Are You Shopping for Furniture on Instagram? Here Are 15 Vintage Sellers to Follow
Antique shopping is easier than it used to be. Instead of chancing it at the handful of second-hand stores and pricey storefronts that just happen to be located in the vicinity of your neighbourhood, these days you can hit "Follow" on Instagram and, all of a sudden, a whole new world of vintage furniture is at your fingertips.
Shopping on Instagram widens what's available to you, but it also requires patience and quick thinking. On trend, highly coveted items – such as a real Danish Caprani lamp or a '60s-era Italian travertine table – tend to get snapped up within literal minutes of them hitting the feed.
Here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind:
1. Know your budget at all times – this will help instantly rule out anything that's out of reach. Don't forget about shipping costs. If the seller is interstate or overseas, you could end up paying as much for shipping as the item itself.
2. Only comment "SOLD" or DM the seller saying you want to buy if you actually intend on following through. If what you mean is "I love this but I'm not sure if I can afford it or if it will suit my home décor", message a friend instead. It's easier for sellers to do their job when their followers adopt a "serious offers only" mindset.
3. Keep an eye on when your favourite sellers upload new inventory and make a mental note (or, if you're really serious, set a reminder on your phone. At the very least, turn your notifications on!).
It's also important to do your own research into the reputation and legitimacy of each seller, particularly if you're in the market for true antiques (as opposed to retro furniture).
When it comes to who to follow, you could simply choose one to follow and let Instagram do the rest of the work for you (the app will instantly suggest similar accounts). Or you can go digging around for less popular accounts – when it comes to vintage furniture sellers on Instagram, less followers doesn't necessarily mean poorer quality or fewer products, rather the store owners might just not be very internet savvy, or they do most of their business in a physical storefront. Most of all, you want to find accounts that align with your personal taste.
Here are our favourite vintage furniture sellers on Instagram.
Run by Pip Newell, Curated Spaces is the result of hours spent trawling through Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and eBay. Vintage shopping is nothing if not time consuming, and Pip knows how to use that time productively so you don't have to. She also works with curators across Australia, which means her offering is oftentimes the very best of the best.
Out of Melbourne, Goodspace offers unique sofas, quality mid-century finds, and the occasional inspo pic to get your vintage furniture juices flowing. Items arrive daily, so be sure you give this account lots of love to ensure they feature prominently in your feed.
This is the account to follow if you're looking for unique tabletop items, from lamps and vases to catch-alls and trays. Sourced by Sydney-based Manuela Leigh, each drop on this account currently donates a share of its profit to charity.
The special pieces at PlayGround are sourced from all over the world by Melbourne-based Georgia Smedley, and are not only incredibly special but also beautifully photographed. This is one of the best accounts right now combining inspiration posts with items for sale.
Old Goldl Trading Co. offers a solid range of unique and on-trend vintage furniture. The other big selling point of this relatively new Sydney-based account is the clean, consistent photography and lighthearted tone of voice in the captions. This is one definitely worth the follow, even if you're not ready to make a purchase just yet.
For quality mid-century antiques and beautiful photography, CCSS is the account to follow. Items posted on their account usually contain all of the information you want (measurements, condition, period and price), which makes the buying process that much simpler.
Operating in Brisbane and Sydney, Sauc.d is the place to go for on-trend items. Think shell accessories, travertine tables, stone plinths, and mid-century chairs. It's likely you'll want one of everything.
This Kiwi seller has impeccable taste and all the best trending pieces (pleated lamps, Eames chairs) and, over on his personal account, the best green velvet sofa we've ever seen (sadly, not for sale).
Based in the UK, this account operates across Instagram and Gumtree, specialising in retro and mid-century finds that would blend perfectly in a bricolage-led home.
On trend with a twist: this Melbourne-based seller has an eye for unique period pieces and striking colours. The photography and props styling alone will inspire you.
Colette Harris and James Dunnet run Brisbane-based Rewind Mid-Century, offering a refined selection of vintage furniture, lampshades and restoration services.
While Ukitu is temporarily closed, but we're including it on this list because once they're back up and running you're going to want it in your feed. The Sydney-based seller nails the airy Meditterranean aesthetic, offering truly unique, must-have vintage finds as well as top notch inspiration images.
Sellers who stick to a schedule make it just that much easier to shop for vintage furniture on Instagram. This Melbourne-based account uploads new items every Monday at 8pm and is the place to go for on-trend pieces that will elevate your home interior.
Authentic Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs will set you back at least a thousand AUD new, or a couple of hundred pre-loved. This account specialises in restoring what appears to be a range of authentic and replica Cesca chairs, using spare parts sourced from warehouses and elsewhere, so hit follow if you're looking for your own set.
Based out of Melbourne, this relatively small account specialises in restoring 20th century furniture by commission and from deceased estates. Everything's photographed outside, which means the detail of each item is easy to see. Follow if you're dead serious about building your collection.