One of the most wonderful things about the home tours shared here on Design*Sponge, in my opinion, is the way that the spaces tell a story. They never look like they’re straight out of a home decor catalog because each home features a unique mix of personal memorabilia, vintage or heirloom pieces, and new additions. This melange of styles and stories creates the intimacy of each tour that draws DS readers back for more. One of the ways to bring this storied style to your own home is to find beautifully aged pieces — or even almost-new ones — secondhand. Although it’s fun to forage local thrift stores and antique markets in-person, shopping online can increase your selection tremendously. In the past few years, new websites with secondhand furniture and decor marketplaces have popped up to provide alternatives to the usual sources of eBay and Craigslist. – Kevin
Image above: An antique secretary in the 150-year-old apartment of Charlie and Megan.
Everything But the House: This online estate sale listing site has everything from cars to full-blown antiques, and draws an international bidding audience as its sales can be full of surprises. It has reinvented the estate sale process, and takes both large and small lots and lists them with a bidding system that’s similar to eBay. The website is relatively new, but it has quickly expanded into cities on both coasts, from L.A. to Atlanta. The prices can be fantastic, but shipping is often expensive, so it’s a great resource if you can pick up items if they’re in your area.
Chairish: This website (and app) has quickly become well known for its excellent marketplace of beautiful vintage furniture and decor. Each seller and piece on the site goes through an approval process, so it’s well curated and has a large variety. Their selection ranges in prices and it’s easy to find what you’re looking for in their well-organized selection.
Move Loot: This new website started out in San Francisco and elevated the experience of buying and selling used furniture. They have more contemporary pieces from stores like Crate & Barrel and West Elm, and the pieces are in great condition. They take care of listing items and delivering them, so it’s easy for sellers and safe and reliable for buyers. They now serve cities on both coasts, including San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta.
AptDeco: This peer-to-peer marketplace offers the lowest commission fee of any others in the industry, making it an appealing choice for those in the NYC and D.C. areas, where they currently operate (though they have plans to expand soon). You can find many popular contemporary brands in their selection, and they have a flat-rate shipping fee.
One Kings Lane: The One Kings Lane vintage marketplace has a higher-end selection of traditional and mid-century modern pieces from a crop of sellers from around the U.S. You’ll find more traditional antiques than vintage or modern pieces, but their growing selection has some unique finds.
Viyet: This designer marketplace takes nearly-new pieces from showrooms and high-end furniture owners and offers them for 50-80% off their retail price. You can find furniture that’s normally only offered to-the-trade and custom pieces that have been deeply discounted. Although prices are still steep, you’re getting designer discounts (or more) on truly quality pieces from brands like Donghia and Ralph Lauren.
letgo (iOS and Android) and Saily (iOS): I’m not as familiar with these new apps, but for local selling and buying you might give them a try. Selection will definitely vary by location, but they offer great tools for selling items easily and communicating through the sales process safely.