Vintage items are in demand like never before. From vinyl records to ’90s jeans, nostalgic pieces have an ever-growing appeal.
And it doesn’t stop at music and clothes—vintage furniture and décor are making a statement in homes across the country. Classic furniture styles are becoming the latest trend, especially among young adults.
At High End Used Furniture, we are experts in the vintage and antique furniture marketplace. We’ve been in the business for over 20 years, scoping out high-quality used furniture and shipping it to customers nationwide. If you’re ready to transform your space, take a look at what’s new in our inventory.
In this blog, we’ll share everything you should know about buying vintage furniture online.
The Popularity of Vintage Furniture
What makes vintage furniture so popular?
1. It Brings Back Memories of the Past
When you buy used furniture, you’re buying a piece of history. Every item has a story that can transport you back in time. At High End Used Furniture, many customers come to us looking for pieces from their childhood home, their grandparent’s house, or other places they frequently visited growing up.
For others, it’s about passing down memories to their own children or grandchildren. Some customers want their children to grow up with the same bedroom set they had as a kid. This is an incredibly meaningful way to pass down memories and cherished moments of the past.
Alternatively, some people have their original twin bed and nightstand but want to expand the collection to a chest of drawers or a dresser. Whatever the case may be, vintage furniture can take us back to a simpler time.
At High End Used Furniture, we don’t always know the full history of our pieces, but when incredible stories do come along, we can’t pass them up. We’ve sold pieces from local celebrities, professional athletes, and prominent business owners.
One of our favorite pieces we’ve ever sold came out of the dining room set of the Russel Stover family. (And if you’re not local to the Midwest, we’re talking about the most delicious chocolate company in Kansas City). Just imagine having that piece of history in your kitchen!
2. The Quality Is Unmatched
The mass-produced furniture you’ll find at IKEA and other modern-day retailers is notorious for falling apart within a matter of years. These “fast furniture” products might seem like a good investment because of their low cost and accessibility, but in the long run, buying furniture you need to replace every 3 to 5 years is going to cost you significantly more.
Unlike modern mass-produced furniture, American furniture manufacturers once built furniture to stand the test of time. This solid wooden furniture was made prior to the 1980’s, and is no comparison to the furniture available today. When you purchase quality vintage furniture online, you can expect it to be sturdy, functional, and usable for generations.
We often sell our high-quality pieces at a comparable price point to modern mass-produced furniture, but the quality is far outmatched. When you buy from our collection, you’ll feel confident knowing that you’re getting furniture that will serve you and your family for years to come.
3. It Is Unique
One of the biggest appeals of vintage furniture is its appearance. With homes in cookie-cutter towns where everything looks the same, people want ways to express their unique style and personality. Pairing vintage furniture with modern pieces lets you make your home your own.
When you shop our selection, you’ll find one-of-a-kind, specialized, and unique pieces from manufacturers long ago. Whether you’re looking for timeless charm or a distinct character piece, we have the furniture that will turn your home into your dream home.
If you’re looking for unique pieces, check out our selection that you won’t find anywhere else:
- Used accent chairs
- Used armoires
- Used china cabinets
- Used dining tables
- Used game tables
- Used liquor cabinets
- Used vanities and dressing tables
Tips for Buying Vintage Furniture Online
With the help of a used furniture store online, you have the entire world of vintage furniture at your fingertips. Whether you’re looking for a very specific piece or don’t know where to start, the days of running around between brick and mortar stores are over.
However, it’s important to be smart when buying vintage furniture online. To avoid disappointment, we recommend using the following tips:
1. Only Purchase From Reputable Companies
When buying a large item online, it’s important to only make purchases from reputable sellers. Research the company’s reputation and look at customer reviews to make sure the business is legitimate before entering in your credit card information.
High End Used Furniture is one of the most prominent names in the used furniture market. We’ve helped thousands of customers make their dream furniture a reality. As a small, family-owned business, we care about taking care of our customers and doing the right thing.
2. Look for Signs of Authenticity
If you are looking for a piece of luxury furniture, it’s important to know how to authenticate the item. There are modern remakes of vintage furniture that sellers will attempt to sell (knowingly or unknowingly, as some sellers without furniture expertise won’t be able to spot a genuine product from a remake).
So how do you know if you’re buying an authentic item? Unfortunately there isn’t one answer that applies to all brands. Many of the well-known furniture brands use codes to mark their products. For example, on every piece of Ethan Allen furniture you’ll find an “Ethan Allen” stamp and a 6-digit serial number that helps to identify the piece.
Other popular furniture brands, including Drexel Heritage and Century Furniture, also use serial numbers to identify their products. So before you make a purchase, research the specific brand of furniture to figure out how they mark their pieces.
3. Pay Attention to Shipping Costs and Hidden Fees
When buying vintage furniture online, you need to think about shipping costs. Some websites don’t show shipping prices until after you’ve purchased the product. Because shipping large furniture items can be costly, you could end up with a larger bill than you planned for.
At High End Used Furniture, we value transparency in everything we do. We are one of the few online furniture sellers that provide flat-rate shipping prices upfront for every item that we sell. When you make a purchase with us, you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for the item.
4. Don’t Purchase Without Seeing Real Photos
Some online sellers will market their items without photos, utilize stock photos, or only show one image from an angle that hides a major crack or other blemish in the piece. If you notice any of these signs from a seller, it is likely a red flag.
If you buy something completely sight unseen with no photos, the chances are good that you’ll be disappointed with what you receive.
High End Used Furniture takes images of all our furniture in a home-style studio with home-style lighting to give you the most authentic view possible. We take photos from every angle and never use stock photos. Take a look at our used furniture selection to see how we photograph our products.
Buying Vintage Furniture Online From High End Used Furniture
Are you ready to get shopping? Here’s what you can expect from our process.
When you’re ready to buy your vintage furniture online, we offer PayPal and Afterpay for easy financing.
Are you interested in purchasing multiple items? Give us a call—oftentimes we can offer significant shipping discounts when delivering multiple items to the same location.
After we get your order, we’ll start packing your item for shipment. We’ll wrap it securely so nothing is scratched, dinged, or damaged in the shipping process.
We partner with the best, most reliable shipping companies in the business. Our shipping service providers know how to get large pieces of furniture safely to their destination. Shipping times can vary based on your location and the time of year you order, but most deliveries arrive within 30 to 45 days of your purchase.
We deliver the items straight to your doorstep—it’s as easy as that!
In the rare event that you are not satisfied with any part of our process, we will work with you to make it right.
Purchase Vintage Furniture Online at High End Used Furniture
High End Used Furniture is a small, family-owned business that has been selling used furniture for over 20 years. Our furniture has provided stories, memories, and functionality to over 10,000 happy customers.
Centrally located in the US, we ship furniture for competitive and affordable prices. Over our years in business, we have developed an excellent reputation for quality products and superior customer service.