secondhand chair on sidewalk, tips on buying furniture from yard sales
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Great deals on secondhand furniture are plentiful at yard sales. But don't wedge that wingback into your car just yet. Make sure you're getting a piece worth restoring with these tips from Amanda Brown, author of the new guide Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design.

Assess The Bones:
High-quality pieces are often masked beneath a layer of ratty, torn fabric. Carved wood, down cushions, and coil springs are good signs that you've found a gem in the rough. Be leery of a wobbly frame (repairs can get costly), and steer clear of pieces that were stored outdoors—they could have mold or termite damage.

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