Where to Find Furniture
I get a lot of questions about finding good quality furniture to refurbish, so I thought I would write a few tips on the subject. Feel free to add your own suggestions.
1. Thrift Stores- Thrift stores are becoming a bit more savvy when it comes to pricing. The days of $5.00 mid century modern credenza are over, however you can still get a great price, if you look, and if you’re patient. The Salvation Army always has 50 percent off days. Ask the workers and see if they’ll give you a heads up when the next one will be.
2. Garage/Estate Sales-go early or go late. Big ticket items don’t always sell super quick at garage sales. It’s kind of the luck of the draw. Don’t overpay here either. Make an offer. I know from experience, it’s more about getting stuff out of my garage than making a big profit.
3. Family/Friends-Parents and grand-parents are a treasure trove of great old stuff. Make an offer to them that you’ll pick up and move out any stuff they’re ready to let go of. Then make sure you follow through. Even if it’s hideous! Just take it and wait for the gem hidden in the attic.
4. Alleyways and Curbs. I cannot tell you all the good stuff I have found in alleys and on the curb for bulky item pick up. It’s obscene what people throw out. I also like that this helps the environment and reduces the landfill. Recycling vintage furniture is super green. Another great tip is to find out the bulky item pick up day for upscale neighborhoods. I found an amazing nightstand in West Hollywood once when I just happened upon their bulky item day.
5. Antique or Vintage Stores. Both brick and mortar and online stores on Etsy or Ebay are a treasure trove of goodies. It’s more convenient, but you won’t always get the BEST deal here as the shop owners have to make a profit. If you’re looking for something specific, this is a good option. Again, make an offer and never pay full price unless you absolutely LOVE it and the shop owner can’t afford to go down.