Buying a used podium or lectern is an inexpensive way to add to your church or auditorium furniture without spending too much money. Before purchasing a used lectern, be sure to look for a few key things, such as wobbly legs, loose pieces or missing shelves. If you are a handyman, these items may not be a burden, but if you are inept at building furniture, don't buy something that isn't solid and stable.
Before you decide to buy a lectern or podium, determine your need. If the lectern will be moved around often, you will need something much more sturdy than a lectern that will usually stay in one place. There are vast price differences between lecterns that sit on a tabletop and free-standing podiums. Lecterns can be simply a shelf on a stand or be elaborate and contain a couple of shelves for speaker's notes, a glass of water, and other essentials that stay out of sight of the audience.
Some podiums come with a built-in speaker and microphone system. This can be important in a large assembly hall, but less important in a small church or a setting where the speaker can be wired with a microphone.
A lectern can be built from a solid wood, clear plastic, or acrylic. They may also come in painted colors with trim or other decorations. A height adjustable floor podium is convenient when you have multiple people using the same one. This lectern could also be used for a worship team as well as a pastor.
A site called www.churchfurnituredepot.com lists several sites that sell church furniture. Most of the sites deal with new furniture, however, and can be pricey, especially if you are a new or small church with a limited budget. Try www.nextag.com for a listing of used lecterns. One lectern on the site, the Oklahoma 122, retails for $410; on Nextag it's available for $295.
Contact your local office supply or furniture store to see if they carry used lecterns or podiums. A local audio/visual company or store may also have such items on sale. In some cases, these podiums might have another company's logo on it, but you can cover that inexpensively with a handmade sign or paint. If someone in your organization is a woodworker, consider asking him to build a lectern at a low price. Check your local newspaper or Yellow Pages for companies that sell used furniture.
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