The Flotsam Furniture Works

Store Profile

Store History

  • Founded by: Nick Sario
  • Headquarters: Portland, OR

My name is Nick Sario, and I created The Flotsam Furniture Works out of a thoughtfully cultivated fusion of single-minded obsession and wild desperation. At the time this all began, home was a drafty Chicago apartment furnished almost entirely by hand-me-downs from my roommate’s grandmother. We were grateful to have any furnishings at all, but it was a bit odd living in an apartment that appeared to have been decorated by an eighty year old woman circa 1975. Neither of us could afford anything new, so as the furniture began to very literally break down beneath us, I took it upon myself to peel back the faded gold velour and make repairs. Things evolved quickly after that. Arcane looking upholstery tools began cluttering the apartment, then taking over entire rooms. The sun porch was commandeered for woodworking while the dining room was repurposed for sewing and upholstery. Before long I was buying supplies in bulk and recovering third-hand chairs just to learn how they’d been assembled. The growing industry in my apartment was a stark counterpoint to my day job. I was temping as a data entry clerk after losing two positions to the recession, and the daily reminder that I was almost thirty and my only marketable skill was apparently my speed at the numeric ten-key left me feeling a singular mixture of restlessness, self-doubt, and terror. I was desperate for some kind of radical course correction, some way to orient myself away from the pursuit of a paycheck and toward the pursuit of skills, some means to prove that despite the years of mundane repetition I could still muster in myself the tiniest bit of craft and grace, and thus The Flotsam Furniture Works was born.

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Nick Sario knows the importance of the meaning of the phrase “out with the old and in with the new.” Frustrated with both his day job and the state of the hand-me-down furnishings in his Chicago apartment, Sario was ready for a change in more ways than one. Fueled by good ole’ fashioned “single-minded obsession and wild desperation,” Nick took matters into his own hands, tearing apart his furniture, reclaiming third-hand vintage furniture pieces and eventually becoming a master furniture craftsman.

Thus, The Flotsam Furniture Works was born. In his collection, Sario works with repurposed materials whenever possible, creating unique, original designs and giving new life to old vintage items. Nick’s work is a true Etsy gem, as each piece is hand-crafted for you, making the furniture more special than similar pieces you may find in the larger main-stream shops – and at the amazingly low price of around $500.

See more of Nick’s work by visiting The Flotsam Furniture Works on Etsy.