The Best Second-Hand Furniture: Where and What to Buy
  • HOME

The Best Second-Hand Furniture: Where and What to Buy

The vintage renaissance has arrived

Gone are the days of scouring dusty antiques rooms… apps and websites like Narchie and Retrouvius are providing Depop-like access to second-hand gems. Our favourite interiors influencers give their expertise on where to find the best second-hand furniture to give your rooms a vintage makeover – with a little help from our favourite interiors influencers.

The Best Second-Hand Furniture: Interior Experts on Where and What to Buy

Paula Sutton: How to Create the Perfect Second-Hand Dining Room

Paula Sutton smiling and sitting on sofa, leaning against edge of sofa

Even for the most humble of meals, I love to set an interesting tablescape. I’m always falling in love with different sets of dining chairs, and mismatching wine glasses add a joyful touch of carnival-style colour. I have always harboured dreams of long dining tables filled with happy and entertaining guests… This antique Victorian example is the perfect shape and style to live out all of those magnificent banquet fantasies. @hillhousevintage


pair of antique buckle back dining chairs

Pair of antique buckleback chairs, £1,375.

mahogany victorian dining table

Mahogany extending dining table, £1,925.

Set of six crystal wine glasses with pink handles

Set of six crystal wine glasses, £130. Find similar at

white vintage Ironstone tureen,

Vintage Ironstone tureen, £67.50.

Charlie Porter: How to Create the Perfect Second-Hand the Living Room

Charlie Porter headshot smiling

© Jay Rowden

I recently moved into a house and realised that I’ve been rather pathetic with wall colours – they’re all white. I think this is because I hope the pieces I add pack all the punch you need. That yellow from the Retrouvius armchair is jaw-droppingly beautiful, not to mention those colours in the French Abstract painting from Ancien et Jolie – just up my street.


Surrealist French abstract by Dominique Rossi coloured shapes

Surrealist French abstract by Dominique Rossi, £575. Find similar at

striped vintage berber moroccan kilim rug

Vintage Berber kilim, £400. Find similar at

louis xvi style green velvet three seater sofa

French Louis XVI-style sofa, £1,650. Find similar at


Edwardian armchair in crushed yellow velvetEdwardian armchair in crushed velvet, £1,450.

Grant Pierrus on How to Create the Perfect Second-Hand Bedroom

Grant Pierrus headshot

The bedroom is the perfect place to add organic lines with a wonderful 1970s vase from Foggia, while Haines collection fabric from the 80s injects abstract pattern for a retro-inspired effect. Statement lines also create a powerful impact – take this 1959 Afra & Tobia Scarpa bed, for example. And then I like using a wide table for the bedside, with this Karl Springer telephone table. @grantpierrus


haines collection vintage artwork abstract print

Vintage Inspired Abstract Print, £35.

bertoncello ceramic vase top vintage

Bertoncello ceramic vase, £220.

karl springer telephone table

Karl Springer telephone table, £4,723.15.

bobbin wooden candlestick

Bobby candlestick, £40. Find similar at

red vintage frame bed from the peanut vendor

1959 Afra & Tobia Scarpa ‘Vanessa’ bed for Gavina, £1,495. Find similar at


The Guide to Sustainable Interior DesignSecond-Hand September: Shopping Tips From An Expert Reloved by Le Petit Planet Helps Families Find Beautiful Second-hand Buys