getting settled in Hohhot–buying used furniture

08/28/2013

I haven’t posted in a few days because I’ve been busy helping some newly-arriving friends get settled in their houses.  This will be the first in a series of posts about getting settled here in the Blue City.

Many rental houses or houses provided by employers are already furnished.  However, sometimes additional pieces are needed to make the place feel like home.  Also, most Chinese homes don’t come with much storage so sometimes you may need to purchase a few more things.  OR, you may even prefer to rent an un-furnished apartment so that you can have more control over the furniture and décor.

You can, of course, invest in new furniture, but today’s post is about used furniture.

I know of 4 used furniture stores.  Descriptions, names, and locations are below:
1.  Name unknown and not marked with signage:  This one is located on Xhe Li Mu street just north (about 200 meters) of Gong Da’s west gate.    It’s in a hutong or ping fang style  building and you have to wander in and out of each courtyard to find what you’re looking for.
Best find:  dining room table for 60 RMB.
2.  旧货市场  jiu huo shi chang “Old goods market”  This is located on the north side of wu ta si xi jie (Wu Ta Si West Road).  It’s in a large warehouse style building with stall after stall of used items, in some cases stacked to the ceiling. They have furniture, commercial/industrial kitchens items, appliances, some new furniture, and items to random to list individually.
Best find:   Commercial/Industrial Oven for 800 RMB
New 3-door wardrobe/closet with many finishes/colors available:  300 RMB
3.  旧家具店  jiu jia ju dian “Old Furniture Shop”  This is a very small shop located just west of the intersection of E’erduosi Road and Zhao Wu Da South Road on the south side of the street.  (red sign)  The selection is large considering the size of the shop, but definitely doesn’t have as much as the others, but they seemed to have a good selection of TVs.  The owner is really nice.
Best find:   Standing coat rack for 30 RMB
4.  Name unknown.  Location is on the north second ring road.   I haven’t personally been to this one myself so maybe those who have can comment about it.  I know it also is located in hutong/ping fang style buildings.

I’m sure there are others, but this is a list to get you started.  Happy

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