The Best Places To Shop For Vintage Furniture

There are many benefits to buying vintage furniture. It saves money, it's a more sustainable way to furnish your home, and you can find items in styles that aren't available anymore. Of course, local brick-and-mortar places like thrift stores, flea markets, and antique malls are terrific places to shop for these unique treasures. But as vintage furniture has gained popularity, many furniture stores like Rejuvenation and Jayson Home have opened dedicated vintage sections that you can shop online. There are also several vintage-only online marketplaces, including Kaiyo and Chairish, with even wider selections.

Why is vintage furniture becoming so trendy? HGTV star Nate Berkus swears by adding at least one retro, vintage, or antique item to every room to create a layered home. That's because vintage and antique objects tend to have more character than their newer counterparts and are more likely to be one-of-a-kind. Each item tells a story, and it can feel more meaningful knowing you're using something that's been passed down through generations of owners. If you're ready to embrace this trend and reap the benefits of buying vintage, here are some great places to go hunting for your next favorite piece of furniture.

If you have a moderate budget

Did you know Etsy doesn't just sell handmade arts and crafts? An entire section of the website is devoted to vintage, with hundreds of shops sourcing unique finds from all over the world. With so many sellers to choose from, you can find anything your heart desires — but it may take some searching.

Kaiyo is an online pre-owned marketplace dedicated to making home design more sustainable. You can browse its selection of vintage furniture, rugs, and décor, or filter by your favorite brand. After you buy, Kaiyo takes care of delivery and installation. Everything but the House works similarly, with a team of experts that sorts, photographs, and authenticates each item. Everything is sold at auction, and every bid starts at $1. You can search the huge array of categories on their site, including furniture, décor, appliances, kitchen, and outdoor.

West Elm's sister store Rejuvenation has a section devoted to antiques and vintage. Look here for furniture, light fixtures, rugs, art, and even outdoor furniture. One King's Lane is another furniture store that sells vintage, ranging from furniture and textiles to jewelry and accessories. It also has a prolific blog where you can learn about interior design, exciting new trends, and styling antique home décor. Urban Renewal, the pre-owned side of Urban Outfitters, has been around for over 40 years. Its "home" section is fairly limited, but the prices are reasonable, and each piece is one-of-a-kind.

If you're a serious shopper

Hunt Vintage is a U.K.-based online marketplace for high-end vintage items. It offers a range of eras and styles, from Regency to Scandinavian, and an antique section for older pieces. Chairish is similar, with collections of vintage furniture, art, and home goods curated by design experts. This is a popular shopping spot for designers, dealers, and consumers, as reflected by the quality and prices.

Meanwhile, 1stDibs offers home goods, clothing, and jewelry by famed artists and designers. You can use their extensive filters to search for exactly what you want, browse by style (like art deco or mid-century modern), or narrow it down to a designer you love. It also holds no-reserve online auctions, meaning there's no minimum starting bid. Jayson Home started with a brick-and-mortar shop in Chicago, but now it's grown to an extensive online collection of both modern and vintage furnishings. The vintage selection includes furniture and wall art, as well as "curiosities" like antique keys and vintage hat molds. It prides itself on customer service — tell the staff your color palette, and they'll help you choose the right piece of art or décor.

Whether you're looking for a specific item or preparing to furnish a new home with vintage décor, these are some of the best places to shop. You can also check out thrift stores, flea markets, and antique malls in your area. You're bound to find something special to brighten up your space.