Welcome back to our little series on how to find thrifted furniture! So many people have asked me how I find such nice pieces and I thought this would best be addressed in a series of posts on what I do to find nice stuff. Honestly, it has been slim pickins’ lately for me so I sure hope it picks up, but for now, these are the sources that have always worked for me. Last week, I spoke about one of my first sources for furniture – friends and family. Never underestimate those whom you love! Tonight I want to discuss another great source of furniture – business acquaintances /networking. These are the people you have met and come into contact with via the pursuit of your hobby. This may include shop owners, those that work alongside you at craft fairs, and other shop/business owners. For me, it is a group of guys I met after purchasing some furniture from them. Turns out they hit the auction circuit quite often to buy pieces to resell to people like me. They have been a great contact and have been very helpful and kind to me as well. They know what I like and have contacted me when they have either returned from or are heading to an auction. They have been great contacts … I received this piece from them:
This is only one of many finds from my contacts. I also have relationships with those at the thrift store. I don’t think they know exactly what I do with the furniture I purchase, but they know what I am looking for. I think when I come in they must say to themselves – “There is that crazy furniture lady again.”
I can almost hear them saying that.
The same relationships can be made with those working at antique shops and even your local Home Depot guy. Yes, I know the Home Depot paint guy. He is quite helpful when it is time to get paint as well as find some cheap boo-boo paints.
Connecting with those that work in the community serves to be a great way to find pieces for sale as they can show you what they may have for sale or direct you to others in their realm of influence. I recommend striking up a conversation with them so they can get to know you and what you are looking for.
Business cards are very helpful for this reason.
Make it known who you are and what you do.
Trust me, tow things are for sure…people always want to make money and people always have stuff to unload.
It’s a win-win situation.
Just to motivate you a little further, here is another piece I purchased from my auction dudes:
Network baby, network.
You won’t be sorry.