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There are some things that they just don’t make like they used to. You especially know this is true if you’ve ever found a one-of-a-kind flea market find or something special hiding in one of the boxes at a yard sale.
In recent years, it seems that fewer of us have been saying “out with the old” and more of us have taken to recycling and even old and used items to be eco-friendly and sustainable. Because of that, it makes sense that many of us are instead of buying brand-new, especially with the rise of “” and all the waste that comes from .
Fortunately, you don’t have to go very far to get vintage furniture. You don’t even have to leave your couch (if you currently have one) — there are lots of vintage furniture stores online. is one of the places where you can look through tons of , like a and for your dresser.
But it can feel overwhelming to scroll through the site when there are pages and pages of options. That’s why we turned to Etsy’s resident trend expert, , for the top vintage furniture stores on the site.
We also asked Johnson for tips on buying vintage furniture online. She recommends confirming with the seller about the condition of an item before clicking “checkout” — like its colors, fabrics and shape — so “you know exactly what you’ll be receiving.”
When there’s such a treasure trove of vintage pieces to browse through, you want to do a little bit of research on different decades and what furniture looked like in that era. Then search specific terms you’re interested in, like “midcentury modern dresser,” Johnson said.
And keep in mind that when you really love something, you shouldn’t wait too long.
“Most likely this item is one-of-kind and will not have multiples,” Johnson said. “So, if you see something you love, buy it! It may not be there a few hours later.”
If you’ve been hoping to bring some vintage vibes to your home — whether that’s with a Bohemian rattan bench for the outdoors or a minimalist and modern desk for your home office — we found the best sites that sell antique, vintage and used furniture and decor. We included Johnson’s recommendations for vintage furniture shops on Etsy, too.
Check out the best sites that sell vintage furniture online:
has been around since 2001 and has inventory that’s been handpicked. When it comes to , you have three options: antique and vintage, new and made-to-order, or preowned picks from our current era. Lots of the more modern furniture has a vintage vibe, like this , but you can get the real deal, too, like this teal . You can shop for and here, too.
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If you’re looking for vintage that still feels modern, you should check out . The Washington, D.C.-based Etsy shop has modernist and Danish-designed pieces. Lots of the vintage items in this shop have a story, like this ” that was a gift to IBM employees and a from the ’50s. The items in this shop are pricer, but they’re unusual and unique.
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For vintage dinnerware and drinkware, you might turn this Canadian Etsy shop. has vintage decor, including little trinkets and lamps to put around your home that are affordable. Our favorite finds include this and a .
You might think of as a place to sell your old clothes or pick out tech that’s barely been touched. But there’s tons of to shop through on the site — including this that looks like it came from the set of “Mad Men.”
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, an Etsy shop that has been around since 2011, has candleholders, sculptures and vases if you’re been searching for pieces to place all over your space. There are a lot of midcentury items, including this and , but you’ll see Scandinavian decor here, too, like this .
Chicago-based has a collection of both from around the globe, but it also carries items such as and . There’s a on the site with things like this midcentury and from France. The online store has lots of , too.
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Etsy shop has been around 2017 and is based in the Netherlands. It’s a pretty popular shop, with over 2,000 sales and 2,000 “hearts.” There’s plenty to search through, including this and . NewTimesFinds has more modern vintage items from the ’80s and ’90s (those decades don’t seem so far away!) and lots of lamps, too.
One Kings Lane
One Kings Lane
offers all kinds of home finds, from furniture to , and its is worth checking out. You can look through a from across the country. One of the items that caught our eyes is this with silk cushions. What we love about One Kings Lane’s site is how it lets you scroll through styles and eras, including “” and “.”
describes itself as a “lighting and house parts general store for home improvement.” It’s , which also owns and . The site is probably your best bet for , which the company to make look new (or in this case, old?). But there’s tons of vintage , and to search through from almost every era. Among our favorite finds at Rejuvenation are this , , and .
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specializes in Southwestern-style vintage furniture and finds, even though the Etsy shop is based in Minneapolis. You’ll find everything from this to a . Plus, the shop offers free shipping on all orders over $35.
OK, so we know what you’re thinking: is going to be way over your budget. That was our first thought, too. But we spotted on the site that’s actually affordable! Auction house Sotheby’s bought Viyet, which is now called Sotheby’s Home, . The company describes it as a marketplace for furniture, decor and art. You can shop through “” or “” finds, and can either buy items at their cost or make an offer. We also appreciate how detailed Sotheby’s Home is with describing the condition of vintage items. One of our favorite pieces is this .
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This is based in Bonn, Germany, and carries vintage furniture from the ’50s through the ’70s. You should definitely check the description of pieces, since the shop provides detailed notes about an item’s condition. These are rare finds, too — there is usually only one of each item. Among our favorite pieces are a for plant parents and this .
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Looking for lamps? is lit with them. The Montreal-based Etsy shop has almost any lamp you can think of, from an and to a . But the shop also carries items like an , a and a .
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curates bohemian home decor. The shop is based in Birmingham, England. There’s a lot of rattan, wicker and bamboo furniture throughout the shop and it’s mostly midcentury. The shop owner says the pieces are found from thrift stores and auctions. We’re obsessed with this and this .