7 Best Sites For Buying Unique Vintage Furniture (and uShipping it home)

Vintage Furniture

If you’ve ever lived on a budget or set up a small office in an urban jungle, then had to assemble some semblance of a “home” in either case–  you’ve likely explored a few of the standard options for cheap furniture: IKEA, Goodwill, garage sales, Craigslist and the like.

But with these sparse and often “luck-of-the draw” options for finding furniture, and with show-floor retail prices out of the question, it’s not exactly easy to create a Dwell-worthy home or workspace. Many IKEA pieces are sure to become curbside garbage within a matter of months and the build quality usually follows suit.

Sure, some of us are born with Martha Stewart-like DIY ingenuity that can turn popsicle sticks and wood glue into elegant table lamps — but for the rest of us, our timely “finds” become the most unique and durable pieces in our homes.

If you’re looking affordable, reasonably durable and unique furniture and decor, buying vintage at a distance has become a great alternative. Even the most sought-after mid-century and minimally designed Danish furniture can be found for bargain prices online.

uShip, for one, makes it possible to ship newly purchased furniture across the country at reasonable prices, as well. When pro haulers are “already going there,” you’ll save even more on shipping.

Seller-focused and specialized auction sites have made locating attracitve and affordable furniture ridiculously easy online. And with uShip available for shipping, many unique pieces are well within reach. This goes for both homes and offices.

Here’s our selection of 7 Websites With Awesomely Unique Furniture and Decor:

 

1.   Proxibid

Vintage Buys - Proxibid

These solid mid-century chrome kitchen chairs had an opening bid of $10, with just a few days remaining on the auction.

Proxibid is an auction-based marketplace that is worlds apart from eBay. Auctions on Proxibid are held by small traditional auction houses and independent sellers that often specialize in specific types of goods. Auctions are either timed or held in person, with live bidding via webcast on Proxibid. When an auction ends, all bids/listings in that auction are closed.
You can find great bargains in everything from antique sales to estate sales, liquidations, government auctions, fine art and decor sales, to store closings, heavy equipment and office renovations. Simply searching “Mid Century” turned up two dozen pieces of furniture with current bids between $5 and $20. 
Proxibid
 is an auction-based marketplace that is worlds apart from eBay. Auctions on Proxibid are held by small traditional auction houses and independent sellers that often specialize in specific types of goods. Auctions are either timed or held in person, with live bidding via webcast on Proxibid. When an auction ends, all bids/listings in that auction are closed.


2.   Public Surplus

Stainless steel heavy-dual work or kitchen table, 3 feet wide, $20 with 24 hours left on the auction.

Stainless steel heavy-dual work or kitchen table, 3 feet wide, $20 with 24 hours left on the auction.

Public Surplus provides online auction services for public agencies looking to sell off disused or unwanted physical assets. The items sold on the site include airport supplies, animals, building materials, collectables, computers and electronics, heavy equipment and vehicles, music equipment, office equipment and furniture from many different government institutions.

You can find pretty much anything used on this site at various times. You could easily build out an entire kitchen or laundry room (including appliances) on the site.

3.   Etsy

Pair of reclaimed wood box tables, $80.

Pair of reclaimed wood box tables, $80.

The maker of the medium-sized box tables you see on your right,  CamilleMDesigns,  specializes in making pieces from reclaimed wood. Many sellers specialize in building pieces from recycled, reclaimed, or repurposed materials. For years, Etsy has been a mainstay for handmade goods, including jewlery, clothing, and adorable gifts for painfully hip people around the world. However, many furniture makers and antique dealers have found a valuable market on Etsy.

As always, your uShip transporter can help by working with the seller to arrange pickup.


4. Municibid

Vintage Buys - MunicibidMunicibid also holds online auctions for governments, with a focus on municipal facilities.

We found the folding cafeteria-style table below, seating 12, going for about $400 in Massachussetts. There are a lot of creative indoor and outdoor possibilities here– if you ever host Thanksgiving dinners and other family gatherings, it could be an interesting solutiong to having everyone sitting at the same table.


5. eBay

Modern Danish Teak Rolling Bar, $300 with 5 days to go in the eBay auction.

Modern Danish Teak Rolling Bar, $300 with 5 days to go in the eBay auction.

The original online auction site still has thousands of home furnishings at great prices sold directly by previous owners.

Given, you may have to face a (hopefully automated) bidding war just before the very end of any auction, but when you’re paying only a few hundred bucks for an authentic teak Danish-designed bar, it’s probably worth your time and effort.

Items like this could go for hundreds more on an antique dealer’s floor.


6. LiveAuctioneers.com

 

Eames-style Mid-Century Wall Clock, $30.

Eames-style Mid-Century Wall Clock, $30.

Live Auctioneers offers independently-managed auctions from auction houses all over the world, including sellers of fine art, decor, and vintage furniture.

7.   GovDeals.com

An entire room, 20 feet long, of functional cabinets and countertop. With $100 and a couple friends to remove and re-install it, it's yours.

An entire room, 20 feet long, of functional cabinets and countertop. With $100 and a couple friends to remove and re-install it, it’s yours.

Like Public Surplus and Municibid, GovDeals also serves government and public agencies that need to dispose of some of their physical assets.
We found an entire room full of cabinets and countertop, likely from a school, for a starting bid of $100. Given, the deal stipulates that the winning bidder is responsible for removing the entire installation. If you’re buying something like this from a distance, you’ll have to negotiate with an accomodating transporter. But you’ll still have saved thousands on creating a highly-functional space. Like Public Surplus and Municibid, GovDeals also serves government and public agencies that need to dispose of some of their physical assets.

 

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