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My name is Lucy and I am a second hand furniture addict.
Obviously, with my passion for interiors you’d expect me to enjoy buying things for my house. But the addiction to acquiring second hand furniture is real.
The problem? I love hunting for vintage furniture. It’s absolutely my drug. A rush of warm, excited energy travels through me as my scrolling is halted by a beautiful piece of furniture. My stomach does a little flip, is it still available? Surely someone has spotted this? Quickly I message to seller to find out…
The thought of being able to nab such a prize really thrills me. Especially if it’s something I know is a collectable vintage or antique piece. Like that time I found an immaculate collectable Ercol for £10! I missed out on that one though as he told his wife he had sold it and she hit the roof, haha!
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The only slight issue is I don’t always need more second hand furniture. In fact quite often I don’t have a place to put it, but struggle to let it pass me by. I’m working on it…
But truth be told, I’ve actually picked up some quite extraordinary bargains over the last year.
Mid century modern sideboard
First there was the mid century modern teak sideboard by Beautility. A rare find, I nearly died on the spot and couldn’t type to the seller fast enough! This one has already made it’s way through my shop and has a happy new home.
Super King sleigh bed
Then there is my super king size sleigh bed which is the greatest bed ever (fact) and a total bargain at £200. I added a lick of Farrow and Ball Blackened and it stands as the centre piece of my bedroom. Everyone comments on it and I adore it. You’d be looking to pay quite a bit more for a new wooden sleigh bed by the looks of it.
1970’s Plan chest
I managed to grab a set of 1970’s Architects drawers from the local council who were having a clear out. They looked pretty battered but as they were made of teak, all that was required was a quick sand and a rub with coconut oil. Ta da! Back to looking as good as new.
1960’s Vintage oak desk
My latest addition is a 1960’s vintage oak desk. It’s a stunning find, solid as an ox with beautiful brass handles.
Then there is my daughters antique sleigh bed, my gorgeous Kilim rug, a Mule chest, pretty Peacock chair…
Right now I’m on a spending ban. No more second hand furniture for us… but I can’t help thinking I’ve got a talent for spotting beautiful vintage furniture. There must be a way to harness my superpower, right?