Vintage furniture is a uniquely fashionable option for decorating your Manhattan apartment as well as being budget-friendly and environmentally conscious. A range of styles make up the decades of vintage design, providing options from quirky retro vintage furniture to timeless mid-century modern classics.
Before embarking on your hunt through vintage furniture shops, though, be sure to research your favorite styles to identify the best—and worst—brands of the era. Many of these names may not be familiar, so knowing what to look for in vintage pieces can help you locate good-quality work for a fair price. Dovetail joints, original hardware, and stamps or markings from the original manufacturer are signs of a well-preserved and resilient piece.
Where to Find Vintage Furniture on Sale
Locating vintage furniture for sale in New York City is not difficult, though finding good-quality pieces that work for your space can take some time. Local thrift stores that carry furniture, like Housing Works, Cure Thrift, and Vintage Thrift, may contain vintage hidden gems, but their quality is harder to confirm, and it may take frequent visits to locate true vintage pieces.
For a better guarantee of quality, shops specializing in vintage furniture often have a rotating stock and items hand-picked by professionals, providing prospective vintage purchasers with a variety of options. At Furnish Green, a vintage and antique furniture shop with a showroom near Herald Square, pieces are selected, cleaned, repaired, and restored before being sold, with a goal to reduce environmental impact and provide customers with furniture that will last them a long time. Another notable vintage store, Gramercy Vintage Furniture, acquires many of their items from donation and estate sales, enabling them to offer affordable prices for their vintage pieces.
Another option for finding vintage furniture for a new apartment is to shop online. The primary risk of searching online is the inability to evaluate the product in person before purchase. However, if you have your eye on a specific item and only need the means to locate it, online shopping could be your best option. Websites like Chairish, Etsy, 1stDibs, One Kings Lane Vintage, and EBTH are reliable resources for locating vintage and retro furniture. When shopping online, you can often communicate with the seller to verify the product’s authenticity.
A Perfect Home for Your New Finds
Your vintage furniture finds are right at home within the mid-century style or retro art deco design of Tribeca House’s two apartment buildings, located in Manhattan’s most uniquely fashionable neighborhood of Tribeca. With white-glove amenities and access to all of New York City’s finest shopping and dining, Tribeca House’s no-fee luxury apartments are the ideal home to decorate with your best vintage finds. Call or visit today to view our available listings and explore your new vintage-inspired home.