When shopping for furniture there are a variety of options in new and used. In our area of Florida many people buy second homes or vacation homes. Furnishing a second home can become expensive. An option is to buy used furniture. Some suggestions for used furniture are consignment shops, Habitat for Humanity store, Goodwill store, local newspaper, Craigslist and garage sales.
The Goodwill Stores in Charlotte County are located at 2325 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 10381 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, and 1501 Placida Rd, Englewood. The stores do have student and senior discount days as well as frequent shopper and donor reward cards. Check out information and deals on their web site at http://www.goodwillswfl.org/.
The Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity stores are located at 1354 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, 1750 Manzana Ave, Punta Gorda, and 3949 S. Access Rd., Englewood. They all carry living room furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture, patio furniture, office furniture, appliances and home décor items. Their web site is http://charlottecountyhfh.org/home.html.
There are some other consignment shops and stores such as Funkie Junkies, 204 E. McKenzie St, Punta Gorda, Deals and Steals, 3890 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, and Al’s Quality Furniture, 24100 Tiseo Blvd, Punta Gorda. They carry a variety of used furniture and other items.
The Cultural Center of Charlotte County at 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte has a store called Trash and Treasure. You can find anything from donated clothes to house wares and furniture and electronics. Furniture ranges from end tables to entertainment centers; upholstered furniture to patio furniture. Their store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information visit their web site at http://www.theculturalcenter.com/trash_treasure.html.
To check on Craigslist for furniture you can go to the Ft. Myers link and click on the Charlotte County tab and then click on furniture under for sale. New items are posted every day and most items have a photo. Be aware of scams and never send money through the mail. It is recommended to go see the item in person. Here is the link http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/chl/fua/.
If you want to search the local newspaper you can go to the Sun Newspapers web site at www.yoursun.net. Click on the area of interest such as Charlotte Sun. Then go to the local classifieds section. Here you can search for merchandise for sale by individuals and see the list of garage sales in the area. Items here do not have photos. Shopping at garage sales might yield the best bargains as sellers are more motivated.
The nice thing about buying used furniture is that you can sometimes ask for markdowns. You don’t always have to pay the marked price. Also if you buy a lot of items or a group of items you may get a discount. Always check the item for quality. If there is some damage, see if it can be fixed easily or the problem easily remedied. Before you go on your search, be sure to bring a list of your needs. This helps with selecting appropriate items and keeps you more focused.