I was recently on the hunt for something to put my TV on, instead of the coffee table it is currently sitting on. In my old house I had a built in bookshelf that I put the TV in, so I had no furniture to set it on.
When I tried out Modsy Design, see my review in a previous post, one of the furniture choices I liked was the TV stand they suggest from Pottery Barn. That is I liked it except for the price, which was $2,000. I’m not ready to drop that kind of cash on any piece of furniture right now.
I went in search of something similar to this:
I was cooped up in a hotel room so I had plenty of time to search on Wayfair, Overstock, Target, Ikea, West Elm, CB2 and more. Then I had a light bulb moment. I searched google for exactly what I wanted “aged black tv console” and “painted black Media cabinet”. When I did this some choices from Etsy popped up.
What I found when I searched on Etsy
I started searching directly on Etsy for “painted wood furniture” and so many incredible stores came up. Here’s what shocked me:
- I contacted sellers and shocker, they emailed me back within an hour. A real person who actually offered to answer any more questions and responded within minutes.
- Many of them shipped for free.
- They came back with shipping quotes to my zip code immediately. The piece I bought was expensive to ship BUT the piece itself was 60% less than the piece I wanted from Pottery Barn.
- You can find ONE OF A KIND furniture without paying one of a kind prices. These days when you search on Wayfair you can find the same pieces exactly on other web sites. It is possible to get one or two pieces that no one else can find.
How to Find Reputable Sellers and Etsy
First step put in the style of piece plus the name of the piece in the search bar when you are in home & living. For example, farmhouse table, mid-century dresser or modern coffee table.
Second, once you find a piece you like, click through to the sellers “store”. Are there lots of things for sale, which would tell you they know how to ship furniture?
Third, you should look at the seller’s reviews. I don’t recommend buying a large piece from a seller with only one or two reviews or even one or two items for sale. Go for someone who has at least 20 reviews because not everyone leaves reviews so you know this person has sold a fair number of pieces.
For example, I bought my first piece from RedheadRefinishings. I looked at her reviews and they were all amazing. She also clearly had sold a lot of furniture, not just one or two pieces.
Here are a few other sellers that I found that looked like places where I would be comfortable buying a large piece of furniture. If your style is not the same as mine try putting a keyword in front that matches what you are looking for like industrial or midcentury.
Farmhouse Style Sellers
VintageMillWerks – They have many pieces that are “farmhouse” or rustic and over 440 reviews.
ColorfulHomeDesigns – They have 132 good reviews and they’ve been on Etsy since 2012. You can also request a custom order. If you are looking for something specific you can tell them and they will try to find a similar item and refinish to your specifications.
Eclecitichomeliving – They have furniture and art (not a fan of the art) and over 126 great reviews.
Modernmidcenturyfurn – This seller has 89 good reviews and over 400 sales on Etsy of furniture since 2012.
Fishintheatticstudio – This seller has 185 good reviews.
I could go on, but I must stop shoping on Etsy and get to work. Have you bought furniture on Etsy? What was your experience like?