During the current climate, we have seen many companies close due to the recession. Some of the biggest names, like Woolworths, Habitat etc… have gone into administration due to the decline in the market. It is not just the retail shops that need to be cleared, it is also head offices and other offices that may have been operating under the company’s name. You may be wondering where all the office furniture ends up when all this has been cleared, the answer is that if it is reusable then company’s such as ORS UK clear and take stock of the office furniture.
Currently warehouses are stock piled high to the maximum with office chairs, office desks , office screens etc, there is hardly any room to move. For instance Barclays just recently closed one of their branches in Coventry and 450 desks were removed from that office. ORS UK is one of the largest second hand furniture retailers and they have become so swamped with stock, that they have been forced to take on yet another warehouse depot, in the West Midlands. This adds to their 3 already situated in Burton on Trent.
“The furniture just keeps on coming and coming. We used to only sell about 15 per cent second hand - this has now completely switched to 85 per cent of our sales. People just don't have the money to buy new anymore. You can pick up a nearly-new desk that would have sold new for £2,200 for just £800. The stuff coming in has barely been used - it's so different from the old tatty furniture full of cobwebs that we once saw.” claims sales manager Adrian Kowalski.
It appears that at the moment that people are just panicking. When the company turns round people will start buying new furniture again, but at the moment it is good news for second hand furniture dealers admits Adrian.