Skip to main content

21OAK may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The supply chain sucks — buy secondhand furniture online from these great spots

If you’ve attempted to order new furniture lately, you already know the lengthy backlog created by the pandemic. When factories shut down in March 2020, orders kept coming in from people stuck at home and shopping online. Because of the lengthy timelines of six, eight, even 12 months, people are getting creative and buying secondhand furniture instead. There are plenty of places to find vintage or secondhand furniture; you just need to make sure you read the fine print to know exactly what you’re getting. Here are a few of our favorite places for gently used pieces with character.

Vintage entry table.


We love Etsy for its commitment to small businesses and the sheer variety of things you can find on the site. Beyond the volume and selection, we love that buyers can post reviews of purchases so the rest of us will know how easy it is to do business with a shop owner. We recommend narrowing down your search using the filters so you don’t spend unnecessary time sifting through items you’re not interested in.

Related Videos
vintage room decor


Kaiyo is extremely user-friendly, and we love it for so many reasons. First, all the furniture is pre-owned and vetted by Kaiyo staff. Most of the furniture is high end, and the discounts are deep for such well-made pieces. But the biggest perk of Kaiyo is that its furniture is delivered and assembled for you. What’s more, if you are selling, they pick up, store, and deliver the piece to the buyer, making both buying and selling on the site a breeze. And for a feel-good bonus, Kaiyo plants a tree for every sale on the site!


That’s right, Amazon also sells thrift and secondhand furniture on its marketplace, making it a true one-stop shop for almost anything you need. You can find tons of modern and mid-century modern furniture, and you can do it on a budget. Just select the category you’re looking in, read any reviews, and have your new furniture delivered in days.

1st Dibs

If you want high-end, designer pre-owned furniture, 1st Dibs is where it’s at. They offer one-of-a-kind luxury items that you won’t find anywhere else. We recommend setting a scrolling price before you get started; otherwise, you may fall in love with an item that’s out of your budget (hey, it happens). Not only does the site have a huge selection of furniture, but it has a massive fine arts collection if you happen to be in the market for that.

There are still options like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace out there, but you have to do a lot of the literal heavy lifting yourself. Some sellers will deliver for a fee, but you’re likely to spend what you’ve saved in the process. As with any purchase, make sure you understand where the piece came from, when it was originally purchased, and what condition the piece is in before you buy. If there are any stains or tears, make sure you ask for pictures in advance so you aren’t surprised when you receive it.

If you’re completely risk averse but want to try secondhand shopping, choose retailers that do vetting in advance so you can be confident that wear and tear will be minimal and that you’ll know the exact history of the piece before you buy. Not only is secondhand shopping good for the environment, but you’ll give new life to a piece that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Editors' Recommendations

Secrets revealed: How experts find vintage room decor everyone is jealous of
Vintage entry table.

Vintage furniture is trendy these days because it looks cool and because it is usually of high quality. The furniture must be at least 30 years old but less than 100 years old to be considered vintage. It should also exemplify the best traits of its era but does not have to be from a specific product line or label. With the popularity of design styles such as cottagecore, rustic, and farmhouse, it makes sense that vintage furniture is all the rage. If you’ve been wondering how people find quality vintage room decor, we’ve got some insider tips that will make all of your friends jealous.
Go-to places to find vintage furniture
One of the first things to consider when shopping for vintage room decor is where to get it. Melanie Hönig — a visual artist and photographer who, along with designer and colorist Kellie Smith, cofounded wanderlust-inspired home decor brand SmithHönig -- makes a living finding product inspiration from global travel and culture. Hönig said:
“My favorite places are flea markets and bazaars when I travel, and not always the most famous ones. Yes, Paris is fabulous, but Venice has outdoor markets set up around town most weekends during the summer.”
She also suggests church basement vintage shops and market stalls in foreign countries. But not everyone is allowed the luxury of world travel, so if you’re shopping in the U.S., local thrift stores and auctions are both excellent places to find quality vintage room decor and furniture. You can also check out estate sales and garage sales and score some great vintage stuff. Hönig also suggests if you can’t make a trip to famous spots like Renninger’s in Pennsylvania or Brimfield in Connecticut.

Tips for finding that perfect piece
The key to finding a piece of vintage room decor that speaks to you is to act. If you see something you love, buy it. If you're undecided, write down the essential details like what the item is and where exactly you found it.
Stay in touch with dealers
Hönig said, "Don't lose something because you can't figure out how to get back to it. If you find a dealer with unique items that touch you -- architectural fragments, or porcelain, or metalwork -- get their card, ask them what other shows they do and if they have social media."

Read more
12 helpful home design apps that make a renovation a breeze
home design apps stylish emerald green and grey living room interior with

Whether you’re renovating your entire home or redecorating one room, home design apps were created to make your life easier. From finding inspiration in new places to shopping for the perfect pieces to hiring a professional to make it all happen, there’s an app that will make your home design dreams possible.

However, with so many apps to choose from, it can be hard to decide which ones to download and which ones to skip. We’ve rounded up 12 amazing apps that cover all parts of the home design process — inspiration, visualization, shopping, and finding experts. Soon you'll be able to start downloading and get planning your next home renovation.
Apps that inspire your home design 

Read more
Don’t screw up your golden years: What to know about downsizing when you retire
downsizing when you retire best retirement party decorations

Downsizing isn't just about companies saving money. If you're preparing for a big life change — say, retirement — you might start planning to downsize certain things in your life, beginning with your home. While that can feel like a daunting decision to make, there are several reasons you might consider this change, including:

Economic necessity
Health concerns
Relocating for retirement
Seller’s market

Read more