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Old 10-02-2013, 09:38 PM
 
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My wife and I would like to buy some old, cheap wooden furniture to fix up and put in our new place. Are there any places in Austin or within a couple of hours drive that sells that sort of thing? Thinking of bedside tables, benches, etc. I assume there are plenty of places in Austin that do the whole "reclaimed furniture" thing, but I also assume they'd be super over-priced. We'd like to only spend a few dollars, plus we'd like to do some of the work ourselves. Any ideas? Willing to do some significant driving.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:26 PM
 
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There are several thrift stores on Burnet road between 45th and 183. Sometimes you can find some pretty cheap furniture. The cheapest furniture, IMHO, is at garage sales.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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I have a friend who has a "reclaimed" outlet in New Braunfels where she sells all sorts of things picked up at weekend garage sales. She claims she sells her purchases for ten times what she usually pays for them, after putting minimal effort into refurbishing them. She's constantly on the lookout for "treasures" in other people's trash - like unrecognized works of art (lost masterpieces, etc.).

I've found certain people become addicted to these weekend garage and yard sales, even though they may have little room to store the "junk" they buy once they have it.

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Old 10-04-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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No lack of Goodwill Stores here(well over a dozen) and Salvation Army outlets. SA will have daily specials at many locations, so it pays to study the system.

It really does cut out the middle man to shop garage sales. By the time a consignment store gets their markup, the price might be 2-3 times what a person to person sale might bring. You're paying a bit more for the convenience of having a greater selection in one place. You could hit no fewer than 10 thrift type stores along 183 alone!
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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I have also seen all wood pieces go for small prices on Craigslist.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There used to be a furniture auction place in Lockhart, TX that was a lot of fun. But I think it closed. My friends and I picked up some nice pieces there. Google furniture auction near austin tx
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Default bulk pickup days

Hi,

No stores are that affordable for that sort of thing. We have a few good consignment stores but the prices are not a few bucks. Your best bet is to come when there are bulk pick-up days and also look in Craigslist free section. Austinites have a bit of money so they give away pretty good stuff for free.

Many of the bulk pick up days are hard to find in the city sites I suspect because they want to discourage strangers from dumping things from other neighborhoods. Not that you would but please don't do that.

In 78745 we have bulk pickup October 7 so if you come the 5th or the 6th to that zip code and drive around you may find some good things. Competition can be hard though-several trucks coming by to get stuff.

ciao.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses guys, very helpful!

Up in Montana my mom has a few good, super-cheap consignment/pawn shops in her small town and the towns nearby--any gems in the hill country in small towns like Spicewood or Llano or the like?
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi,

No stores are that affordable for that sort of thing.
I recall when I worked at a hardware & furniture store years ago, that the store made no profit if they could not sell an item for more then 3X what it cost them.

So if you want cheap you really need to be out beating the bushes to find a used item for sale directly from the seller, estate sales or something tossed off on the rubbish heap or on large items trash pick up days.
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