It’s been awhile since I’ve gone trolling for treasures so in the interest of fun (read: mid-morning diversion) I checked out what new arrivals there were at two of my favorite online sources for vintage modern furniture and accessories (ThisisnotIkea and Lushpad). Tons out there but here is a little roundup of preloved pieces that are both modern and affordable:
YELLOW VINYL RETRO SOFA, $795
This clean-lined three-seater sofa seems to “float” off its legs. A handsome piece that costs less than a new sofa at Crate&Barrell or the Sofa Company. It’s vinyl, which I would normally shun if it were a new, but since it’s vintage, it deserves a nod. Check out the listing at ThisIsNotIkea.com.
RETRO MODERN THROW PILLOW, $35
A great fun print (love the pink, chocolate, olive color scheme). Then I noticed it’s actually made with sequins. Groovy! Only one available. Found for sale at ThisIsNotIkea.
VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD REGENCY DINETTE TABLE AND CHAIRS, FREE
According to the owner’s listing, the entire set including table (shown below) is being offered for FREE. The four swivel chairs are upholstered in shimmery gold vinyl, and get this — they swivel and roll! There are casters under all that ornamental ironwork on the base.
If you live in Cardiff, CA you can pick the set up directly from the owner. Or else contact them and see what shipping rates might apply. Spotted here at Lushpad.
ORIGINAL EAMES MOULDED FIBERGLASS ARMCHAIRS, $500/PAIR
Considering that new reproductions retail for around $350 per chair, you can go vintage instead and save yourself $100 per chair. These were made the old-fashioned way in grey fiberglass (as opposed to moulded plastic) so expect to see and feel a little strawlike texture on the surface. Owner ships from Laguna Beach, CA. According to the listing, the owner is entertaining offers.
MIDCENTURY DANISH MODERN STYLE ARMCHAIR, $125
Nice looking modern chair in the Danish Modern style. Crisp, white upholstered seat cushions against a honey colored wood frame. Spotted here at ThisIsNotIkea.
IF YOUR PIECE NEEDS A QUICK FIX
If your piece is showing has some wear, fear not. Check out Lushpad’s handy how-to guide for repairing minor blemishes on furniture for refreshing your gem. Lots of suggestions on how to handle minor scratches, dents, stains and watermarks, even candle wax.
THE FAB FACTOR
Everytime you choose lightly used or vintage pieces over new items, you are helping to reduce environmental impact. You’ve saved a piece from an afterlife in a landfill. You’ve helped save energy (embodied energy that is) because energy was used only once to make the product, but getting used twice. You are getting a a truly singular piece.