Thanks to my extraordinarily thrifty, salesman-by-day-builder/furniture-maker-by-night father, I grew up being a furniture snob on a budget. Prior to opening my own design business (and getting access to all those lovely wholesale and trade prices), the only way I could afford my snobby champagne taste on my beer budget was to shop Craigslist, auctions, and upscale consignment furniture stores.
I’m still a furniture snob on a budget. I like furniture that lasts — I want my wood furniture to be made of wood, not MDF, and I like my sofa to have spring down cushions and a hardwood, kiln-dried frame with 8-way, hand-tied suspension and mortise and tenon joints. And even with my trade discounts, I still shop upscale furniture consignment.
(“Upscale” is the operative word here. Here in New Hampshire, about 1.25 hours from the Boston Metro area, there are plenty of “vintage” consignment places, but not so many upscale ones.)
So, a few years ago (in 2013 to be exact, and one year after we bought this house), I was thrilled beyond belief with the launch of Viyet, an online designer furniture consignment portal. Some items have some wear and tear, and some are in showroom condition. Prices go down as a product goes unsold, and it has a “final call” area I love. You can also “make an offer,” just like on eBay or Chairish.
If you’re a savvy shopper, you’ve probably found Viyet by now. If not, you’re welcome!
Beyond the usual time-oriented markdowns, Viyet doesn’t usually have sales, per se. But this weekend, it is offering 20% off already marked down items with the code LABORDAY.
You can check out the link for the entire sale (like on 5,000+ items, yikes!) but I’ve chosen some lighting, seating, and casegoods here that I think are *serious* deals, even compared to wholesale, and that are listed under $1,000 to begin with, before the Labor Day discount.
The small pics in my little round up don’t do many of these pieces justice, but I didn’t want to inundate you with bigger pictures! So click to get your closeup if you’re at all curious. Listed prices below. Make an offer and add your Labor Day discount and … Woohoo!
1. Serena & Lily Blown Glass Chandelier $970
2. Thomas O’Brien 4 Light Chandelier $305
3. Antiqued Brass Pendant $520
4. Hudson Valley Dayton 9 Light Chandelier $920
5. Vintage Alabaster Lamps $465
6. Thomas O’Brien Hicks Wall Lamps $345
7. E.F. Chapman Alderly Flush Mount (6 available) $205
8. Thomas O’Brien Gale XL Pendant (2 available) $450
9. Gold Pollock Chandelier $450
11. Mr. Brown London Dawson Chandelier $755
Now for seating. This is where it gets really sick … sick in a good way! Almost all these are showroom samples, and there are a lot of Duralee chairs and ottomans. Duralee, a huge fabric and upholstery house, was recently acquired by Robert Allen, another huge fabric and upholstery house, to make an enormous Robert Allen Duralee Group. I think that Duralee is unloading some things that have only the Duralee brand, but that’s just a guess.
Most of these pieces are in neutral fabrics, so accessorize with pillows or a throw!
1. Sam Moore Upholstered Bar Stools $985
2. Hickory Chair Slipper Chair $720
3. Hickory Chair Klismos Chair $925
4. Hickory Chair Round Tufted Ottoman $900
5. Custom Slipper Chair with Trim $810
7. Duralee Rockford Chair $500
8. Duralee Conrad Exposed Birch Chair $500
9. Wesley Hall Ottoman #77 $615
10. Maison 55 Tweed Tufted Chair $615
11. Niermann Weeks Regence Outdoor Chairs with Sunbrella Fabric $900
12. McGuire Arche Type Outdoor Arm Chairs $720
13. Holland & Sherry Barrel Chaise $675
14. Duralee Jameson Floral Chair $700
15. Two Worlds Art Painted Hall Chairs $575
16. Duralee Dianne Skirted Arm Chair $500
17. Duralee Hanover Chair & Ottoman $600
18. Madeline Stuart Greek Key Ottoman (2 available) $870
19. Duralee Maurice Skirted Chair $450
20. Gina Bernschneider Mohair Ottoman $450
21. Duralee Kristina Bench $500
Next up, casegoods! I’ve only chosen from those that are in nearly new or showroom condition (excepting vintage).
1. Kravet Turtle Cay Etagere (6 available) $620
2. Cal Mode Mid-Century Walnut Dresser $990
3. Traditional Inlaid Spiral End Table $840
4. McGuire Copper Cloisonné Table $450
5. Swaim Champaigne Leaf Accent Table $675
6. Hickory Chair Ceylon M2M Side Table $845
7. Antique Blue Chest of Drawers (love the escutcheons on this!) $805
8. Two Worlds Arts Painted Bookcase (2 available) $900
9. Maison 55 Faux Shagreen Lexi Tray Coffee Table $720
10. Henredon Demilune Console $800
11. Andrew Martin Augustine Lucite Cocktail Table $900
12. Donghia Essence Lacquered End Tables $850
13. Chelsea Textiles Gustavian Curved Bureau $720
There’s a ton of art, rugs, and decor items available as well. Have fun, and let me know if you grab anything! Happy Labor Day Weekend!
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