If you’re trying to furnish your home for little-to-no money, you quickly learn (maybe while using a plastic storage bin as a coffee table) that it can be a hassle. But you don’t always have money to throw at the problem to quickly get decent furniture in your new place. So you play the back-and-forth email negotiation game with somebody on Gumtree, or pray you called dibs on a Freecycle offer before the rest of the neighbourhood chimes in.
Fast track your home furnishings search with this tip from bos-o on Reddit: Search for “moving sale” on Facebook Marketplace.
Unlike a regular, Marie Kondo-inspired garage sale or someone looking to unload just one item, moving sales are for the time-crunched.
You’ll find people looking to get rid of things really quick, and it usually comes down to your offer versus them just dropping it at Goodwill... I’ve been able to get great deals on a lot of stuff: secondhand IKEA, cookware, some nicer mid-century furniture, a Lasso Fan, Canon printer, shelves, etc
If you’re looking for larger items, like a bed frame or a dining room table that seats eight, you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure you have a large vehicle at the ready. Someone who’s preparing to move will want to unload their stuff ASAP, and probably won’t want to make a delivery to your home.
But the small cost of renting a truck or enlisting a friend who owns a large vehicle may be worth it for the savings offered by the moving sale. If, for instance, the seller has several IKEA furniture pieces in pristine condition, you can snag them for a discount — and they’ve already assembled the items. That’s a savings of both time and money.