The antique shop and online furniture and décor business is back. Collectors have always known that vintage furniture and décor are high-quality. Bargains are possible. Two years of people spending more time at home has created increased interest in home remodeling. Redecorating has been made difficult by supply issues. This “perfect storm” has caused consumers to turn to buying antiques online and at hometown stores. Consumers also are realizing that reusing furniture is good for the planet, reducing waste that ends up in landfills. And vintage furniture tends to be well-made of solid wood.

Online websites have thrived during the pandemic, including Chairish.com, Kaiyo.com, InCollect.com, and even—in a twist on social media—Instagram.  Many stores hurt by shopping restrictions turned to online stores and Instagram to sell.

Here are some of the popular websites. You can find an online guide here on Kovels.com. Online auctions are also a good option to bypass any supply issues.

Chairish.com: Curated, upscale vintage. 850,000 items, 95 percent of which is from dealers, collectors and galleries

Rejuvenation.com: Even the large retailers are getting into the antiques business. This website has mainly new items, but it has a dedicated section for restored antiques, including light fixtures.

Kaiyo.com: Online vintage and new. Brands include CB2, West Elm, Herman Miller, Article, and Design Within Reach. A buy or sell site.

InCollect.com: Antiques and vintage, as well as new and custom. Brands like Ethan Allen and Drexel Heritage.

RubyLane.com: A virtual antiques mall offering everything from fine art to fashion.

Mercari.com:  Local deals in addition to other internet offerings. It is unique in that buyers can negotiate price.

TIAS.com: Neon signs, a hot collectible, are included in their offerings.

 

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Photos left to right: Austin Auction Gallery, Rich Penn Auctions, Pook & Pook, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, Morphy Auctions

 

 

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