Vintage and antique furniture can be purchased online. These pieces are usually better quality than newer furniture. New furniture may be constructed of particle board or MDF whereas older furniture is often made of solid wood.
Good used furniture is becoming hard to find. Online sources such as auctions are a great place to find used furniture. Like everything else, used furniture prices have increased in the past few years.
We have a local auction house where I buy most of my used furniture. The auction house only deals with online sales. Since it is close to my home, I can pick up the furniture I win at the auction. Having furniture shipped and paying for the shipping is another thing altogether.
This drop leaf cart was only $17.50, plus the buyer’s premium. I was surprised the cart sold so cheaply. It’s in great shape, and I originally thought of painting it, but I’ve changed my mind.
I love the dark finish; the cart is sitting in our family room. I plan to keep it for a while.
This piece is a small sideboard or buffet. I paid more than I normally would for furniture this size, but it was a unique piece. The price was $50 plus 10%, so $55.
The table was only $17.50 plus 10%, so it was a totally different outcome on the price here. I will paint this piece.
The rolling cart cost a total of $9.00. I will probably sell this piece in my booth. It has a single shelf inside and would be a great storage piece.
The wood storage cabinet is a homemade piece, and the total price was $33. We will keep it for workshop storage. Pieces like this are hard to come by.
I originally purchased this display table to display jewelry for sale in my booth, but I think I will sell it too. I have a display piece for jewelry that has more display area. The table was $60. It’s a bit pricy.
That’s it for the furniture. You can buy all kinds of things from an online auction, and small pieces like this one can be shipped inexpensively. The 4 Ball jars were $11.
These four pieces were only $9. I will take them to the booth also.
That’s it for my online auction buys. What did you think of the pieces and the prices? Have you ever purchased anything at auction, either in person or online?
I really enjoy going to in-person auctions as long as they are inside and only last for 2 or 3 hours—the hubby and his friend like to go to all-day auctions that are often held outdoors.
As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com