It’s not hard to find incredible mid-century modern furniture like the iconic Womb Chair or a classic Eames lounger - but you’ll need to be willing to spend a fortune if you’re buying it at full price from a retail store or a high-end seller, like 1st Dibs. If you’re lucky, you can find MCM gems in the wild. Believe it or not, I once snagged a Danish lounge chair that had been sitting on a curb waiting for the trash collection for over two weeks! There are also plenty of options online, and these tips can help you find MCM gems on the web.
Don’t Search Exclusively for “MCM” Furniture
You know you’re looking for mid-century modern furniture, so it might make sense to type that into the search bar and see what pops up. Whether you’re searching on a major resource like Craigslist or a local buy and sell group on Facebook, this probably isn’t a smart move. Why? If sellers already know something is mid-century, they are also likely aware of its value, which means higher costs to you as the buyer. Instead, try other phrases, like these:
• Retro furniture
• Vintage chairs
• Atomic design
• Old tables
Will you get some search results that don’t fit the bill? Of course. But you might also stumble across someone selling a “vintage table” that never thought to flip it over and look for the Herman Miller stamp.
Don’t be Afraid of a Little Dirt
There’s a fantastic Danish lounge chair for sale online, and the price is right. The downside? The cushions are dirty, or fraying, and the wood has seen better days. For some buyers, these are red flags pushing them to better (and more expensive) items. For the savvy MCM hunter, however, this is just a bargain. A little teak oil or some reupholstering can transform even the dingiest of chairs into a beauty.
Try Online Estate Sales
If you’re like just about everyone ever, then getting up early and standing in line outside of someone’s house isn’t your idea of a great time. However, estate sales are often where you can get the best deals, and a big haul isn’t uncommon. If you can’t get there in person, don’t worry. There are also plenty of online estate sales that let you get in on the action from your laptop or iPhone. <a href="https://www.ebth.com/">Everything But the House</a> and <a href=“http://www.estatesales.net/">Estate Sales</a> are two big websites to search, but often the best finds will come from smaller, local online estate houses.
Buy What You Love
A good rule of thumb when hunting for MCM furniture is to let your intuition guide you. If you spot a wooden chair that is beautifully made and reasonably priced, grab it. There’s a good chance that your natural design aesthetic will lead you to quality pieces.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a full-time furniture dealer, the internet may well be your primary source for mid-century modern staples. These tips can help you snag some hidden gems. If you’re looking for something specific, check out our deals on everything from mid century lounge chairs to Eames folding dining tables on our product page. Happy hunting!