You Paid WHAT for That? Best Secondhand Finds Ever

You Paid WHAT for That? Best Secondhand Finds Ever

Janel Laban
Jun 21, 2011

I always enjoy it when readers share their ultimate secondhand finds in the comments. Today, I've gathered up some of the best to share and all I can say is this is one savvy-shopping, good-bargain-karma-having bunch! Read on for the finds, try and keep your jealousy in check and get ready hit the thrift store or click on over to Craigslist soon after - you'll want in on the action…

My mother found two Wegner wishbone chairs (the real deal) at a Salvation Army for $10 each. - misstokyo
Just last week I bought a 19th century French commode (complete with original hardware and marble top) from someone on Craigslist. The seller was leaving the country in a couple of days and sold it to me for less than $200! It is a gorgeous piece of furniture I treasure already. Never underestimate Craigslist.- Gideon
It was a very snowy day and the last item up for auction was a Nakashima headboard. Most of the auction house cleared out as the snow piled up outside. I purchased my headboard for less than half of the estimate. Every time I get into bed, I smile! - vbp
My husband bought our 1960s Florence Knoll Brazilian rosewood conference table (now dining table) at "The Bins" for $10. - brittany kate
Paul Frankl "Combed Wood Series" Buffet (solid blonde mahogany)--for $350 from The Other Shop in SF! Then I saw the same one at some fancy store in LA for $2800. - Lesley
An invitation to the opening night of Studio 54 for $8 at a waaaay out of the way thrift store in the desert. - SparkerShop
Not a designer piece, but oh-how-I-love my vintage metal barrister bookcase. I had never purchased any furniture costing more than a hundred bucks, but I was living with my mom rent-free while going to school and had a decent job and a few extra dollars in the bank. While browsing a local antiques store, I came across a Globe Wernicke grey metal 4-level stacking barrister bookcase from the 60s. $420 later, it was mine! Since then, I've seen them selling for a heck of a lot more, but I won't ever get rid of mine. I love how all my design books are protected behind glass and how unbelievably sturdy the dang thing is. Did I mention that it looks incredible? Love! - Teresa
I found 6 Paul McCobb planner chairs for $600 on Craigslist,(not super cheap, but still a bargain) also found a Mobilia danish mid-century sideboard left out on the curb and sold it for $500 on Craigslist. A Wegner Rope bench at a thrift store for $60. - KimKelley
6 mint Herman Miller chairs for $100! - annie-san
My favorite find was a signed Charlie Harper print for $15 at a thrift store. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it! - hanhosh
I got a 15 drawer steel flat file for $35.00. But my husband bought a Maserati Quattroporte at a Salvation Army for $1200. I think he wins. - Palmetto
We found a Jens Risom 2-door cupboard for $20...the top is pretty scuffed up but the rest is near perfect. It had an AT&T sticker on it, so I suppose it was used at an old AT&T office originally. - thevioletpear
Milo Baughman recliner at the Goodwill for $30! - HonoluluSu
My mom bought me a Swedese Lamino Chair & Ottoman set for $35 - jenny!
We found 4 ladder-back teak chairs by Niels Koefod for $10 each. We didn't even know what they were, we saw them at a garage sale and fell in love. Then one day months later we were looking at this MCM furniture store website and simultaneously spit our coffee after seeing how much they were charging for the exact same chairs. - ivette from pr
Salvation Army: Two Hans Wegner dining chairs for a 5'er each; Alvar Aalto bar cart, 5.00; Selig Z chair, 10.00; 2 matching Knoll credenzas for 40.00; various pieces of Paul McCobb Planner Group furniture, 5.00-50.00; Saarinen Tulip table, 15.00. The list goes on, and my house is full of treasures from there (needless to say). - k2yhe
A black Eames lounger and ottoman in perfect shape...for $80! I know, right? It belonged to a doctor who died and his wife always hated it. She didn't seem to know it was worth anything. - radioriot

And for the romantics in the crowd - finding true love along with the furniture seems to be a trend:

The absolute best Craigslist find? Four white Bertoia chairs in mint condition--- $100 total! Also my finace, I purchased an old bookcase from him on CL two years a go and well....the rest is history! - twentysixeast
My fiance. He is a steal for what I paid for him (nothing) and improves the aesthetics of the house quite a bit. And all I was looking for was a nice used table!! - FFB4MD

If all of these stories have you feeling inspired, here are some posts and resources worth checking out:
Readers' Favorite Vintage, Thrift, & Secondhand Shops
10 Common Thrift Store Finds And Ways to Use Them for DIY Projects
Craigslist Buying and Selling Etiquette
Best Thrift Stores and Flea Markets 2010
Apartment Therapy's Daily Scavenger Roundup
Apartment Therapy New York Classifieds
Apartment Therapy Los Angeles Classifieds
Apartment Therapy San Francisco Classifieds
Apartment Therapy Chicago Classifieds
Apartment Therapy DC Classifieds
Apartment Therapy Boston Classifieds

Image: Dan's MMC (Mostly Mid-Century) Home and Gallery House Tour/Evan Thomas

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