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Malaysia is one of the most aggressive countries in the world when it comes to tackling climate change.
Again and again, Malaysia has appeared in headlines on nipping plastic and waste problems in the bud.
If we want to play a part in reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills every day, we can actually play our part in a small way by buying second hand furniture!
Also referred to as preloved items, there are a fair number of shops that refurbish and restore old furniture to their former glory, then offering them at bargain prices.
As long as you’re purchasing such items from reliable sources (always check for reviews or ask for recommendations!), there shouldn’t be much to worry about.
Does Anyone Buy Second Hand Furniture?
But, of course they do! With people becoming more eco-conscious these days and wanting to do their part for the environment, buying second hand furniture is now a popular option!
So, before moving into your new home, consider checking out these places for second hand furniture. You may be surprised at what treasures you’ll find!
1) Renewmart at Shah Alam
Founded in 2009, Renewmart aims to play a part in environmental conservation through the recycling of second hand furniture from various businesses.
Collectively, Renewmart’s key figures have over 70 years of experience in industries, such as hospitality and furniture restoration.
Located at the heart of Shah Alam is the company’s 60,000 square feet showroom filled with well-preserved, pre-loved antiques.
The store sells lamps, art pieces, electrical equipment, folding panels, antique cabinets, bed frames, and much more.
Address: Lot 3739-A, Jalan Kampung Baru Subang, Seksyen U6, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: 03-7859 9522
2) Cash Converters
One of the biggest second hand shops in Malaysia is none other than Cash Converters.
The store’s business model of buying at low costs and selling at medium price points later saw them expanding their business into areas such as Ampang Point, Klang, and Tampoi.
Apart from its seven stores in Malaysia, Cash Converters has more than 500 stores across 24 countries globally.
Today, the company even offers house-call services for those leaving the country, or for those who have numerous items to sell.
- Ampang Point: 96 & 97, Lorong Mamanda 2, Ampang Point, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Tel: 03-4252 5025
- Damansara Utama: Add: 93, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7710 0381
- Klang: 30-0 & 32-0, Ground Floor, Lor. Batu Nilam, 4B Bandar Bukit Tinggi, 41200 Klang,Selangor
Tel: 03-3323 9759
- Setapak: A-01-01, Starparc Point, Taman Danau Kota, Setapak, 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4131 6655
- Sunway: No. 23 Jln Jalan PJS 8/18, Sunway Mentari, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-5630 1008
- Sungai Besi: 70, 72 & 72A, Jalan Tasik Utama 5, Medan Niaga Tasik Damai, Sg. Besi 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9054 1320
- Tampoi: Lot B01 (B) Giant Hypermarket Tampoi, Lot 54 Jalan Skudai, 81200 Tampoi, Johor Bahru
Tel: 07-236 8189
3) One Stop Buy & Sell
Located in a two-storey shop lot premise, One Stop Buy & Sell has stocks of reusable items that might seem to have little use in a modern home.
However, looks can be deceiving. Spend some time digging a little deeper and you might find an affordable vintage coffee table ready for your boho-chic living room.
Here, you’ll be able to find teak display shelves, antique tv cabinets, and even a rattan dining set.
Address: 15 Jalan Bandar 16, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: 03-5882 7969
4) Kedai Kaki Lelong
The store’s name says what it does (what a cute play on words). Located along Lorong Scott in Brickfields, Kedai Kaki Lelong resells priceless antiques that don't cost an arm and leg, such as designer chandeliers, bed frames, show lights, amplifiers, and much more.
Thanks to its popularity, Kedai Kaki Lelong expanded to Section 19, Seremban and Ara Damansara and even Seremban not too long ago.
- Puchong: 1348, Jalan Kampung Lembah Kinrara, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: 019-232 1717
- Ara Damansara: No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/41B, 47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7887 1717
- Brickfields: No. 67, Lorong Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2273 1717
- Section 19: Lot 4, Jalan 19/1B, 46300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7931 2711
- Seremban: Jalan Rasah, Lot. 392, Taman Anggur Jaya, 70300 Seremban
Tel: 06-765 2717
5) Chai & Chai Trading
With more than 3 decades of experience, Chai & Chai Trading are experts when it comes to second hand furniture.
The company specialises in acquiring furniture from shuttered hotels, offices, and businesses, and many of their pieces are close to brand new.
Kuala Lumpur: No. K20-24, Jalan Ipoh, Batu 4 1/2, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6252 9811 / 03-6252 0811 / 03-6252 6811
Already thinking of getting some second hand pieces for yourself? First, read up on what you should be considering before you rush off to a second hand shop!
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Buying Second Hand Furniture?
There are of course so many different opinions on whether one should opt for second hand products or not. Before you make your decision, let’s look at the list of pros and cons:
Purchasing used furniture is a great way of preserving natural resources and avoid industrial waste. If you keen on going green, then reused and recycle is the way to go!
The furniture that you plan on buying might have some scratch or little damage on the side, or discoloration after years of being used by its first owner. If you don’t mind the eye-sore, or have some ways to repair the imperfection, then go ahead and proceed.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
Going through used furniture can be exciting and fun as you imagine how it will enlighten the mood and enhance the look in your home. You also might get lucky and land yourself on something rare and precious!
People usually give away furniture that they no longer want after having them for quite some time. So, expect your purchase to have some wear and tear, and might not last for years to come. But buying a second hand is still the right choice for those who are looking for temporary use.
Easy on the wallet!
Unless you’re planning on buying an antique, used furniture are a good option for those who have spending limit. Make sure you got the best deal by bargaining the price before purchasing!
Finding the best of the best furniture might consume more time than you expected! Unlike new branded furniture that usually comes with a catalogue, you might need to dig deeper and scour through hundreds of items before finding the right one with less/little damage.
Brings out your creative side!
You can get creative with used furniture and won’t feel as bad to dismantle them and restore back as new. Just Google some furniture hacks and you’re all set!
Big furniture might not fit in your car, so you need to fork out more money to hire a mover with bigger transportation (lorry/van/pickup truck) to carry the furniture over to your house. Often, the cost of moving will be borne by the buyer.
May have more value!
Antique furniture is known to have stood the test of time and the price can be a little on the higher end. However, its collectors know that second hand items have more values in the future than they were when newly produced!
It is no surprise that buying a second hand furniture or items come with limited or no warranty at all. If you’re willing to take full responsibility with no money back guarantee, then this should not be an issue.
Hopefully now you are better prepared to go buy that used sofa for your living room. One thing for sure, always choose products that fit your budget and needs. Now, let’s get your hunting cap on!
How To Buy Second Hand Furniture Online?
Don't want to make the trip to an actual shop, then figure out a way to get back with all the bulky pieces?
You could opt to hire professionals to help you move the stuff safely, or you could head to the internet to browse from the comforts of your home!
1) Online communities
There are many residential communities online sharing useful information with new residents. Such platforms usually posts pictures and information on furniture and household items for sale on social media.
If you’d rather not buy from a second hand furniture shop, purchasing used furniture from someone living near you could be a more feasible choice.
Not only will it be an opportunity to make a friend or two, you’ll get to save a little on moving costs too!
There have been a growing number of second hand furniture companies in Malaysia with a strong web presence.
A prime example of this is Abumama.my, from which you can buy anything from used office cabinets to display cabinets from.
Having been in the industry for the past 12 years, the company’s hopes to bring in more second hand furniture from countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.