs are. If it doesn't rock - that is a good sign. If it does rock - I inspect how the legs are attached. If they are screwed and just need to be tightened that is an easy fix. If they are glued or if there is a crack that is making it so they legs are not supporting the weight, I usually pass it up because those are harder to fix.
- I check for any major damage such as deep scratches, chunks of wood missing, cracks in the wood, etc.
- Check the quality. I usually can tell by the weight of the piece. If it is heavy, it is usually solid wood = good quality. I check inside of the drawers for any type of branding of the maker. I check the construction of the drawers (if there are any) to see if the drawers are dovetailed = good quality compared to stapled drawers.
- Lastly, after I check the sturdiness, damage, and the quality I check to make sure the price matches with what I think is a good price or steal for the item. If it does have some damage that you would have to repair and you are capable of repairing it you can usually knock off some money if you think it is overpriced.
Ok, now that we found our furniture - lets dive into how to turn it into a million bucks!