How to Price Used Furniture

Wash, clean, and buff the furniture to make the most money.

A clean piece of furniture is infinitely easier to sell, and to price competitively. Get out any stains, polish up the edges, and consider cheaply staining or painting faded furniture.

  • If there are any small repairs you can make, put them in now. It will disproportionately lower the sale price if you expect the buyer to make fixes.
  • Test any old electronics to ensure that they still work.

Check prices of similar furniture online.

Head online and see some of the current styles. Check out new pieces to see how yours fits. For example, a big, plaid couch will sell for significantly less than a plain-colored one, at least until plaid comes back in style.

  • Furniture Valuation Guides, found easily online, will give you ranges of prices for most furniture.
  • Look for items as similar as possible to yours. If you know the maker, model, or materials used, look up furniture with similar qualities.
  • If you don’t know how much the piece originally sold for, this is the best place to start.

Sell most furniture at 70-80% it’s original sale price.

The easiest way to come up with a price is to slash 20% from the price you bought it for. This is considered industry standard, and is a reasonable guide for quality used furniture. Note, however, that this is just a baseline. You can tailor the price depending on a variety of other factors, as discussed below. Say, for example, you bought an dresser for $500 several years ago, and want to get rid of it:

  • The dresser is in good condition, and not very old. You decide that 80% is fair.
  • Multiply $500 by 80%, or .8. (500 x .8 = 400)
  • $400 is your baseline asking price for the dresser.

Compare the condition now to the condition when you bought it.

When do you subtract 30%, and when do you only subtract 20%? The biggest factor is the condition. If it is in almost the exact condition as when you bought it, then you can sell it for only 20% less than when you bought the furniture. But if it’s got some scuffs, dings, wobble, or other issues, you may want to lean towards 30% or more. In general, the longer you’ve owned it, the less you can sell it for.

  • If you bought a beautiful bookshelf for $1,000, and it is in prime condition, you can likely sell it for $800.
  • If the bookshelf is faded, older, missing shelves, or has marks and chips, you may want to price it closer to $6-700.

To be continue…

Best Second Hand Furniture Shop In KL

Moving into a new space? Or maybe just keen on scouting the town for cool vintage finds to add to your house? Brand new furniture can be quite expensive, but if you know where to look, you can find affordable and unique second hand furniture around the KL and Klang Valley.

Abumama.my is one of the best second hand furniture shop that buy and sell second hand home furniture, second hand office furniture, and even more unique products you would love to find out more.

Four branches around the KL and Klang Valley

Currently Abumama.my has four branches around the KL and Klang Valley, whereby located at Taman Connaught, Cheras, Kajang and Seremban.

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Abumama.my specialize in buy and sell second hand home furniture, such as used sofa, used bed frame, used dresser, used dining table, used wardrobe, used washing machine, used TV cabinet, etc. They also supply second hand office furniture, such as used used office table, used office chair, used partition, used pedestal, used whiteboard, used office cabinet, used sliding cabinet, used doors cabinet, used filing cabinet, used display cabinet, etc. which must be in working/good conditions purchase from public.

Best Second Hand Furniture Shop In Cheras

In Japanese culture, Kintsugi (also known as “Kintsukuroi”) is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. As a philosophy, it teaches us to embrace the beauty in imperfections. It does not disguise or hide an object or person’s breakage, scars, and repairs. Instead, they are treated as part of the object/person’s history and beauty.

This concept can be seen in the increased popularity of preloved and second-hand goods. A growing number of people are realising that an item doesn’t have to be new for it to possess quality.

In fact, some preloved items can be even better than a brand new one. Furthermore, by being only a fraction of the price, it makes it more accessible and affordable to customers.

For those of you living in the Klang Valley, here are the best places where you can buy preloved goodies at incredibly low prices.

Abumama.my

Buying preloved items are not only relevant to individuals but also for companies to save cost. Abumama.my buys and sells second-hand furniture, office supplies, and electrical appliances. With a large warehouse of 30,000 square feet, there are around 6,000 products to choose from.

They also offer services such as office set up consultation and project management. Among their clients are government ministries, corporations, universities, schools, hotels, and homes.

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Why Reuse?

Reuse is our future. Earth’s raw materials are going too fast. Reuse extends the life of things that have already been made – so it conserves natural resources and reduces waste and pollution. Reuse – including repair, rental, and repurposing – means good local jobs and keeps money in our local economies. And reuse saves money.

What is ReUSE?

Reuse is nothing new. Reuse is extending the life of a product that is already available — by

  1. using it more than once with little to no processing (same or new function),
  2. repairing it so it can be used longer,
  3. sharing/renting it,
  4. buying it secondhand or
  5. selling or donating it to another party.

Reuse is as little as sewing on a button or reusing a plastic bag as a trash bag. It’s as big as remodeling an old warehouse into an efficient new restaurant. Reuse is as creative as a commercial interior finished with bowling alley wood. It’s as mundane as taking your reusable travel mug to the coffee shop.

Reuse is what you’re already doing. But how can we do more?

Reuse is a big tent!

Some people only think of reuse as donating something that they would’ve otherwise thrown away. But reuse is much much more.

Who reuses? Do-it-yourselfers, collectors, money-savers, hipsters, simplifiers, bargain-hunters, decorators, farmers, everyone!

Can big business reuse? Absolutely.

Creative, progressive businesses looking to save money and participate in the circular economy are discovering the benefits of reuse. How? Repairing and reupholstering office furniture, using unique reclaimed architectural materials in their buildings, and using reusable foodware in their cafeterias, just for starters.

The world of reuse

  • Conventional reuse: using an item again, as-is, for its original function
  • Creative reuse (a.k.a. upcycling, repurposing): creative alteration to bring new function to an old item (e.g. furniture made of old sign posts, jewelry made of scrap materials)
  • Reclamation (a.k.a. salvage): minimally processing old items to turn them into furniture or home décor (e.g. turning an old log into a table)
  • Adaptive reuse: refurbishing an old building for a new purpose (e.g. a defunct hotel is turned into a housing complex or an empty big box store is turned into a community center)
  • Rental (a.k.a. sharing, collaborative consumption): sharing or renting items amongst a group of users, instead of individually purchasing those items (e.g. HourCar)
  • Repair (a.k.a. refurbishment, remanufacture): reconditioning an item so that it can be used for its original function (e.g. reupholstering furniture or repairing shoes)
  • Reusable: an item manufactured to be used over and over again. Reusable items can replace disposable (single-use) items (e.g. stainless steel canteens instead of single-use plastic water bottles)

What kind of organizations are in the reuse, rental, and repair sector?

• clothing consignment • preowned vehicles or furniture • shoe repair • thrift stores • antiques • industrial reuse • libraries • tailors/seamstresses • used sporting equipment •
reusable boxes, bags, or bottles • second-hand books • party rentals • furniture repair • electronics repair and refurbishment • tool rental • deconstruction and salvage
• the list goes on and on

How is reuse different from recycling?

Reuse is the second of the three R’s in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – so reuse is even better than recycling in helping reduce our ecological footprint.

Reuse is extending the useful life of whole items and keeps them out of the waste stream entirely. Making unique light fixtures from colorful bottles and jars is reuse.

Recycling is breaking down items into raw materials and re-processing and remanufacturing the materials into new items. Melting bottles and jars to use in making fiberglass is recycling.

Recycling is good: Recycling a single-use plastic water bottle instead of throwing it away reduces greenhouse gas impact by about 20%.

Reuse is way better: Using a reusable bottle and tap water reduces the impact by a whopping 90+%.

REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet.

This film isn’t about our waste problem. It’s about solutions. And they are everywhere!

We live in a challenging time. Climate change and mass consumption is threatening our planet’s existence. Excessive extraction of natural resources has created immeasurable waste and pollution. This issue is complicated and imminent. While recognition and awareness is important, direct action is by far the most effective. But traditional recycling is not enough. The reuse mission offers a more sustainable solution that everyone can be a part of. REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet follows Reuse Pro Alex Eaves’ cross-country adventure to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. On his journey, he finds endless reuse solutions for our waste problem that are not only sustainable, but many of which are easy and fun! And he learns just how reuse truly benefits “people, planet, and wallet.”

Part of the proceeds from your purchase of this movie go to support ReUSE Minnesota! So buy a copy and share it with your friends and family!

Credited to reusemn.org.

Back To Basic: What Is Recycling 3Rs?

What Is Recycling 3Rs?

Because of global warming, pollution, diminishing forests, and a limited supply of natural resources, people are becoming more aware of the importance of protecting the environment. 

The 3Rs in solid waste management generally refer to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Waste in the environment affects the air, water, land, animals, plants, and humans. When we use the environment as a waste dump, we take away land from wildlife, pollute the environment, and deplete natural resources. One way people are doing their part to protect the environment is adopting the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Waste Program. 

What Is Reduce?

Reduce mean finding way to decrease or lessen the amount of trash we throw away. You can help reduce the amount of waste in your home by taking simple steps such as do not buy more than necessarily or on impulse. Buy what is necessary and in sufficient quantity but not in excess for the family use. People reduce by purchasing items that are durable and last a long time. By purchasing long lasting products with very little packaging, you will decrease the amount of waste entering a landfill.

Other ways of reducing waste include: 

  • Buy products that do not require a lot of energy and resources to manufacture. Look for products that contain environmentally friendly packaging. 
  • Reduce car use by riding your bicycle, carpooling with friends, walking, or taking the bus. 
  • Composting is a great way to dispose of kitchen waste. It is healthy for the soil and less waste will go into the landfill. 
  • Turn off lights that you are not using and use energy efficient light bulbs. 
  • Turn off the taps when brushing your teeth. This also helps you save your money.

Avoid disposable or “use once only” items but use the more durable goods, ex. plates, glasses, cutlery, napkins, towels, handkerchiefs, and, cloth diapers, instead of the disposal types. Use rechargeable batteries. Reducing will help with conservation efforts and decrease landfill waste and energy use. Reducing results in less pollution and a cleaner environment. It also helps conserve natural resources. 

What Is Reuse?

Reuse is the action or practice of using something again, whether for its original purpose (conventional reuse) or to fulfill a different function (creative reuse or re-purposing). It should be distinguished from recycling, which is the breaking down of used items to make raw materials for the manufacture of new products. Reuse – by taking, but not reprocessing, previously used items – helps save time, money, energy and resources. In broader economic terms, it can make quality products available to people and organizations with limited means, while generating jobs and business activity that contribute to the economy.

Historically, financial motivation was one of the main drivers of reuse. In the developing world this driver can lead to very high levels of reuse, however rising wages and consequent consumer demand for the convenience of disposable products has made the reuse of low value items such as packaging uneconomic in richer countries, leading to the demise of many reuse programs. Current environmental awareness is gradually changing attitudes and regulations, such as the new packaging regulations, are gradually beginning to reverse the situation.

One example of conventional reuse is the doorstep delivery of milk in reuse-able bottles; other examples include the reconditioned furniture, the retreading of tires and the use of returnable/reusable plastic boxes, shipping containers, instead of single-use corrugated fiberboard boxes.

What Is Recycle?

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from land-filling).

Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” waste hierarchy. Thus, recycling aims at environmental sustainability by substituting raw material inputs into and redirecting waste outputs out of the economic system.[

There are some ISO standards related to recycling such as ISO 15270:2008 for plastics waste and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management control of recycling practice.

Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, tires, textiles, and electronics. The composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste—such as food or garden waste—is also considered recycling. Materials to be recycled are either brought to a collection center or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials destined for manufacturing.

Let’s support recycle to be your daily habit, even buy reconditioned item to save our earth.

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Donating Your Old Clothes To NGOs

Don’t we all have old clothes that we never wear? Clothes that don’t seem to fit us anymore?

If you’re anything like me you’d probably answer ‘yes’ to both questions. In fact, I’m quite sure that a good portion of your closets would be filled with clothes you either can’t or just don’t wear.

If these clothes are still in a good condition, you could consider donating them to those in need. As such there are plenty of NGOs and SEs that would gladly accept your used clothes and donate them to the ones that need it the most.

We came up with a very short list of NGOs and SEs that you could consider donating all of your old clothes to.

  1. Community Recycle for Charity (CRC)
  2. Salvation Army Malaysia
  3. Kedai Jalanan UM
  4. Jumble Station
  5. Bless Shop
  6. Mostwell Sdn Bhd
  7. Kechara Soup Kitchen
  8. Life Line Clothing Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Let’s us describe more about one of the top NGO, as below.

Community Recycle for Charity (CRC)

Community Recycle for Charity (CRC) aims to serve the underprivileged community through environmentally friendly methods.

As their name suggests, CRC accepts unwanted or unused recyclable items to help those in need. Items either go to charity homes or are sold at marked down prices.

In some cases, clothes are given out freely to those in dire need.

With the money collected from selling donated items, it goes back into funding charity homes and school projects.

CRC incorporates the 3R’s (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) into their actions to protect the environment and help the underprivileged. Not only can you donate clothes, but furniture is welcomed too.

Community Recycle for Charity (CRC)

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