Post # 1
I was reading a lot of posts tonight about home furnishings and it got me thinking. I am a fanatic about buying home furnishings secondhand. I love a bargain. I usually go off CL or Apps that offer furnishings for sale in my area. Anyone else do this? Post a picture and the price you got for it. I’ll start.
It was hard finding just one. So I’ll post 2.
The first is a foyer table. All marble for $75
Second is a Naploleon III ormolu ebonized cabinet from 1870. We paid $350. A total steal!
Post # 2
I couldn’t leave this off. LaBarge Mirror. Paid $100.
Post # 4
abouttodoit17 : ? Buying beautiful second hand furniture is “American”? I had no idea other countries didn’t do resale.
sscott06 : your pieces are gorgeous! I wish I had an eye for this type of stuff but I am terrible at putting decor together much less finding great deals on second hand furniture. How did you get started searching pieces out?
Post # 5
MrsBeck : thank you, honestly I looked at ” inspiration rooms” off HOUZZ and Pinterest. Then after I found what I liked I went to CL and searched under furniture. People sell the best things. To me it’s the thrill of the hunt. I usually look everyday. I help friends find things too and they are amazed how inexpensive things can be.
Post # 6
Those are fancy! Several years ago I bought a table set, which included a coffee table and 4 nesting side tables, for $150 on craigslist. They are quite hardy, solid wood.
Post # 7
Absolutely beautiful pieces, and your home looks beautiful, too. Those really are amazing bargains!
Post # 8
abouttodoit17 : I will say, as an American and lover of all-things vintage, I was stoked to learn about the Aussie tradition of putting out your “hard rubbish” on the driveway and letting passers-by picking through it. It’s like free garage sales on a monthly basis! So it’s not just us super smiley folk who love a good bargain hunt.
sscott06 : *swoons*
Post # 9
MrsBeck : ? Buying beautiful second hand furniture is “American”? I had no idea other countries didn’t do resale.
No, the taste in furniture is.
Post # 10
abouttodoit17 : interesting. I’m an American and would definitely not call these pieces typical American pieces (or at least not in my area). I looked up the names of the pieces she posted and it looks like they are considered French and European.
Post # 11
abouttodoit17 : I agree with MrsBeck. I would never stuff like this in a home in my area…. To me it looks very European.
Post # 12
Right, but there is risk involved in buying antique furniture from junk sources. To my eye – and I work in this industry – that cabinet is neither Ormulu nor is it from 1870 for about a dozen reasons (happy to chat over dm). That said, if you just like the piece as a decor item, $350 is just $350.
Post # 13
sscott06 : Can you come decorate my house? LOL! Your home is beautiful and those pieces of furniture accent everything nicely! Great job! 🙂
Post # 14
I love to browse the secondhand furniture sites in my area! Those pieces are beautiful 🙂 My prize piece is my dining table, I got it for $75 at a garage sale, its very rustic pine and super substantial. It is my Viking table lol.
Post # 15
abouttodoit17 : Yeah, another vote for this couldn’t be farther from my tastes what of I would put in my home….and I’m American.
OP, great finds! I love love love finding a good deal! I don’t have a pic on me, but I recently found my dream wood burning stove for $500 (retails for about $3k) so I was over the moon excited!