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Flipping furniture has been part of my life for the past 3 years, and I’ve loved it. Half the fun of flipping is trying to find awesome pieces to buy and flip, it’s actually one of my favorite parts!
Flipping furniture is not only an awesome way that I make money as a stay at home mom, but it’s also a way to help my brain unleash some creativity.
Being a stay at home mom can sometimes make you feel like your brain cells are leaking out of your ears, this is my way to keep some of those in there! 😉
I want to share with you the best places to buy inexpensive, good quality furniture that you can re-finish and sell for a profit, so let’s get to it!
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1. Facebook Online Buying & Selling Groups
This is my number one favorite place to find furniture. It’s easy to browse, you don’t have to go anywhere unless you’re going to pick up the furniture, and there is always a variety to choose from!
I join EVERY local garage sale/buying & selling group. I’m on over 50 groups! This has also allowed me to find people who sell used furniture as a side business and sometimes I get first dibs on cool pieces they acquire.
2. Goodwill & Salvation Army
Lately, Goodwill seems to have caught on to Furniture Flippers and finding inexpensive furniture to buy there has become challenging. It does depend on the store though, so make sure you are checking all your local Goodwill stores, not just one!
Salvation Army stores are still relatively inexpensive so if you have one locally, it’s a great idea to stop in every now and then and check out their inventory.
Craigslist has TONS of furniture listings, some are great, some are crap…checking daily is good if you want to land the best pieces.
I’d also keep an eye on the “free” section on Craigslist because although it’s usually just garbage, every now and then someone posts a buffet or dresser or dining room set just because they want it gone!
4. Local Thrift,Consignment, & Antique Shops
Second hand shops are everywhere. Some are expensive, some are shockingly cheap! I consider these shops a treasure hunt, and you can usually narrow down the best ones pretty quickly.
These are great places to find old and unique pieces, they are a lot of fun to walk through because there is a ton to see. I absolutely LOVE Antique shops even though I hardly ever find anything I can buy cheap enough to flip!
5. Garage/Yard Sales & Estate Sales
In Ohio these are everywhere from late spring to early fall, they are AWESOME!! I generally check local Facebook garage sale groups for postings about garage sales going on and I grab the addresses of the ones I want to check out. Neighborhood garage sales are my favorite!
These days you need to get there as soon as the sale starts in the morning to get the really good stuff, so it’s good to be on top of upcoming sales so you can get there first!
There’s nothing more disappointing than driving somewhere dreaming about the piece you saw and it’s already sold when you get there!
This past spring we put up a huge poll barn. It’s the best thing ever, we really love it! Now that it’s there I don’t have to store furniture in our mudroom…which means, I can buy all the furniture my heart desires! (My husband may have something to say about this…)
We’ve always talked about going to auctions to buy furniture but we never did because I was worried I’d want everything and not have room for it! I’m excited for this spring and summer because I definitely plan on hitting up some auctions and buying all kinds of treasures!
Auctions that are going on can be found just by googling them for your local area. I’ve seen so many pictures from fellow flippers of their loaded down vehicles full of furniture they bought at auction, that’s gonna be me sometime soon!!
If you are considering giving flipping a shot, let me encourage you to go for it! You can make GREAT money, produce something beautiful with your own hands, and do something you really love!
I have so many posts on here that can help you get started, like this one Top Tips for Selling Flipped Furniture From Home plus I always recommend the course I took that played a HUGE part in the success I’ve had selling my re-finished pieces, you can check it out here -> Flipping Furniture for Profit – 12 Step Course
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