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Just Like New

Although furniture can be pricey, there comes a time when all homebased entrepreneurs have to purchase a desk, filing cabinet or other office item. But who ever said you have to buy something new?

For those on a tight budget, consider buying used furniture. Often, the pieces are in excellent condition, and despite limited selections, you can usually find something to match your d├ęcor. "The biggest benefit is the price," says Joel Miller of Bingham Farms, Michigan-based WorkPlace Integrators, an office furniture dealer that added reconditioned furniture to its line five years ago. "[Customers] can get like-new products at a significant cost savings." That savings can slash as much as 70 percent off the original price.

WorkPlace Integrators' reconditioned pieces can be traced back to customers who updated tired offices with new workstations. WorkPlace Integrators buys and revamps the used pieces--hardware is replaced, finishes are touched up and chips in the wood are filled in. Some metallic filing cabinets can even be colorized in a shade selected by the customer.

To find a store in your area that sells reconditioned furniture, consult your local Yellow Pages.

Contact Sources

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3M Office Ergonomics, (612) 733-9711, tjalbin1@mmm.com

Brady Rooms Inc., 97 Webster St., Worcester, MA 01603, (800) 88-BRADY

Feng Shui Warehouse, P.O. Box 6689, San Diego, CA 92166, (800) 399-1599

McMillan & Co. Professional Organizing, (310) 391-7392, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/organized

National Association of Professional Organizers, (512) 206-0151

WorkPlace Integrators, (810) 430-2345, fax: (810) 430-2346

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