When “kids these days” think of the ’60s, thoughts immediately turn to peace, love, and tie-dyed t-shirts. But if your mom was cutting your hair in a Beatle-esque bowl cut; your grandparents’ green, orange, and yellow floral couch was covered in plastic; and Bing Crosby was still pining away on the hi-fi, you know it wasn’t quite the “Summer of Love” but the year that the world’s longest floating bridge opened for traffic between Seattle and Bellevue. It’s 1963!
I digress…back to that green, orange, and yellow floral couch!
You hated that couch as an adolescent, but now, look at it! It’s retro-tastic! And you want to find one along with other mid-century gems to feather your retro nest, but where? Beyond Goodwill, Salvation Army, and estate sales, where do you find such treasures?
For impeccably curated pieces, head over to 1st Dibs, an online marketplace for fine antiques, mid-century furniture, vintage jewelry, and couture fashion. Check out their dreamy collection of 20th Century furniture masterpieces. The site allows you to search items from worldwide sellers and negotiate prices (think upscale flea market).
My favorite neighborhood resource: Antika in Greenwood! They specialize in mid-century teak furniture, like curio cabinets (perfect for your grandma’s sequin-covered dolls and tea cup collection). But you have to visit often – new items come in and it’s not too long before they are gone!
Where can you find great stuff at reasonable prices? Etsy! Head on over to etsy.com, select Vintage from the drop-down menu, and type in “mid-century furniture” into the search box. Wah-lah! Some fabulous finds, including a great shop out of Seattle, JunkHouse!
Don’t mind a bidding war? eBay is the answer! Where else can you find a vintage Kroehler lounge chair with a starting price of $39.99?!?! Some sellers offer the “Buy It Now” option, so you don’t need to monitor bids and wait for the listing to end. I typed in the search term “vintage furniture” and over 13,000 results popped up. Warning: Make sure you pay attention to the descriptions (e.g., vintage vs. vintage design or vintage style).
Know of any gems in your neighborhood or online? Comment below!