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How to turn trash to treasure: Vintage and Mid Century Modern Furniture Flip

Updated: Jun 23


Have you ever seen a piece of furniture at a flea market and thought, "I could totally make that look great!"? Me too! And that's why We have started flipping furniture at the beginning of our journey . It's the perfect way to take something old and boring and turn it into something new and beautiful. But where do you find the furniture in the first place? Here are a few of our favorite places to look for furniture flipping inspiration:

Flea Markets: This is the obvious choice, but flea markets can be great places to find hidden gems. Just make sure to haggle!

Yard Sales: Yard sales are another great option for finding furniture. You might have to sift through a lot of junk, but it's worth it when you find that one perfect piece.

Craigslist: Craigslist can be a great resource for finding furniture. Just be sure to inspect the piece thoroughly before buying it, as you don't want to end up with something that's not worth your time and effort.

Facebook marketplace: Facebook marketplace is a great place to find furniture that people are trying to get rid of. You can usually find some great deals on there!

Side of the road and dumpsters: Believe it or not, you can sometimes find amazing furniture on the side of the road and even in dumpsters. If you see something interesting, be sure to stop and take a closer look!

Always inspect your furniture find before loading into your car, no need to pick up unwanted friends along the way. And once you've found your perfect piece, get to work on transforming it into something beautiful! Whether it's painting, staining, or upholstering, there are endless possibilities when it comes to furniture flipping. Just be sure to follow these expert tips for success:

- Start with a solid foundation: Before you do anything else, make sure that the piece is structurally sound and in good condition overall.

- Have fun! Don't take yourself too seriously - if something goes wrong along the way, just laugh it off and try again.

- Do your research. Before starting any major project like this one, be sure to do some research online first so that you have an idea of what to do and how much you can sell it for when you're finished.

- Be patient: Don't rush the process! Take your time and enjoy the journey. After all, that's what furniture flipping is all about.

What helped us is the knowledge of the furniture history that we learned from books and internet. It is interesting to note that vintage furniture is not a new concept. The term "vintage" has been used for centuries to describe items of value that are no longer in production. In recent years, however, vintage furniture has become increasingly popular as a way to add style and character to one's home. Antique furniture, on the other hand, refers to pieces that are at least 100 years old. While mid century modern furniture may not be as old as antique furniture, it is still highly sought after by collectors and those who appreciate its unique design aesthetic. By understanding the differences between these types of furniture, you can make informed choices about which pieces are right for your makeover.

When it comes to flipping furniture, there is no denying that the vintage and antique styles are the most profitable. Mid century modern furniture has been a hot trend for years now, and with its sleek lines and timeless aesthetic, it is a favorite among home decor enthusiasts. Another popular furniture style that continues to sell well is the Shabby chic style, which combines vintage charm with a rustic feel. Whether you choose to restore vintage or antique pieces yourself or buy affordable mass-produced pieces at flea markets or online retailers, there are many ways to profit from this trend. Of course, it is important to remember that trends come and go, so you should keep an eye on current market trends when choosing what pieces to flip. For example, patio furniture tends to be hugely popular during summertime, while cozy upholstered pieces tend to do well during the winter season. So whether you are flipping vintage dressers or distressed wood coffee tables, just remember that while browsing through endless piles of old furniture might seem daunting at first, there is sure to be a piece out there just waiting for you to give it new life!

Here are few examples of furniture flips we did in the past.



Mid Century Modern Dining Set Restored by number2project

We love a good vintage furniture makeover story, and this one is a real doozy. This amazing Mid Century Modern bedroom set was found at the Salvation Army store in Reno, NV. It was in OK condition, but we decided to give it a little TLC with some Howard Rejuvenation Oils purchased at the local Home Depot. The dresser, chest of drawers and nightstands were given a new lease on life with this simple treatment, and they turned out absolutely gorgeous! We listed them for sale on our Etsy store and they sold within days for $1800 - not bad for a $199 investment!





Arne Jacobsen is one of the most celebrated architects and designers of the mid-20th century, and his Mid Century Modern stools are among his most iconic creations. These stools were originally designed for the Arne Jacobsen-designed SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and they remain popular to this day. We were lucky enough to find a set of these stools at a local moving company in Reno, Nevada, and we quickly put them up for sale on our Etsy store. Within days, we had a buyer who was willing to pay $800 for the set of three stools - nearly 160 times what we paid for them! It just goes to show that Arne Jacobsen's timeless designs continue to be highly sought-after by collectors and interior designers alike.




Steelcase is known for making high-quality office furniture, and this desk is no exception. Despite being purchased at a Goodwill thrift store for only $10, it was able to sell for almost $1200 after a little makeover. We have decided to give the desk a brushed metal look using a grinding tool, and the result was impressive enough to warrant shipping the desk all the way to New York. Steelcase desks are clearly built to last, and with a little creative flair, they can also be quite valuable. Who knows what other hidden treasures can be found at the thrift store?




When my wife first told me about her idea to hand-paint a coffee table in the style of pop art, I have to admit that I wasn't too convinced. The comic-book style illustrations and bold colors seemed like a bit of an odd choice for our living room, but my wife was determined to give it a try. After many days spent putting pencil to paper and then painting on the surface, she had completed her hand-painted coffee table masterpiece. And what a masterpiece it was! Our friends and family were blown away by the vibrant colors and intricate design of the table, which perfectly represented one of the most iconic art movements of all time. And perhaps even more impressive than the stunning looks of the table were its practical benefits. Not only did it serve as a focal point in buyer living room for many years, but we were also able to use the sale of this one-of-a-kind piece to help pay our $640 rent at a time when money was tight. In short, this small coffee table became something truly special thanks to my wife's love for pop art and incredible handiwork skills.






Shabby chic and rustic furniture have always been popular choices for interior design, with their timeless elegance and rustic elegance. What's more, these styles lend themselves perfectly to upcycling and repurposing, meaning that you can take almost any vintage piece of furniture and turn it into a beautiful shabby chic or rustic masterpiece. One example is a coffee and dining table set that I purchased for only $30 several years ago. Despite its humble beginnings, this table quickly became a hot commodity in the rustic home decor market, selling for nearly $2000 just a days later. The incredible profits that can be made from shabby chic and rustic furniture are truly endless, making them an exciting business opportunity for anyone looking to get in on the trend. Homeowners are looking to update living room or dining room with something special, why not try out some shabby chic or rustic furniture? Your next bestsellers might just be waiting to be discovered!

If you’re looking for a business with a small footprint that can still earn you quite a bit of profit, furniture flipping is the way to go. Not only are you helping to reduce the amount of waste produced by getting furniture out of landfills and into people’s homes, but you can make a tidy profit while doing it. Who wouldn’t love that? Have you tried your hand at furniture flipping yet? If not, what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to jump in and see just how much money you can make.

Happy Hunting !!!


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