Consider this your invite into our online world. Hopefully we can save you from the explore-page vortex by doing the endless scrolling (sorry, we mean thorough research) for you.
We kicked this series off by showing you where to find the best luxury vintage handbags, followed by a preloved outfit to match. Now that we’ve given your closet second-hand style guidance, it’s time to upgrade the rest of the house.
Purchasing used furniture is not a new trend. It’s often cheaper than buying from a retailer and, thanks to the rise in online platforms like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, it’s more accessible and convenient than ever. But haggling with sellers over private message and trawling through pages of local listings in search of treasure amid half-broken Ikea bookshelves can be tiring. So we’re giving you some fresher online options. From mid-century modern to Michael Taylor’s signature “California look”, these online second-hand furniture accounts have quality one-off pieces to transform your interior into a vintage haven.
Full disclosure: we discovered My Verona because it’s run by RIISE’s very talented brand curator Sarah Cousens. She has a background in interiors and set design, and currently works hard to make our website look amazing – so we wholeheartedly trust her ability to curate tasteful home decor.
Cousens launched her Sydney-based second-hand store in 2020 after the pandemic crushed plans to move to New York City and start a furniture-related business. Her love for 20th-century design pieces and anything from the Bauhaus and modernist movements is evident in My Verona’s curated offering. We’ve fallen particularly hard for this Rosso Levanto Italian marble dining table and these truly incredible 80s timber sling lounge chairs.
There’s plenty of inspiration to be found when scrolling Goodspace’s website and Instagram – and in the business’s very wholesome origin story. It was founded by single mums Stephanie Lane and Holly Thompson, who met on Instagram and then decided to move with their respective children into a share house. A few months after making the unconventional (but highly admirable) co-living decision, Lane and Thompson started running Goodspace, a second-hand furniture business, full-time together. If you’re on the hunt for mid-century vintage pieces (which, let’s be honest, just about everyone is), then this is the place to shop. You’ll find things like mid-century sideboards and velvet sofas (that team perfectly with these chequerboard rugs), dining chair sets, beds and classic 70s leather pieces.
Nadia Bester didn’t set out to start a second-hand store – she just liked collecting vintage pottery. But her natural talent for finding charming homewares, combined with more downtime in 2020, eventually birthed a business (a beautiful one at that). There’s an elegant, refined quality to the products listed on goöey: fossil stone and travertine tables, beautiful mirrors and some seriously stunning floor lamps. Perfect for minimalists who love their interiors complemented by a natural stone look.
Vintage furniture and homewares for a “saucy, sustainable home”? Sounds right up our alley. Sauc.d has dipped its toes in all the preloved pools we love: fossil stone, velvet, more velvet, leather you can’t look away from and sling back sofas (including one in “soft salmon” that will live in our minds for a very long time). For people who feel they were born into the wrong era, this account has everything to ensure your interior space is a nostalgic nod to the past.
Based in Sydney, design store Danu captures the beauty of used furniture shopping: these are pieces you really can’t imagine finding (or even seeing) anywhere else. Like this striped antique bench, or this hand-carved African chair. If you’re digging the current revival of things like mushroom lamps and entertainer bar carts, then be sure to hit refresh on its feed frequently.
Travertine (a form of limestone) is one of the top home-decor trends for 2021. When you scroll through a store like Casa Luma, filled with natural stone tabletops, decorative accessories and furnishings, it’s easy to see why. These are the kind of understated pieces that, although neutral, bring warmth and style into any space. Fossil stone and travertine are also incredibly versatile materials, creating pieces that work well as eye-catching standalone features or as a subtle accessory to a bedroom or lounge area.
The Dutch have always had a way of fusing function, minimalism and beauty, and Amsterdam-based vintage store 8am Studio certainly delivers on all these things. Its retro pieces also capture the experimental side of interior design that has become synonymous with this corner of Europe, like these iconic Ekstrem chairs or this Wiggle side chair designed by Frank Gehry in the 1970s. The fact that 8am Studio is far from where we call home has not stopped us mentally carving out a space in the office for this three-seat sofa designed by Michel Ducaroy either.
We’re pretty open about our aversion to plastic, but, if there’s one reason to accept it, it’s when it’s being rescued from landfill and given a longer life. Enter Not Only Pizza, the Italian online store specialising in vintage plastic objects collection. Though this is a pretty niche interior aesthetic, there’s undeniable practicality to the unconventional items listed (and, at the very least, you’ll leave this page intrigued). There are gems to be found if you want to add a simple statement to your home office, or perhaps a new accessory to your bedside table. And it ships worldwide!
It’s 2021 and who knew we’d be sitting here getting this excited about second-hand chairs? French store Hobyze is partly to blame, boasting an imaginative knack for creative styling and quality photography. It frequently places antique pieces against unexpected backdrops (e.g. this chrome chair against a Parisian street, or this Louis Paolozzi dining chair positioned in the middle of an empty road), giving buyers a whole new perspective (and appreciation) for preloved furniture. Of course, Hobyze offers more than just second-hand pieces to plant your backside on – you’ll also find sought-after 20th-century pieces like cabinets, tables and intricate accessories.
Future Goods is a haven for used furniture lovers who are partial to rattan and cane furniture. Somehow, founder Alicia Beauchamp Scott has tapped into a seemingly endless supply of the stuff, finding everything from striking desks to impressive daybeds. This store isn’t short of antique set pieces for the lounge or dining room either, and it certainly hasn’t forgotten the need for homewares when second-hand interior shopping, with a beautiful range of vases and lamps also available.
When we knock off for the day, there’s one place we want to be: horizontal, on a comfortable couch. Mood Objects’ range does well to facilitate this, in an antiquated and stylish fashion. Seriously, look at this block modular masterpiece or this serpentine sofa and tell us you can’t picture putting in some solid hours on these. Mood Objects also shows customers how to style these pieces with other popular second-hand finds, like the travertine tables we haven’t stopped going on about, or a timeless marble coffee table. Also, let’s be very frank: we absolutely need one of these phenomenal solid onyx plinths.