It all started with a 1960s Drexel Profile Line Series desk. I found it at a church garage sale for $42.50. After opening the desk drawer and seeing the Drexel mark stamp, I knew that it was coming home with me. It was perfect for what I needed and I loved the lines. Not to mention that these desks are often sold on Ebay for between $300-$700, but I didn’t know that at the time. All I knew was that Drexel was a good brand.
My desk was purchased about four years ago and is still in solid condition. Sure it has the “vintage wear” but I love it. This purchase was pretty much what began my love affair with finding solid, quality furniture secondhand.
Here’s why, I started noticing that all the brand new furniture was so expensive and the quality was cheap, cheap, cheap (at most large furniture stores). I noticed that a $300 dresser at IKEA was built much cheaper than a vintage dresser in good condition that I could buy for the same price in a vintage store. Sure, IKEA and I love each other but we have an agreement. If I can find a much better quality piece of furniture secondhand for the same price as the pressed wood items I’d buy at IKEA, I’m gonna.
Also, I buy secondhand for environmental reasons. Often, it’s better on the Earth to scour Craigslist, Etsy, thriftstores, auctions, and estate sales and purchase those things that will just wind up in a landfill. It’s that whole recycle, reduce, reuse thing.
Lastly, the quality and cost ratio is often so much better. Just like my desk that I’ve mentioned. To buy something similar I might have paid three times as much and the quality would have been significantly reduced. Another example, my Lane Acclaim 1963 endtables and coffee table.
This one table cost me $15 and was in not the greatest condition. After some sanding and refinishing it totaled about $40. The same for the other end table and the matching coffee table.
So, over the next few weeks we will be providing you our tips for purchasing secondhand furniture. We hope you’ll give us your tips as we go along! Tomorrow, Jess gives her reasons for buying secondhand.