In the market to shop for furniture that's not quite new, but not ready to brave the wild (and not always honest) world of Craigslist? We hear you. Luckily, there are quite a few online retailers that can guarantee you good quality and a safe purchase—as well as some truly special and one-of-a-kind decor pieces.
If you want it, you can find it—and probably at a good price, too! These are the best places to buy used (and vintage) furniture online, from 1st Dibs and EBTH to Etsy and eBay.
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Sophistication and style are the name of the game at 1stdibs—an online retailer that curates unique finds from art dealers, galleries and shops around the globe. It's origin story starts in Paris with it's world-famous Marche Aux Puces, where 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno found the first few dealers who helped launch the site.
When it comes to vintage furniture, styles range from Art Deco finds from the 1940s to Rococo and Mid-Century Modern. Prices skew high on this site, but keep an eye on their sale section where you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces for as much as 60% off.
There's so much to see, we recommend going in with a set price limit or a very strong idea of what you're looking for so you don't get swept up in the magic of all the endless, budget-breaking options!
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Auction lovers, this one's for you. EBTH, or, Everything But The House, curates special finds from estate sales all around the US, and includes everything from cars and art to furniture and jewelry. Because prices are strictly determined by interest, you can get some incredible deals on amazing antiques, vintage and second-hand furniture. You can search by estate (which usually includes some history about the home) or by category.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping EBTH is shipping. Sales are localized to where the estates are, so while winning an auction for a vintage Kilim rug at $5 is amazing, you still might have to pay as much as $40 to get it to your front door. If you're in the same city or nearby you can opt to pick up the item yourself, so it's handy to check in on the site frequently to see when new sales pop up in your area.
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Etsy has everything—which can be a bit overwhelming. We suggest using the filters on the right hand side of the site to narrow down your search. Most importantly, you can narrow your search down to sellers in your area. (Shipping can get pricey.) From there, you can refine by style price and color, which will make it easier to find exactly what you want.
More than straight-up vintage and second-hand furniture, a lot of what you're likely to find on Etsy will have a DIY or updated twist like a fresh coat of paint or personalization option.
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If you're in the New York or New Jersey area (and soon Philly and Boston), don't sleep on AptDeco. This site has made it incredibly easy to buy high-quality and only gently-used furniture in your area. AptDeco has white-glove service—meaning they handle picking up and delivering your purchase right to your door.
If you're looking for contemporary pieces from big-name brands like CB2, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, this should be your first stop.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Elegant, easy-to-use, and absolutely stuffed to the brim with decor treasures... That's how we'd describe One Kings Lane. The former flash sale site has grown into one of our favorite resources for vintage objet d'art, furniture and more.
From rugs and lighting to furniture and art, the offerings from OKL are luxe and expertly curated. You can shop by style (French Countryside, Connecticut Manor) or by dealer.
As with many vintage sites, many of the pieces you find on OKL are one-of-a-kind so if you miss your chance, you'll likely not get another!
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Chairish should be at the top of your list for second-hand furniture shopping because it expertly mixes contemporary and vintage finds. Prices vary wildly due to the huge variety of goods you'll find on this site, but to avoid a huge surge in shipping costs, try searching for items being sold in your area. Pieces can often be picked up free-of-charge in your area, but even local shipping can cost an additional 50% of the item's price.
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For the patient and curious shopper, there are treasures to be found on eBay. With literally millions of products, you could spend all your time searching in vain for that particular style of vintage Kilim rug or even a lamp from Zara Home last season. Be as specific as you can in your searching, and keep an eye out for sellers who offer the "Buy It Now" feature, so you don't have to get into a bidding war over your favorite piece.
To find the best vintage pieces, use eBay's "Art & Collectibles" feature to find Antiques, then further refine by object, era and more. We happen to think ebay is a particularly good research for high-quality vintage rugs, but prices can escalate quickly during auctions for the best pieces.
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And finally, not for the wallflowers, Panomo is an excellent source for the most design-minded and creative shoppers. Their offerings are completely fresh, original and many are slightly over-the-top in their whimsical colors and fabrications. Offering both vintage and contemporary objects culled from a variety of international galleries and shops—it's hard to take your eye off their picks... Which means you could spend an awful lot of time just browsing... And browsing...
You truly don't know what you might find on Panomo on any given day... From a fainting couch from the 1750s (really!) to a Hollywood Regecny style bar set from the 1970s, this site is truly a feast for the eyes (and a danger to the wallet) for anyone with a hankering for decor.