July 15

Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains

Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains

Many of us by now have used Kijiji for something or other; But, do we use it to the best of its ability?

I recently had to furnish my new home after moving from a small one bedroom basement to a three bedroom house. Under the impression it was too much time and hassle, I had always overlooked Kijiji, taking the easy option of going to Ikea instead. This time, I thought I would experiment to see how much I could actually save.

Be patient

When buying furniture off of Kijiji, you need to see it as looking in a store like Winners, but online. You need a while to search to find that bargain; it’s very rare you would instantly find what you’re looking for at a bargain price. It can also lead you to over pay if you rush into it. For example, I saw two dining room sets exactly the same from Ikea, both in similar condition. On the first page a seller was offering the set for $100. When clicking onto the second page someone was giving it away for free as they were desperate to get rid of it.

Transportation

This is often overlooked when we get too excited seeing a bargain. There really isn’t much point in even considering something if it won’t fit in your car/SUV/truck or whatever your means of collecting may be. Saw a wardrobe you loved for $20, but only have a compact car? The first place to start is by seeing if any friends or family are prepared to help! Need a few items? Hire a truck for the day. U-Haul offer truck/van rentals for as low as $20 a day! It might seem like too much hassle for one piece of furniture, but if you’re saving $100+, you would still make some nice savings even after hire costs. Don’t want the hassle of hiring a truck/van or can’t persuade a family/friend to lend a hand? This unfortunately limits what you can buy. However, there are still plenty of smaller items which you can pick up for a bargain price!

Haggle

Often the circumstances will dictate the price, and if they don’t, then you can use them as a haggling mechanism. Don’t be afraid to email someone who is offering a bed frame for $150 but the article says, “Needs sold by tomorrow” or, “Must be gone ASAP.” I emailed a lady who was asking $200 for a dresser and offered her $25 to take it off her hands; she came back with a counter offer of $40! Unfortunately after measuring up I was unable to fit it in my car.

Location, Location, Location

The big question here is: will the cost of gas and your time outweigh the savings of using Kijiji? For instance, if you’re only saving $10, it might not be worth traveling to the opposite side of the city or further afield if you could get a similar item closer. However, on the flip side, I know people that will travel up to 200kms or more if the savings are worth it. This comes into play a lot when people are offering things for free. Remember though, you’re taking a risk that the goods will be as seen in the pictures when traveling further afield. It can be somewhat of a gamble if you travel this far and then you find the sofa you thought was perfect has a major rip in the side! On the flip side, if you’re careful to get clear pictures and reassurance from the seller before making the journey, you can save even more money going further afield!

Items Purchased

I purchased two items after checking that they would both fit in my car (just!). The first was a dresser. I had been looking at these in Ikea. The cheapest one which didn’t just look like a boring set of drawers was $299. Before walking into Ikea I thought you could pick these things up for $100 or cheaper! After spending a few hours searching through Kijiji, I found someone who was leaving the country. These sales are always great as they are normally desperate to get rid of everything quickly! The dresser was brown (we were looking for white but I knew this wouldn’t be a problem). They were offering it for $40, I offered $10 and her counter offer was $20. We finished the dresser with a quick lick of white paint from Home Depot at a cost of $15 including brushes, sand paper and paint. The dresser had set me back at $35 (a total savings of $264). Shabby chique is in at the moment too, these pieces in vintage furniture shops can run up to $1,000+. You can see the finished product in the image below.

Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains

The final purchase was a dining table. You can pick these up at Ikea for around $150. It was offered for $40 by a seller on Kijiji.ca. I offered $10 and they accepted on the basis I could come and pick it up within a day. It was a large wooden dining table with enough room to fit at least six chairs. I would anticipate the savings on this to be at least $140. However, if you compare it to The Brick, Ashley’s Furniture store etc, the savings were probably at least $200+.

With just two items I managed to save over $400. It takes some learning and a bit of patience, but you can literally save a fortune on furniture over time using Kijiji.ca.

(banner image credit: marc falardeau)

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5 Comments to “Kijiji.ca: Finding Your Furniture Bargains”

  1. Huge believer in Kijiji!!! I am typing from my computer which is sitting on our glass dinning room table with two extendable leaves I got for $280 off of Kijiji. You couldn’t buy a table like this for under $3000. My bedroom set includes a tall dresser, a long dresser (with detachable 3 part mirror) and a standing mirror on it’s base, and nightstand, and it also came with a headboard (I resold that as it was for a double and we have a queen). I paid $300 for the set and my bedroom set is solid wood with fancy hinges and carved feet and the wood is interlocked at the joints. I would pay at least $2000 for a set like that in stores. Made in Canada too! We also have three 6′ tall solid dark wood bookshelves that are a matching set with cabinets on the bottom. I paid $300 plus $50 for them to deliver (sometimes you can negotiate for delivery). You can barely get bookshelves this size made out of that horrible board for $100 a peice and we got shelves that will last forever. BIG believer in Kijiji. However, since moving to BC I found out Craigslist (which i don’t like so much) is more popular here.

  2. Anna Waters says:

    I recently got a single bed for my little girl for only $50… I just bought a brand new mattress for it (prefer new mattresses) :)

  3. Sarah says:

    Wow, author, you are exactly the kind of buyer on Kijiji that makes it a misery to sell things there.

  4. […] to look for used furniture are Craigslist.ca and Kijiji (as we’ve talked about in length before). Freecycle is another option for used furniture. When shopping and answering or replying to ads, […]

    • Aggie says:

      I went into the furniture to sell section, only very few things, no living rooms, no marble tables, no coffee tables no love seats, no sofas
      Please let me know how to get more than that very limited things to sell.

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