Whether you’re an antique collector on the hunt, or simply looking for a good bargain, second-hand furniture shops can be treasure troves of unique and affordable furniture items.
Most second-hand shops buy used furniture too, which is an excellent option if you’re looking to get rid of some unwanted pieces (and make a quick buck!).
Either way, one man's trash is another man's treasure!
Here is our list of some of South Africa’s best second-hand furniture shops.
This well-known furniture shop in Johannesburg was opened in 2008 and has grown into a very successful second-hand furniture dealer.
Redecorate is run by Michael Schoeman, who has a keen eye for beautiful and unique furniture pieces.
As their business has grown, this power duo have added a variety of quality furniture pieces and other stock. Redecorate also offers restoration and reupholstery services to its clients.
Services: Selling and buying second-hand furniture, furniture restoration and repair, upholstery services, delivery, and custom-made furniture.
Location: 54, 6th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Redecorate Furniture - 54 6th St, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, 2193
Open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 83 647 0891
Founded in 2017 by a young woman with a passion for all things vintage, Nkrumah and Sons is based in the Sandton area but is exclusively an online shop.
That being said, private viewing of their stocks can be arranged for potential buyers (by appointment only).
This store is also perfect for those interested in vintage clothing and other apparel.
Other Services/Products: Second-hand furniture selling and buying, long and short-term furniture rentals, vintage apparel, and interior design consulting.
Location: 115 Froome Street, Atholl, Sandton
Nkrumah and Sons - 115 Froome St, Atholl, Sandton, 2196
Open 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Landline +27 79 960 3304
The Preloved Shop is the retail side of their business, Declutter and Downsize. DnD is a full service decluttering company that works with clients to downsize their spaces, move them into retirement living or handle deceased estates. This inevitably leads to the business owners purchasing household contents in bulk and selling them on through their shop. Because they are housed in a business park, their rents is low so they can sell at much lower prices than most retail stores. They sell everything from quality used everyday items and furniture all the way up to fine antiques. They are open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5.
If you are looking to purchase a particular item, give them a shout as their stock changes constantly.
Services: Selling second-hand furniture, homewares, tools, arts, and collectibles.
Location: Fish Hoek, Cape Town
The Preloved Shop - Unit 1, Gate 2, Red Square, Lekkerwater Rd, Capri, Cape Town, 7975
Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 72 940 5123
If you're looking for vintage antiques and collectibles in Cape Town, CollectMeaStory is a vintage shop in which every item for sale has a story. They sell books, furniture, cutlery, movie props, crockery, glass, road signs, old toys, paintings, vintage clothing, and anything memorable.
Services: Selling second-hand antiques, collectibles, old toys, paintings, furniture, vintage clothing, and a lot more.
Location: Cape Town
Collect Me A Story - 354 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Western Cape, South Africa
Open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 76 639 0652
Colonial Antiques is one of Port Elizabeth's largest antique dealers and a visit to their premises is always well worth the effort.
This second-hand shop is massive and well-stocked with affordable furniture items. We recommend that you come with plenty of time on your hands so that you can browse the three floors and discover some hidden gems- you might even find something you never even thought you needed!
For those looking for something specific, their friendly staff are ready to help you find exactly what you need.
Services: Selling antiques
Location: Port Elizabeth: 14 Todd St, North End
Colonial Antiques & Persian Carpets - 14 Todd St, North End, Port Elizabeth, 6001
Open 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Landline +27 41 484 2617
With some of the best second-hand furniture Port Elizabeth has to offer, Herbies Furniture Market has a reputation for excellent quality at really great prices.
This second-hand shop will also buy your unwanted furniture- they offer free quotes and the best offer for your goods- they’ll even arrange to have the furniture you wish to sell collected from your home!
Services: Selling and buying of both antique and modern second-hand furniture, antique dealing, collection and delivery.
Location: 14 Todd St, North End
Herbies Furniture Market - 421 Govan Mbeki St, North End, Port Elizabeth, 6001
Open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 41 484 3563
This ‘one-stop second-hand shop’ is the place to visit in Durban for a wide range of second-hand goods.
Now & Then are committed to providing its valued customers with great service and advice. You’ll find staff to be very helpful and knowledgable.
You can also check out the shop’s Facebook page which is always kept up to date with their latest stock items.
Services: Selling and buying second-hand goods other than furniture (such as appliances, decor, costume jewellery and gold), delivery, redecorating, and clearance of storage units
Location: 35 Romsey Grove, Durban North, and Durban
Now & Then Second-Hand Shop - Ellis Park Shopping Centre, 28 Romsey Grove, Durban North, Durban, 4051
Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 79 192 9633
This aptly named second-hand furniture shop in Durban buys and sells anything old and interesting- making it an excellent option for those looking for unusual and rare pieces.
While you can find a variety of different second-hand furniture styles here, they have a whole storage room dedicated to mid-century furniture.
Services: Selling and buying second-hand furniture and a wide range of mid-century second-hand furniture are available.
Location: 67 Haden Road, Morningside
Eclectic Antique Store - 67 Haden Rd, Morningside, Durban, 4001
Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 31 303 2218
Looking for the best second-hand furniture Cape Town has to offer? Check out these great second-hand furniture shops.
Die Handelshuis is a proudly owned and run family business that was established in 1982.
Their spacious premises boasts a massive selection of second-hand furniture and antiques. They also specialise in the buying and selling of vintage cars.
If you wanted to make an outing out of your visit to this amazing shop, their in-store coffee shop sells fresh coffee and delicious food!
Services: Buying and selling second-hand furniture and vintage cars.
Location: 27 Northumberland Street, Belville
Die Handelshuis - 27 Northumberland St, Bellville, Cape Town, 7530
Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 21 945 4736
The Shed @ Somerset West’s founder, Erica, firmly believes in the old saying ‘One man's junk is another man's treasure.’ Hence the name of her first second-hand shop, ‘Junk on the Bay’.
Following a massive success and demand for the unique pieces and affordable prices on offer, Erica moved her shop to larger premises in Somerset West, adding in some new selections and partners along the way!
The Shed @ Somerset West is like a charming time machine to the past, and is well stocked with antiques, reclaimed furniture, steel art, porcelain and more!
Services: Selling second-hand furniture, antiques and collectables, unique recycled wooden furniture and steel art, porcelain, silver plated goods (EPNS) and glassware.
Location: 11 St James Street, Somerset West
The Shed Somerset West - 11 St James St, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130
Open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Landline +27 76 560 0541
If you’re a lover of all things vintage, you’ll love this charming old-world shop in Durbanville.
Oom Theo Se Winkel is filled with unique pre-loved items, from stunning headboards to solid wooden benches, and everything in between!
They don’t have a website, but you can take a look at their Facebook page for more details and a sneak peek at the latest arrivals.
Services: Second-hand furniture sales
Location: 48 Queen Street, Durbanville, and Cape Town
Oom Theo Se Winkel - Shop 18, Queens Corner Building, 48 Queen Street, Durbanville, 7550
Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Landline +27 83 310 1081
If online shopping is more your scene, especially for those who prefer to browse second-hand furniture with prices from the comfort of your home, Gumtree Second Hand Furniture is a great place to start.
It has an extensive range of cheap second-hand furniture options available. This is also a time-saving option for those who are looking for specific items.
Unfortunately, OLX second-hand furniture is no longer available as the classified site has closed its virtual doors in South Africa.
Most of the second-hand shops near you will have an online presence and it’s worth checking their social media pages or websites.
Second-hand furniture dealers are constantly looking for new quality stock. If you would like to sell your furniture, search for “second-hand furniture shops near me” and contact them directly.
Make sure you have quality photos, details about the condition and history as well as a selling price. If you’re selling antiques, they will be able to make an offer or you can get an appraisal first.
If you are relocating or moving overseas, don’t let your antiques and furniture go to waste in storage. Sell to your local second-hand dealer to make money, not waste it.
This is a difficult question to answer, as the value of antique furniture can vary greatly depending on several factors. These include the age, condition, provenance (history), and desirability of the piece.
Generally speaking, the older the piece is, the more valuable it will be. Pieces that are in good condition and have an interesting history are also typically more valuable than those that do not. Finally, some pieces of furniture are simply more desirable than others, due to their style, rarity, or other factors.
If you are looking to sell your antique furniture, the best way to get an accurate estimate of its value is to consult with an experienced appraiser or dealer. They will be able to take all of the above factors into account and give you a more accurate estimate of the piece's worth.
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