Buying a used podium or lectern is an inexpensive way to add to your village hall, church or conference centre furniture without spending too much money. Before buying a used lectern, look for a few common problems, such as wobbly legs, loose pieces or missing shelves. These faults might not pose a problem if you're a handyman, but those without DIY skills should avoid furniture that isn't solid and stable.
Before buying a lectern or podium, determine exactly what you need. If the lectern will be moved around often, choose something sturdier than a fixed position lectern. There are vast price differences between portable table top lecterns and free-standing podiums. Lecterns can be simply a shelf on a stand or something much more elaborate with 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 setting where the speaker can be wired with a microphone.
Lecterns can be made from solid wood, clear plastic or acrylic. They may also come in painted colours with trim or other decorations. A height adjustable floor podium is convenient when you have multiple people using the same podium.
Conference venues, churches and village halls undergoing refurbishment sometimes sell lecterns and podiums if they're surplus to requirements. It's worth asking around to see if you can find a bargain.
Contact your local office supply or furniture shops to see if they stock used lecterns or podiums. A local audio-visual company might also have such items for sale. Check your local newspaper or Yellow Pages for companies that sell used furniture. You could also try specialist furniture sellers and online auction and classified sites, such as eBay and Gumtree.