What are some good ways to find vintage floor lamps?


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Vintage floor lamps are often sold at flea markets and thrift stores, although the real finds are snapped up instantly. Online resellers curate collections of gently-used furnishings. The floor lamps should arrive in working condition. Auction sites such as eBay and sales sites such as Etsy and Craigslist sell individual second-hand floor lamps and typically offer a selection of Mid-Century Modern. Antiques shops and specialty dealers hunt down and refinish vintage floor lamps, some from specific designers and design periods.

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City magazines regularly review trendy recycle shops and list names, addresses and specialties, a time-saver for those seeking a narrow range of lamp styles. Get to know a shop owner who alerts customers when a sought-after item is available. Regular flea market dealers offer the same service.

Online sales listings with photographs require diligent monitoring for desirable lamps, and quick contact if the right piece appears. Owner-sellers typically discount the listed price for cash buyers.

Antique dealers, online and offline, guarantee quality, may have a clear provenance for the article, and sell higher-end vintage lamps, such as classic marble and chrome Arco Floor Lamps from the 1960s. Expect to pay the asking price.

Know the correct terms before shopping for a vintage floor lamp. Ruby Lane, a large vintage and antiques market, embraces a popular decor definition of "vintage" as roughly between 20 and 100 years old. However, sellers use the term interchangeably with "antique" and it might even refer to something typical of a specific era.

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