Whether you love saving money, are sustainability conscious, or just love a bargain, shopping from second-hand furniture stores is a great way to make your home look unique and keep your wallet happy.
We’ve come up with a list of the best places to buy second-hand furniture in New Zealand. Add these stores to your must-visit list for your next nationwide road trip.
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You can’t miss the Bulls. The town itself might be small, but the number of bull sculptures dotted around town makes it well worth a look. Another shop that has made its mark on Bulls is French & Sons. This antique store imports all its furniture from France and is one of the best places to buy second-hand furniture in New Zealand. This shop is a treasure trove of beautiful and sturdy wooden tables, shelving units and other large pieces of furniture.
From kitchen islands to nineteenth-century tables and chairs, if you like the rustic, French country or farmhouse style, make sure you add French & Sons to your list. It’s not the most affordable second-hand store on our list, but we guarantee your pieces will be one of a kind in New Zealand.
French & Sons. — Corner of Bridge & High Street, Bulls, New Zealand
Open 7 days a week from 10 am until 4 pm
Landline +64 6 322 0228, Mel +64 27 230 7245, Jimmy +64 27 588 4244
As the name suggests, you’ll find all sorts of items at Junk & Disorderly. The shop is well laid out and packed to the brim with furniture items, from couches and chairs to side tables, shelving units and desks. Their online shop sells smaller items, decor and household objects.
Junk & Disorderly — 164 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
Open 7 days a week from 9 am until 4 pm, +649 480 9010
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Owned by a French-New Zealand couple, So Vintage stocks industrial furniture, French and European antiques, and vintage lighting and decor. If you’re looking for large, rustic and worn-in furniture to make an impact make sure you visit their store. From wooden chair pews to extensive cabinetry, their pieces will add the perfect element of rustic charm to your home.
So Vintage — 202 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings Central, Hastings 4122, New Zealand
Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 2 pm, Sunday - Monday closed
+64 27 956 9415
The best way to describe Antique Alley is absolutely stuffed. There’s a category for almost everything in this vintage and antique op shop, but their unique furniture collection is impressive. From retro drawers to can coffee tables and victorian hall tables, each piece is unique, and you guarantee you won’t find another item like it in the country. What’s more, their prices are reasonable for such good quality stock.
Antique Alley — 240 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
Weekdays 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 3 pm, Closed Public Holidays
(09) 630 5979, 027 497 2598
Where else can you buy vintage decor, rugs, tables and chairs and taxidermy than Vintage Industries in New Plymouth? Their unique items are all sourced from Europe, which means you’ll get high-quality furniture that no one else in the country has. Their collection of tribal hand-woven colourful rugs is full of unique, authentic traditional rugs you won’t find anywhere else.
Vintage Industries — 97 King Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
Weekdays 7 am - 3 pm, Closed on Weekends
06 758 9011, 021 143 8627
The Collective is a second-hand store that also upcycles furniture, giving it a new lease of life and preventing more furniture from reaching landfills. They stock everything from vintage, eclectic and timeless furniture.
The Collective — 64-66 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626, New Zealand
Monday - Tuesday Closed, Wednesday - Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
(09) 418 2227
More than just a second-hand store, the folks at Wistle + Co upcycle and save pre-loved furniture, ensuring it gets a second chance at life. While they’re not the cheapest second-hand store, the prices reflect the quality of their pieces. Be prepared to pay around $4-500 for good-quality couches and lounge chairs.
Wistle + Co, Auckland — 399 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
021 453 247
Wakefield Antiques is known for its high-quality stock. From leather couches and armchairs to beautifully restored wooden sideboards, they also stock vinyl records and even Vespas from time to time! Every visit will have you carefully considering whether you have room for a stylish antique couch or wooden dining table. Like most antique stores, their prices are higher, but you’ll also come away with unique pieces that no one else has.
Wakefield Antiques, Greytown — 72 Main Street, Greytown 5712, New Zealand
Open every day 10:30 am - 4:30 pm except Tuesdays is closed
If you’re looking for rustic European furniture, Country Trader in Greytown is the place to go. As well as furniture and antiques, their store also has architectural salvage, including 19th-century doors and windows, original light fittings, wrought iron and cast iron gates, fencing and lacework to add to your home.
Country Trader, Greytown — 41Bidwills Cutting Rd, Greytown 5712, New Zealand
Monday 9 am - 5 pm, Tuesday - Thursday 10 am - 4:30 pm, Friday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
027 244 4682, 027 244 4665
This carefully curated store features many lovingly restored or looked-after vintage and retro pieces. If you’re looking for mid-century furniture in the capital, Add + Vintage has a great collection. While prices are higher, everything in the store is high quality and looks practically brand new.
Add + Vintage, Wellington — 31 Marion Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Monday - Tuesday closed, Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
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If you’re looking for vintage anything, Shingle Creek Collectables should be high on your list. Located on a country road, Shingle Creek Collectables is a treasure trove of items that are affordable and perfect for an upcycling project. They specialise in unique pieces, from wooden sewing desks to vintage barstools, often sourced from local farms.
Shingle Creek Collectables — 2320 Fruitlands-Roxburgh Road, Shingle Creek 9392, New Zealand
+64 3446 8610
This well-stocked Nelson store has a wide range of second-hand furniture, including retro and mid-century pieces sourced straight from the United States. If you’re looking for the best second-hand furniture stores to visit, Electric Antique Centre should be high on your list. Here you’ll find quality wooden furniture like sideboards, dining tables, or wooden footed dining chairs. From bright red kitschy dining chairs to mid-century art-inspired pieces, they specialise in Art Deco, Retro and Mid Century stock.
Electric Antique Centre — 254 Hardy Street, Nelson, Nelson South 7010, New Zealand
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10:30 am – 4 pm, Sunday Closed
+64 3548 3940
Love retro? Mr Mod is Christchurch’s home for mid-century second-hand furniture in good condition. Here you’ll find well-looked-after and restored pieces from Scandinavia and the United States. While the prices are much steeper than in some second-hand stores, each piece is in fantastic condition and unique, making it worth the investment. Check them out for their impressive collection of storage options, coffee tables and retro seating.
Mr Mod — 88 Wilsons Road, St Martins, Christchurch, New Zealand
Wednesday to Friday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday 11 am – 4 pm
021 588 130
Located on Blenheim Road, EcoShop is a treasure trove for various household items. While their furniture is usually priced a little high for its quality, they are an excellent source for second-hand art, trinkets, mirrors, small tables, and household gadgets. Just make sure you have enough time to explore. There’s so much stuff you can easily spend hours exploring the store. EcoShop also accepts drop-offs of a wide range of second-hand materials. You can drop off your hazardous, green, and commercial waste to be disposed of correctly.
EcoShop, Christchurch — 191 Blenheim Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Everyday 9 am - 5 pm
Based in Waltham, Rocketnut has a reputation for providing good quality second-hand furniture and customer service. They post a small number of their goods online, but the best experience is had by visiting in-store. Rocketnut has a lot of couches, recliners and wooden furniture, making them the perfect destination for furnishing your home.
Rocketnut, Christchurch — 16 Opawa Road, Waltham, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 3 pm, Sunday closed
Located in Dunedin, Weirds furniture stocks good quality furniture at reasonable prices. They have a wide selection of wooden tables, coffee tables, couches and mirrors that would be perfect for any home. They have a waiting list for specific furniture items, making it easy for customers to find exactly what they’re looking for. They also have a quality toy section.
Weirs Furniture, Dunedin — 260 King Edward Street, South Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday 11 am - 2 pm, Sunday closed
ReStore has a reputation as the best second-hand store in Dunedin. Their massive selection of items makes them a true treasure trove for those looking for a bargain and an opportunity to rummage to their heart's content. The store is large, and everything is of high quality without being overpriced. From mattresses to lounge suites, clothing, trinkets and home goods, there’s something for every home inside.
ReStore, Dunedin — 7 Gordon Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Everyday 10 am - 5 pm
If you’re looking for second-hand furniture in nearly new condition, you can’t go past Thompsons Furniture in Invercargill. Their stock looks like it’s just arrived directly from a showroom, but their prices are entirely affordable. The best part is that they get new stocks weekly, so you’ll never be short of new options.
Thompsons Furniture, Invercargill — 99 Leven Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
This eclectic shop is a highlight of second-hand shopping on the West Coast. Although small, there’s a great selection of small and large furniture always in good condition. Their Facebook page has photos of what stock is coming in and is updated regularly. If you’re looking for interior decor, kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils, beds, cushions, bedside tables, televisions, fridges, freezers, mirrors, books, clothing, and antiques, the R & N Trading Post deserves a look in.
R & N Trading Post, Grey-mouth — 57 Preston Road, Blaketown, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 1 pm, Sunday closed
Three Creeks is a must-see second-hand destination if you’re passing through Burkes Pass on the South Island. Featuring antiques, memorabilia, furniture, collectables, sculptures, art, and so much more, you’ll need to set aside a decent amount of time to go through the entire shop. Three Creeks also have coffee and ice cream at their on-site cafe to make the trip even more memorable.
Three Creeks, Burkes Pass — 2119 State Highway 8, Burkes Pass 7987, New Zealand
Open everyday 9:30 am - 4 pm
If you’re looking for a seriously curated furniture collection, check out Studio Goh. This small collection shows that taking your time to find the perfect piece of furniture is always a good idea. Studio Goh features furniture and home goods. Run by Ron Goh, it pays to check the site often as pieces can sell quickly.
Upcycling furniture is hard work. Fortunately, the good folk behind Bye Bye Love know how to turn pre-loved furniture into amazing works of art. Their website features dressers, desks and sideboards that have been saved from salvage and transformed into spectacular-looking pieces of furniture worthy of a central spot in any home. Prices are steep but then again, you’re buying an original, one-of-a-kind piece. They also take commissions. So, if you find a piece of furniture and don’t know what to do with it, why not turn it into a showstopping feature in your home?
If you love the look of vintage furniture, check out this Auckland furniture reviver. Vintage Furniture Revivals stock vintage furniture and can upcycle and customise your piece in any colour or design you like. They mainly stock vintage wooden sideboards, dressing tables, drawers and cabinetry. While they only stock a small amount of furniture at any time, it’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page for some beautifully upcycled pieces.
We can’t offer you a list of the best places to look for second-hand furniture in New Zealand without mentioning Facebook Marketplace. Unlike TradeMe, you don’t have to bid on items which means if you get in quickly, you can often find furniture locally for an absolute bargain. Handily, Facebook Marketplace also lets you save and search items into categories and listing and buying things via the platform is entirely free!
Sometimes shopping second-hand is more about how much is in your bank account than finding unique and beautifully restored pieces. However, shopping at thrift stores doesn’t mean you’re missing out. Make sure to head to your local thrift shop regularly. You can look over new stock as soon as it comes in. Also, be aware of your local store opening hours. Many thrift stores aren’t open on Sundays.
City Mission - There are city mission stores around the country, each one run as individual shops. Many city mission stores stock a good selection of household furniture. Proceeds go towards City Mission in your town or city.
Salvation Army Family Store - There are Salvation Army Family Stores in almost every small town and large city in New Zealand. They are known for stocking a large quantity of high-quality furniture. Search their website for your local store here.
Mary Potter Hospice - Mary Potter Hospice is a Wellington charity that provides palliative care to people in the Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti regions. Their stores stock good quality furniture, and all proceeds go towards charity. Find a store near you here.
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