The best places to buy vintage furniture online

Missing the flea market? Here’s how to shop for antique goods and buy vintage furniture online

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Though many states have reopened to an extent, large gatherings are still largely frowned upon. That means haggling at your favorite flea market or antique center might still be out of the question, for now. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to buy vintage furniture online so you can recreate the feeling of digging through timeworn treasures without leaving your home. Whether you’re looking for an Eames chair or a cheap table to DIY, these virtual emporiums have got you covered. And, you don’t have to get covered in dust along the way.

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Where to buy vintage furniture online

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1. For a bargain, Facebook Marketplace

Don’t knock it ’til you try it! Facebook Marketplace is a virtual thrift shop for bargain hunters. It does require a bit of digging, but that’s part of the fun! First, sort by your location and radius of how far you’re willing to travel. Then, select Home Goods and Furniture.

You’ll find everything from IKEA pieces to Mid-century Modern treasures, and the prices range just as widely. Looking for something specific? Try searching “Mid Century” or “Louis XV.” Then, you can message the seller to check for availability, purchase the piece, or make an offer.

2. For fine art, 1stdibs

One of the first ecommerce vintage marketplaces, 1stdibs is known for its high-end furniture, jewelry, and fine art. It’s a trusted resource for interior designers, and vendors are world-renown. So, if you’re purchasing something here, you know it is the real deal. Sort furniture and lighting by “iconic designs” to quickly find things like an Egg Chair, Eames Lounge, or Artichoke Lamp.

When it comes to art, you can shop by category, style, or artist. You’ll find works by artists like Hunt Slonem, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein. Of course, you can expect to pay a premium for these iconic works, but you’ll know they’re the real deal.

3. To furnish your home, Auction Ninja

Become an auction pro by surfing estate sales near you on Auction Ninja. The site allows you to browse local estate estate sales and auctions and place bids. If you’re a dedicated bidder and check in often, there are some great deals to be had. And, you can purchase a lot of valuable items to furnish your home for cheap.

Be sure to read the fine print before bidding on a piece. Sales are local, and will require you pick up your item by a certain date, so you don’t want to win a bid and end up leaving the piece behind if you can’t get there in time.

4. For luxury, The Local Vault

Luxury consignment site The Local Vault makes it easy to shop like a designer. Popular among interior professionals, shop by product type or curated collection. You’ll find high-end lighting, furniture, and decor pieces.

Many have been customized in fabrics and finishes typically only available to the trade. Shop luxe manufacturers like Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Arteriors, and Stark Carpet.

5. To nail an aesthetic, Chairish

Have a particular vibe you’re trying to search for? Chairish delivers with Pinterest-worthy inspiration shots and curated collections. Think “Chinoiserie Reverie” or “Casa Cosima.” You can also shop collections created by your favorite designers, filled with gently used vintage and antique pieces. The shop has a decidedly retro vibe compared to its competitors, and you can expect to pay a bit more for verified vintage.

6. For private collections, Sotheby’s Home

In 2018, Sotheby’s Home purchased curatorial platform Viyet to offer a unique consignment platform. Previously only available to a Who’s Who of collectors, Sotheby’s Home allows anyone to shop its private collections online. You’ll find rare artworks, valuable antiques from across the globe, and an array of prized artworks. Don’t be intimidated — much of the selection is more accessible than you’d think.

7. To support small business, Etsy

You may know it for crafts and personalized tchotchkes, but Etsy is also a great vintage resource. Sort by Home & Living, and then check Vintage. You can also add a custom location to save on shipping costs. Search for a specific piece or scroll through vintage rugs, European kitchen items, Mid-century glassware, lighting, typewriters, and more.

8. For vintage furniture with white-glove delivery, One Kings Lane

You’ve probably shopped One Kings Lane for its stylish contemporary pieces, but it also contains a treasure trove of vintage furniture and decor. Shop accessories like color-coordinated books by the foot (hello, shelfie) to antique bedroom and dining furniture. The best part is, everything can ship via white-glove delivery for $200.

9. For uncommon objects, Everything But The House

From a brass lion door knocker to Persian rugs and collectible coins and ceramics, estate sale platform Everything But The House lives up to its name. Like Auction Ninja, you’ll need to be vigilant about bidding, but you don’t have to worry about picking up items, unless you want to. A white-glove service delivers everything right to you (bu be sure to check the delivery price before bidding! Large item shipping can get pricey). Browse by estate, type of furniture, or a “boutique” collection.

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Ann Loynd Burton

After serving as an editor for luxury publications for nearly a decade, Ann Loynd Burton struck out on her own as a freelance writer covering design and lifestyle. Along with her work highlighting decor trends for Real Homes, Loynd Burton has covered interiors for such publications as Apartment TherapyAspireCottages & Gardens, and Galerie