Buying vintage or second hand is not for everyone but it is a great way of getting unique and interesting pieces at relatively good prices and sometimes even bargain prices. It is also a good way of recycling and a more sustainable way of purchasing furniture. We have bought quite a few vintage pieces over the years and we have also sold or donated furniture that we no longer require or enjoy. I think that is important to try and give furniture new homes in this way rather than just sending it to the bottom of a skip. Another persons unloved item can turn into someone else’ most treasured possession.
I thought I would share with you some of our vintage buys that we have and also where we find it best to purchase items from.
I found this lovely washstand via gumtree and it was a bargain at that. When I bought it it was cream with decoupage flowers on it, a bit of sanding and a few coats of paint later and it looked a lot more fresh and up to date. I recently bought these new handles for it via amazon and I think they have jazzed it up rather nicely.
Auctions are somewhere that my parents love to browse and look at for furniture, they have bought a few items from auctions and fully advocate looking online or visiting the auction room before buying, they also say to know your limit when bidding. I have yet to visit an auction but it is somewhere that I am planning on going to in the future as I think you can find some fabulous pieces and if you know what you are doing can pick up some decent bargains.
Car Boot Sales or Charity Shops
This mirror was a car boot find absolutely years ago and it was just plain wood. When I was sprucing up the washstand I decided to give this a new lease of life by painting it up and adding some distressed character to give it a new lease of life.
I think buying at car boot sales has a knack to it and to be honest it isn’t somewhere that I regularly go to look for furniture but it’s always somewhere to go now and then to have a browse out of interest and if you see something it’s a bonus.
I have been in our local British Heart Foundation furniture shop a few times for a browse (we have also donated furniture to them that we no longer require) and we have bought two items from them so far.
First off was this mid-century bookcase. When I first saw this it was marked as £25 and by the time I had decided that it was definitely what I wanted it had been reduced to £10!! What an absolute steal! Mid-century furniture is very in style at the moment just take a look at all the amazing furniture on West Elm for a start, and it’s definitely a style that we love and have embraced whole heartedly so to find this beauty was a complete bonus.
When I bought it it did have glass doors that were immediately taken out as they looked dated and were a hazard for our toddler as I wanted her to have easy access to her books. My idea was to do it up and I do keep thinking I will spruce it up as there are little holes from the tacks off the runners where the doors were and I think it could probably do with being stripped and re-varnished or something but I am a little reluctant in case I ruin it…I’ll just have to keep researching on how to restore furniture before I make my mind up.
The second piece is this lovely vintage wardrobe which we think could be 1940’s. I think this cost around £65 and was in very good condition. It’s a perfect piece for our daughters room and adds a bit of character at the same time. I love the detailing on this piece even though it probably was quite simple for it’s time. The inside has a slide out rail and pigeon hole type storage to one side which I think is perfect for a children’s wardrobe.
I love browsing online for furniture and can’t tell you how many things I have mentally bought in my head. Buying online is tricky in regards to vintage furniture and I think it is always best to read reviews of people who have bought from the companies previously. Two places that I have bought from are Scaramanga and Mustard Vintage, but I also like to browse on MucknBrass as they have some amazing pieces and I have eyed up a couple of things on there that I would like to have in our house.
I bought these coat hooks from Scaramanga, we have one in our hall which has 5 hooks and then I have a 3 hook one in our bedroom to hang jewellery on etc. I think they look great and add some vintage industrial flare to the rooms. Scaramanga have some really good furniture pieces on their website as well so I would definitely recommend checking them out.
This side table from Mustard Vintage is a recent addition to our household and I absolutely love it. I literally saw it on their Instagram page and just had to buy it there and then. If you are on Instagram I would definitely recommend checking their page out, it is amazing and their styling is totally on point. They have some beautiful pieces of furniture, mostly mid-century (which is our style to a tee) however there are other pieces on there as well. All of which I could quite easily buy and fill our house with, I have to reign myself in every time I look on their page or go onto their website as I could just go absolutely crazy!
We would love to here any recommendations for buying Vintage or leave us a comment with your Vintage furniture experiences.