Second Hand News: Furniture Edition


A monthly blog feature on the used, vintage, and refurbished.

Anna White-Nockleby

It can be hard to furnish a home on a budget. If you’re like me, and have moved almost every year for the past decade, the annual Ikea trips (and of course, the subsequent headache of assembly) can start to feel like a version of Groundhog Day. Then, there’s that eerie feeling of going to a friends house for dinner and seeing the same bookshelf, dresser, or chair cushions. Sometimes I find myself thinking about that old cliché, they just don’t make them like they used to. So this post is about, well, just buying the stuff they used to make … and taking advantage of the bonus that it’s already been assembled!

Here’s a list of nearby vintage, used and refurbished furniture stores where you can treasure hunt for great items:

Sunshine Lucy’s 93 Holland Street, Somerville

A charming hole-in-the-wall in Davis Square with funky vintage furniture. Newly upholstered chairs and sofas, brightly colored tables, and surprising pieces. Fun to pop in and look around, even if you’re not planning to buy anything.

Goodwill 230 Elm Street, Somerville

The basement of this Davis Square location is packed full with an eclectic mix of furniture, china, appliances, and the most random pieces of home décor you will probably ever see. Have a good laugh and come out with incredible bargains.

MIT furniture exchange 350 Brookline Street, Cambridge

This warehouse takes advantage of the transient population of students in Cambridge, selling furniture, home appliances, and much more for great prices. Make sure you don’t get attached, though, before checking to see if the piece you love has already been sold!

Abodeon 1731 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This is not a cheap store, but since it is so classy, well … it’s worth a mention. Featuring new and used furniture and other housewares in “20th and 21st century designs,” this store almost feels like a furniture museum. A great place to get ideas for what to look for later at Goodwill!

Cambridge Antique Market 201 Monsignor O’Brien Hwy, Cambridge

A straight-up heaven for antique lovers. Five floors of deals on furniture, china, silverware, cool lamps, you name it.

SoWa vintage market 460 C Harrison Ave, Boston

This flea market has a number of different vendors selling antiques, home décor, and every kind of kitsch. A great excuse to go to South Boston. Make a day of it!

Harvard Grad Market Online

With so many students coming and going, why even leave Harvard in the search for good deals? That’s the idea behind the Harvard Grad Market Facebook group, where members of the community post sales of everything from furniture to televisions to bicycles. Definitely less sketchy than Craigslist and you might even meet some cool people while you’re at it.

I’d love to hear your comments! Where have you gone to furnish your apartment? What have your experiences been?


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