Don’t let the poor economy keep you from decorating your home. With everything from hip to humble and sophisticated to sexy, Philadelphia”s used furniture stores offer it all. Everyone can find their personal style from any of our top five picks.
508 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Retrospect has basically everything when it comes to used or vintage, including stylish used furniture and home decor. The hipster goods are set at the perfect price point and are all in good condition. There’s no digging through old and dusty boxes trying to score the find of a lifetime. Retrospect is located on Philadelphia’s most famous street, South Street. You can also find the perfect secondhand outfit to wear while lounging on your “new” club chair.
Philadelphia Trading Post
4025 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Philadelphia Trading Post was started in 1951 by a woman named Antique Esther. She raised 11 children, so secondhand furniture was a necessity that turned into a passion. The business is still running and helping people like Esther survive during current hard times. Located in the heart of University City, PTP offers discounts to students in the surrounding area. PTP not only sells stylish used furniture, it also sells discontinued pieces, collectibles and household items. Philadelphia Trading Post is a West Philadelphia staple and the go-to place for quality and good prices for secondhand and other items.
Bryn Mawr Hospital Thrift Shop
804 County Line Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Some places may be called “thrift” stores, but there’s nothing thrifty about them. Located on the prestigious Main Line, Bryn Mawr Hospital Thrift Shop is the place to go to find some of the finest used furniture at not-so-bargain prices. If you know a thing or two about high-end furniture and have the cash to spend, then surely it’s a bargain for you. The majority of the finer pieces are in excellent condition and the thrift store takes special care of its higher priced items. Still, not everything is high end, and there are plenty of reasonably priced items and lots of collectibles and clothing as well. All donations to The Bryn Mawr Hospital Thrift Shop are tax deductible.
Roxborough Salvation Army
4555 Pechin St.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
The Roxborough location of the Salvation Army has an excellent selection of stylish used furniture. A major distribution center, the Salvation Army offers a lot to choose from. Find out the trucks’ delivery schedule and coincide your visit with the drop-off. That way, you get a chance to poke around before the consignment shop owners get their hands on the good stuff. Just be warned — you will have to take your time and do some digging, but it will be worth it! Oh, and Wednesdays are half-off.
631 Bethlehem Pike
Erdenheim, PA 19038
Phantastic Phinds first started out as an online business in 2004 with secondhand furniture sold on consignment on a three-month cycle. In 2007, the online business opened a storefront in Erdenheim, Pa. It’s still offering consignment furniture and home goods at reasonable prices, and the website is still a major part of the business that’s updated every hour with available merchandise you can find at the store.
Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.