Ready to find your next great piece of furniture online? We have links to our Home Style columnist’s favorite auction sites on the web. Deirdre Schwiesow’s picks:
The scoop: For home and garden items, eBay is the largest website in the world, with more than 850,000 live listings in the Home & Garden category at any given time. The downside? All those choices can be daunting if you’re a first-timer or don’t know what you’re looking for.
Log on: ebay.com
The scoop: Shopping guilt, be gone! Proceeds from this site help fund Goodwill’s charitable programs. Not only is the site visually straightforward and easy to navigate, but the item descriptions pack plenty of details so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Log on: shopgoodwill.com
The scoop: In cooperation with eBay, Goantiques.com brings together dealers of antique furniture, art, collectibles or reproductions from around the world. The comprehensive range of categories is helpful (although the site’s distinction between “channels” and “categories” is confusing), and those on a budget will want to check out the search-by-price function.
Log on: goantiques.com
The scoop: While the “Home & Garden” and “Art & Antiques” categories offer a small, quirky selection of items, your best bet is, not surprisingly, the “Books & Manuscripts” subcategory, which falls under Art & Antiques.
Log on: amazon.com/auctions
Already easy to navigate, WeBidz.com’s “Home-Garden” category breaks down its “furniture” subcategory by room, further simplifying the search process. A “feedback rating” box gives an at-a-glance overview of user responses to the seller, the bottom of each item listing features images of other items available from that seller. However, some subcategories may not feature any auctions at all at a given time.
Log on: webidz.com