Buying furniture for schools can be extremely expensive. If you can’t afford brand new furniture systems, consider purchasing pre-owned and reconditioned cubicles, desks, tables, workstations and other components to take advantage of the savings, quality and sustainability.
Furniture liquidators regularly buy truckloads of high quality desks, chairs, cubicles, file cabinets, tables, bookcases and workstations from banks, Fortune 500 companies, schools, and other organizations across the nation.
Many of the pieces they find have only been in service for a few years and show minimal signs of wear. Once cleaned and refurbished, the furniture is made available to customers at savings of 30% to 70%.
In addition to the incredible savings, there are other significant reasons to consider reconditioned furniture for your educational space from companies, such as EthoSource in Morgantown, PA, a nationally recognized leader in furniture liquidation.
The reasons include:
Higher Quality – You never know how new furniture will perform until you’ve had a chance to test it out for a while. Attractive fabrics may not stand up well to heavy school use, and the inexpensive plastic connectors the manufacturer used to hold the chairs and shelves together may break easily and get lost. When you buy refurbished pre-owned items, however, you have proof that the furniture is durable, has withstood the test of time, and is mechanically sound.
Better Resale Value – Buying high quality pre-owned furniture is a much better investment than buying inexpensive, low-quality new furniture. Like buying a new car, brand new furniture will lose a significant amount of its value as soon as it’s delivered to your classrooms. Used furniture is not only more affordable, but you may be able to sell it later for as much as 75% of the price you paid for it.
Eco-Friendly – Most classroom furniture has a useful life of more than 20 years but, on average, 1,502,000 tons of furniture goes into landfills every year because the owners don’t know another way to get rid of it. The consequences are that some of the materials (upholstery, plastics) disintegrate and leach toxic chemicals into the air and groundwater. If your school is interested in green initiatives or is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification, purchasing recycled classroom furniture helps protect and preserve the earth’s resources.
When your school is working with a limited budget, buying furniture for classrooms and administrative departments from a liquidation firm will allow you to buy four times the quantity of furniture, and it will be in excellent working condition. It’s hard to beat savings like this!