Shopping for furniture on a budget? The Time Out KL team paws through the best steals and quirky finds – beds, kitchenware, lamps, mannequins and all – at these top five secondhand furniture shops.
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Seek and you will find – even if you end up in the outskirts of Selangor doing so. Renewmart, formerly Meng Fong Trading, has three outposts in Ampang Utama, near the Ampang LRT and Shah Alam. Go to the Shah Alam showroom; it’s over 60,000 sq ft crammed with quality, well-preserved junk furniture, whether antiques or mod. Everything is on the cheap, or at least fairly priced: beds, cabinets, chairs, lamps and tables, as well as art pieces, electrical equipment, and kitchenware such as cups, stained plates and the like. Highlights include a four-panel folding screen, a pair of stone lion statues and, oddly, a mannequin.
Formerly known as Selangor Junkyard, Buy & Sell is one of the more popular secondhand furniture shops in Puchong. Stocking (and stacking) as many pieces of furniture as possible into the limited space of two shoplots, Buy & Sell also has a website where stock is updated so one can have a good idea of what’s available. At first glance, the shop may seem old and dusty, but a patient hunt revealed some good stuff, like a baby cot in near-new condition, a simple gilded glass-top coffee table that wouldn’t look out of place in an Instagram-worthy living room, an electronic keyboard, a complete set of dining table and chairs, and some large wicker benches (from a five-star hotel) that we would definitely cop if we had a pool deck at home.
Kedai Kaki Lelong resells secondhand furniture that’s been repaired and reupholstered at affordable prices. They carry a wide range of furniture from sofas and garden furniture to kitchenware and utensils. Look out for two extraordinary chandeliers formerly from the Masjid Jamek mosque and Carcosa Seri Negara that’s also up for purchase.