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Vintage furniture, where to find quality pieces?

Do you find vintage furniture complicated and don’t know where to find quality pieces? Discover all the tricks to know where to find the vintage furniture you have been looking for by reading our article dedicated to this thorny question!

The different ways to find vintage furniture

There are many ways to “hunt” for vintage furniture, but finding the perfect piece can be very time consuming! We have deciphered for you the different ways to find your vintage furniture:

  • Flea markets and garage sales: very pleasant for the family, a Sunday stroll to the local garage sale or village flea market remains a privileged moment with irreplaceable charm. However, the offer remains local, limited and not specialized in vintage furniture. You will therefore have to wander through many crowded aisles in search of the coveted piece and this can take a long time! And if it’s raining, it’s less pleasant 😉
  • Flea markets (Paris, Lyon, etc.): it’s basically the same as a flea market or garage sale, but available every weekend and covered! To find a concentration of vintage furniture, look for the Paul Bert market or the Serpette market at the Puces de St Ouen, or the Puces du Canal in Lyon and Isle sur la Sorgue. You will have a better chance of finding the rare pearl than at a flea market or garage sale. However, beware of the prices, which are often not displayed and sometimes “at the customer’s discretion”
  • Vintage fairs: although they are springing up like mushrooms, most are generalist and mainly offer vinyl, fashion, accessories, etc. Some vintage formica furniture as well as Scandinavian furniture “tout venant“, all in very small quantities. Quality fairs are rarer in France and apart from Les Puces du Design and Design Elysées, you have to look abroad to get consistent quantities of authentic vintage furniture of good quality: Brussels Design Market, Gent Design Market, or Design Icons in the Netherlands to name our favourites.
  • Galleries and antique shops websites: you can find quality pieces in most cases, but the offer is limited to a few pieces, the stocks displayed online are not always updated, and delivery is not always guaranteed everywhere in France. In short, you may have to browse through many sites before finding the part you are looking for and it is sometimes easier to go directly to the dealer than to go online!
  • Classified ads: although Leboncoin and Ebay allow you to hunt for items online, these sites offer a generalist range of items and you can find anything (and especially anything at all). Suitable for buying small vintage pieces or accessories, these sites quickly find their limit for medium or large vintage furniture (armchairs, sofas, bookcases, tables, etc.) because, although there are professional sellers, there are mostly private individuals, and few individuals know how to manage the delivery of such pieces. As for valuable items, the risks are great: no control of the merchants, no authentication of the products, not always secure payment, no
    • Classified ads: if Leboncoin or Ebay allow you to bargain online, these sites offer a generalist offer and you can find anything (and especially anything at all). Suitable for buying small vintage pieces or accessories, these sites quickly find their limit for medium or large vintage furniture (armchairs, sofas, bookcases, tables, etc.) because, if there are professional sellers, there are mostly private individuals, and few individuals know how to manage the delivery of such pieces. As for valuable items, the risks are great: no control of the merchants, no authentication of the products, not always secure payment, no retraction possible..
    • Specialised classified ads: new websites specialising in decoration or vintage have recently sprung up. Some of them emphasize the yard sale aspect, online flea market, retro flea market, or the private sale aspect. In short, they are still classifieds but specialized. We therefore fall back into the same shortcomings as generalist classifieds: unverified merchants and products, out-of-stock items, non-existent deliveries or deliveries limited to certain regions, no retraction possible. Same verdict: ok for small pieces of low value, disappointing and risky for larger and/or valuable furniture.

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  • Specialised classified ads: new websites specialising in decoration or vintage have recently sprung up. Some of these sites focus on the yard sale aspect, online flea markets, retro flea markets, or even the private sale aspect. In short, they are still classifieds but specialized. We therefore fall back into the same shortcomings as generalist classifieds: unverified merchants and products, out-of-stock items, non-existent deliveries or deliveries limited to certain regions, no retraction possible. Same verdict: ok for small and low-value items, disappointing and risky for larger and/or valuable furniture.
  • Specialised marketplaces: noting the disadvantages of classified ads and other websites, some sites have developed the concept of a trusted third party for the acquisition of quality vintage furniture. In France, this is the case of Design Market, a site designed with the ambition to “revolutionise the habits of bargain hunters”. To achieve this, the site offers a unique framework of trust and premium services to simplify and secure your purchases of vintage furniture: hand-picked professional dealers, pieces authenticated by an expert, secure payment, worldwide delivery, telephone customer service, etc. The model has proven itself and more than 250 professional merchants offer more than 3,000 pieces in a unique and secure environment, with a money-back guarantee for up to 14 days after delivery.

Conclusion

To find vintage furniture, you can go to flea markets, garage sales, or even go to an antique dealer or gallery. Although this is undoubtedly the most pleasant solution, it will take a lot of time if you are looking for a specific piece and will only allow you to take advantage of an offer restricted to local stocks.

You can also turn to the internet and in this case you will be able to benefit froman exhaustive offer and a significant saving of time. While classified ads are useful for “small items” and decorative accessories, the purchase of larger items (armchairs, sofas, tables, chairs, storage units, etc.) is very risky. We therefore prefer to turn to specialised websites such as Design Market😉

And finally, as nothing beats testing in real life, we still recommend that you go to a large specialised trade fair, to see more precisely what a real piece of quality “vintage” furniture is, such as a piece of “20th century design”! On your marks, get set, hunt!

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