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Help! I’m Addicted to Buying Furniture From eBay.

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

I have mentioned my love of eBay a few times on this blog, but it has been a while since I updated you with some of my most recent purchases. Having recently acquired a few new things (not a rare occurrence), I thought now would be a good time to show you some of the things I have found.

My intention was to include different items from around the house, but as I sat typing away in our dining room, I soon realised the entire room had been furnished exclusively with eBay finds. The truth be told, we would be here all day if I were to photograph every item I’ve ever sourced through eBay.

I’m guessing you have better things to do. So for today, I thought I’d just show you the things I bought for our dining room.

I’ll begin with the caveat that I realise our dining room may not be to everyone’s’ taste. We chose to paint a feature wall in a very dark grey paint (Dulux Gallant Grey, in case you’re interested) and the furniture is all second hand. Which, if you haven’t already guessed, is just the way I like it.

 

Rustic Dining Table

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

Cost: £170 + £30 in courier fees.

My favourite new addition is most definitely our dining room table. The table top is very rustic, which I have to confess, at first, I was a little unsure of. Turns out it photographs rather nicely, which quickly put my reservations at ease. I’m nothing, if not a sucker for a potential Instagram prop.

I’m currently on the hunt for a new dining table for our breakfast room because I’m now all about the interesting table top.

 

Dining Chairs

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

Cost: approx £50 in total

The dining chairs are a combination of some left in the house when we moved in and others bought from eBay. They were quite tatty and unappealing in their original condition, so I painted them using the same colours I used on the walls (Jasmine White & Gallant Grey). I also reupholstered one of the seat pads using natural hessian fabric.

 

Leather Chesterfield Sofa

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

 

Cost: From memory, I think this was less than £100.

There was definitely an element of compromise with this sofa. I really wanted an elegant Chesterfield with little wooden legs, but these cost an arm and a leg, even on eBay. I wouldn’t say this sofa is my favourite piece of furniture, but it was a steal and I think it works quite well in the room.

This is the place I go to hide for 5 minutes peace, because it’s situated behind the door, it’s really easy to remain hidden for at least a few minutes. So long as you don’t make a sound or, you know, breathe.

The little plant stand is from eBay too. This cost a fiver, plus a lick of paint.

If a more elegant version of this sofa crops up in my local area, then I will be the first to snap it up!

 

Occasional Table

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

Cost: £20

This little table has had many different guises. I originally bought it to use as a place to work from, but the detailing around the front of the desk makes it uncomfortable to sit at.

it now sits under a window in the dining room and use it to display the curly cactus (that I kind of don’t know what to do with), pictured above.

 

The Random Old Chair

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

Cost: £10

I am not entirely sure why I bought this chair. I certainly didn’t need it and the rush is really rather worn. In honesty, I think I felt a little sorry for it. Also, that detailing on the back. I love it.

 

Wooden Cabinet

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

Cost: £30

The cupboard in the left hand corner was a bit of a steal. It was so cheap that I thought it would almost certainly need painting, but it’s in excellent condition. The wood is beautiful and has a lovely grain running through it.

I have tried to google woods to see what wood it might be. At a guess, I would say mahogany or walnut, but let’s be honest, I haven’t the first idea. It’s the perfect place to store lots of random junk, that should probably be in the bin.

 

The Accessories

Home & interiors: eBay furniture

Total cost: approx £40

It seems I decided to take the ‘source everything from eBay’ guide very seriously, as I inadvertently bought a lot of the accessory type items from there too. Including the candle stick holders and mirror.

Oh and I almost forgot … even the fireplace is from eBay. Is there anything that can’t be bought on eBay? I’m not convinced there is.

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4 Comments

  1. May 30, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Oh lovely – I love this post and insight into your home! You have a fab style and great eye for pieces 🙂 Jess xx

    • Kerry
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 10:54 am

      Thanks Jess! That’s so nice of you to say xxx

  2. Jess
    June 3, 2020 / 2:22 pm

    Hi Kerry

    I really enjoyed reading about your Ebay finds and seeing the beautiful images of your home. I am new to the world of Ebay secondhand furniture shopping and find it quite overwhelming hunting through the plethora of options, and understanding all the delivery/collection options. Do you have any tips for buying furniture on Ebay? And do you actually have to go and collect all of your items or can you just courier it to your home?

    Thanks!
    Jess

    • Kerry
      Author
      June 10, 2020 / 12:12 pm

      Hi Jess,

      Glad you like the photos!

      Yes, I do a mixture of collection myself and courier. I use shiply.com It’s a bit hit and miss as couriers can be difficult and unreliable at times, but I find it’s worth the hassle.

      I’ve had a small handful of purchases where I’ve had to sell things I haven’t liked on for less than I’ve bought them for, but overall I find it a cost effective way of furnishing my home and I love old stuff, so would never be happy with all new anyway.

      If you find shopping on ebay a bit daunting, then have a google of your local house clearance stores. There are loads where I live and they’re now my favourite places to find vintage bits. You might find your stores are closed with covid right now, but I think they’re meant to open from next week xxx

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