Vintage home decor is one of the hottest trends right now. Searching for that perfect vintage piece for your apartment is equivalent to a modern-day treasure hunt. New York City is home to plenty of shops where you can find rare and unique vintage furniture. But, if you’ve hit up the best shops and still haven’t found what you’re looking for, or you simply want to hunt in your spare time, we’ve scoped out the sites where you can finally find that antique piece your heart desires. Used and vintage furniture websites often have an even wider selection available, making it a win-win!
The Lowdown: AptDeco is designed to give used furniture a new life. It simplifies the process of buying and selling furniture by providing professional pickup and delivery of all items for a small fee. Even some of the top vintage sellers in the area sell on AptDeco. To find the vintage goods, you’ll want to filter results by selecting the brand ‘vintage/antique.’
Price: $$ — You can find something in every price range on AptDeco, with prices ranging by brand, seller, piece, and condition. You can always search using a price filter to see what’s available in your budget if you’re looking for something in a specific price range. Example pricing: A vintage credenza for $682
Recommended for: Brand name lovers, vintage aficionados, and deal hunters
The Lowdown: Looking for a wide variety of vintage furniture or that one really obscure piece? Etsy should definitely be a stop on your treasure hunt. With both individual sellers and dealers selling on the platform, you will find loads of vintage decor and furniture. It’s the perfect place to see what’s available, what kind of pricing you’re looking at, window shop, and daydream. Etsy also has that folksy appeal that reinforces why you may be looking for a vintage item.
Price: $$-$$$ — There are all kinds of prices, just as there are various sellers and items. While individual sellers may be a wild card in terms of pricing, many shops dedicated to vintage and antique furniture and decor offer pieces at going market rates. Example pricing: Vintage French Empire Long Dresser for $1,195.
Recommended for: casual shoppers, deal seekers, and hardcore connoisseurs
The Lowdown: Chairish is a combination of style and vintage. Using the site, you’ll have access to an expertly curated inventory at your fingertips. The best part is that, unlike other sites, the shipping is taken care of, so you can rest assured that the piece will arrive at your doorstep in excellent condition.
Price: $$$ — It caters to the designer inside you, so expect to pay extra. You’ll find some pieces on sale from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled (such as a 1920s Velvet Upholstered French Louis XV Daybed for only $650, down from $3,000). Example Pricing: Vintage 1970s/1980s Caning, Brass, and Wood Dining Set for $600.
Recommended for: Vintage design experts, interior designers, and tastemakers
The Lowdown: 1stDibs is all about the beauty in vintage. Don’t have the time to peruse a Parisian flea market? Then 1stDibs is the place to go. Here you’ll find the most extraordinary items. The sellers at 1stDibs are pre-vetted professionals that add new items weekly, so you’ll find something new each time you visit.
Price: $$-$$$ —- Beauty and rarity come at a premium, with items often listed at a high price point. However, 1stDibs also has product auctions where you can get a good deal. Example Pricing: Mid-Century Brutalist Sideboard for $6,200.
Recommended for: Shoppers with an eye for beauty, high-end collectors, big spenders
5. Everything But the House
The Lowdown: Hunting for something uncommon? Want to comb through a curated collection? Look no further than Everything But the House, where you’ll find a wide selection of vintage furniture, home decor, and more. The site is easy to use, and with such a good selection, it’s easy to get lost in the world of possibilities.
Price: $-$$$. Find something at every price point with various sellers and creators for all sorts of ranges. Keep in mind that this site is set up like an auction, with bidding starting at only $1, so you may be able to get a good deal. Example Pricing: Mid-20th Century Wicker English Tea Cart for approximately $115.
Recommended for: Business-minded consignors, deal hunters, and auction lovers
6. Home Union
The Lowdown: Home Union is all about vintage furniture — in every style- lots and lots of it. Unlike other sites that bring together numerous sellers, with this site, you’re only dealing with a single curated collection. Each piece is high-quality, and since they have a showroom, you can visit them in person to check out the item you want before buying it online.
Price: $$$ — You’re dealing with a brick-and-mortar shop with an online presence. This means you’ll find only the choicest items and a higher ticket price than other sites based on auctioning or selling in volume. Example Pricing: 1960s Danish Teak Free Standing Floor Mirror for $2,200.
Recommended for: brand-name buyers, vintage lovers, and New York City shoppers
7. Furnish Green
The Lowdown: Furnish Green bills itself as Manhattan’s resident vintage furniture store. This folkish store updates its inventory daily with new items and is very much a part of the community. Though there are no returns, they facilitate meaningful additions to your collection. Some items may be modified post-acquisitions for fixing and cleaning reasons.
Price: $-$$ —- Prices are reasonable as Furnish Green wants to keep inventory moving quickly. Plus, they know they will have 20–30 new items daily. Example Pricing: Lane Mid Century Shutter Cedar-Lined Chest for only $246.
Recommended for: New Yorkers, designers, and vintage connoisseurs
8. Sotheby’s Home
The Lowdown: Sotheby’s is a brilliant online marketplace that brings together private collections, dealers, and showrooms selling pre-owned anything. While you can find pretty much anything you are looking for at Sotheby’s, you’ll want to navigate towards their vintage and antique section of the site.
Price: $$ — $$$ — Sotheby’s name is synonymous with bigger auctions and ticket prices. However, Sotheby’s Home is affordable. It’s not set up quite like your traditional auction house, as you would expect. You can either purchase an item at cost or make your best offer. Example Pricing: American Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Nightstand for $1,750.
Recommended for: high-budget shoppers, brand name buyers, high-quality fanatics
The Lowdown: Rejuvenation is both a manufacturer and a marketer of home decor products. They have a smaller vintage section that features articles on clearance from time to time. Reclamation of vintage products was the original business model, and Rejuvenation is quite good at it today. Items are arranged as per historical style with plenty of variety. Most items have been carefully restored in Portland but have been sourced from all over the country.
Price: $$-$$$ — Prices reflect professional restoration services provided by Rejuvenation. You may find better deals with individual sellers, but you may spend more on restoration or purchase a spurious product. Rejuvenation’s inventory is certified for authenticity and quality. Example Pricing: 12-Drawer Watchmaker’s Desk (circa 1900) for $2,399.
Recommended for: vintage aficionadoes, big spenders, and designers
Plenty of Options
Online marketplaces for vintage products don’t have to be fraught with risk if you deal with a responsible marketer or restorer. But it’s important to remember that not all have a return or exchange policy. If none of these options work for you, there is no saying what you may find on your local Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Krrb, or at your local flea market.
Know of another online gem where we can snag some vintage home goods? Let us know in the comments.