Groovy Green’s Michael d’Estries’ recent article about UsedFurnitureFindex.com caught my eye. (Visit Groovy Green. It is a fun green website.) Interior Designer Denise Cooperman started this website as a resource for people to sell their loved possessions. She found that her clients did not know how to dispose of their old furniture. Many did not want to sell their furniture through newspapers or consign their pieces.
It is not a surprise that Denise started this website. As a confessed acquirer of used furniture, Denise was practicing the 3 Rs in fixing up old pieces for herself. She never realized that she was eco-chic way before the term was coined. She has successfully combined her love of used furniture with the need to create a solution to help her clients dispose of their furniture.
So, what is the difference between her site and Craig’s List? When I posed this question to Denise, she replied that her search engine is one of a kind which enables you to search by many different avenues such as type, location based upon how many miles from your zip code, dimensions, and style. You can even search by whether you want to buy only new furniture or slightly used. This search engine will make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. Only an interior decorator could think of such an efficient way to search for furniture.
In addition, UsedFurnitureFindex features surplus new furniture. Just check to make sure how long it has been warehoused so that most of its toxins have off gassed. Majority of the off gassing takes place in the first year. However, it could take longer for all of the chemicals in the furniture to offgas. Each piece is different.
I went on the website to check it out and found it very easy to navigate. As you look and click on furniture, the website keeps a record of your finds. When I was searching for an armoire I noticed that everyone I saw was from Philadelphia or the surrounding area. I asked Denise if she has customers from only the
At this time there is a fee of $5 to post on the site and the furniture can stay on the site until it is sold. In the future the time period for a listing will only be 60 day. I have been trying to sell a few pieces on Craig’s list, but have not been able to sell them. I am going to post on UsedFurnitureFindex and see what happens. This site gets the recycling thumbs up from Green Talk.