A majority of expats that relocate to Shanghai are only here for a limited time—and both shipping furniture and buying all new furnishings can make a very large dent into one’s wallet. Most landlords will provide furnished properties so you won’t need to get your own however if the properties is rented empty or the landlord will remove the furniture and you need to buy your own furniture, you might want to check out the second-hand furniture deals around town! Most people get the impression that second-hand furniture is dodgy and worn-out however, in a city like Shanghai where expats come and go ALL the time, you will find a lot of people trying to get rid of their “mint condition”/ “barely used” second-hand furniture because of relocation purposes. So, if you’re a savvy shopper and want to furnish your Shanghai apartment on a budget, then it’s worth exploring these great resources below:
There are a number of second-hand furniture stores around town—on your weekends, if you are strolling around Xuhui, you may pass by one. One of them that comes highly recommended by www.shanghaihalfpat.com is a store in the Xuhui district: Xuhui No. 69 Tiandong Lu, 田东路69号, mobile number: 13817889395. This store has good deals on office furniture with tables, chairs, cabinets etc. They even offer delivery and set-up services!
Shanghai secondhand is perhaps the largest secondhand furniture store that caters to the expat community. They claim to have EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Their business accepts and sells second-hand furniture online and in-store. Check out their website at: http://www.shanghaisecondhand.com/ or pay them a visit at their store location: Room1806/18F,288#ChangYang Rd (LanQiao DaSha), Hongkou District.
A nice one in Pudong that has a large selection of goodies is: Fuwang Market located at 269 Yuntai Lu in Pudong. Here you can find thing from baby carriages to retro love couches!
A great way to find second-hand gems is searching the classifieds sections of expat websites! These resources are constantly being updated with new finds—and of course, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! You have to be smart and quick with buying furniture via classifieds as hot items tend to sell quickly!
City weekend Shanghai: http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/classifieds/for-sale-wanted/furniture/
Enjoy Shanghai: http://enjoyshanghai.com/buy-sell/
It’s also worth looking around the forums of Shanghai Expat to see what second hand furniture postings expats are putting up, and also if you are looking for something specific, you might want to post a WANTED add yourself! www.shanghaiexpat.com