How to find and buy vintage garden furniture

Vintage furniture can look amazing in any garden. It’s charming, it adds a wholesome touch and it gives your outdoor space a sense of occasion...

Naturally, it’s super important that you choose the right type of furniture that’s very “you” for your garden. 

At Lazy Susan we specialise in robust aluminium patio furniture that stands up to any weather condition. But today we’re going to show you where you can find and buy vintage garden furniture that befits your home. 

Search Online 

Search Online

While some folk might baulk at the idea of searching for vintage furniture online because it takes the fun out of things a little, online shopping is a godsend if you don’t have a lot of time or access to retail shops that sell vintage goods. 

There are plenty of online marketplaces that sell high-quality vintage furniture, such as eBay and Etsy. You can apply search filters so that you’re able to find items faster, as well as alter your search according to your price range. 

A prime stumbling block with online shopping at places like eBay is that the sellers are often miles away. As such, we also suggest Facebook Marketplace, which is great for connecting local sellers with local buyers.

And while a lot of stuff that you see online might not hit the spot, there’ll be so much to scroll through that there’s every chance you’ll come across a piece that stands out to you. 

Visit Local Junk Shops 

Visit Local Junk Shops  

I love junk shops. Local junk shops are treasure troves for great deals. You’ll often find vintage goods that are available at bargain prices — including vintage outdoor furniture.

And the best thing is that many junk shop merchants are open to a bit of haggling. You could find something you love and think “hmm” at the price tag. But a bit of bartering could see the seller knock a solid 10% off the price. 

Sadly, with the rise of online shopping, there aren’t as many junk shops around as there once were. This is why I also suggest that you try car boot sales across the UK because quite often you will find some amazing vintage garden furniture here.

You can also try salvage yards, as well as antique shops, although the latter might be more of a shot-in-the-dark for outdoor tables and chairs. 

Another idea is to visit local charity shops, as you’ll sometimes find that they’re really keen to get rid of their vintage furniture for a low price. 

Ask Your Friends For Freebies

Ask Your Friends For Freebies

Sometimes, you don’t even need to buy vintage furniture!

Instead, you could ask your friends and family to see if they have any vintage garden furniture going spare that they don’t use anymore. And perhaps they could let you have it for free?

Facebook is especially a great way of finding out this kind of info. You could put the feelers out there with a status asking if anyone you know might have any vintage garden items they don’t need.

Another option when it comes to finding free stuff is to roam your local area and see if you can spot some cool vintage stuff in someone’s skip. If so, don’t be afraid of knocking on their door and inquiring if you might be able to take it off their hands. 

Go Exploring, Make a Day Of It 

Go Exploring, Make a Day Of It

While online shopping is most definitely a way of finding and buying vintage garden furniture, a lot of people prefer to be able to touch their tables and chairs (as well as sit in them) before they buy them. 

A cool thing to do might be to pick a town that you know has shops that sell vintage items, antique fairs, and car boot sales, and grab your family and make a day of it.

Why not?

This will give you enough time to do some proper exploring so that you don’t miss any shops or fairs that might sell the sort of thing you’re looking for. Indeed, it’s sometimes the case that our best purchases come at the end of a very long day hunting. If you put in the work (and promise everyone cake), you’ll get your rewards. 

Final Thoughts 

Final Thoughts 

Finding and buying vintage garden furniture doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be a lot of fun! 

However, you might also be worried about delivery, especially if you’re thinking of buying furniture online. The good news is that you can make use of delivery services that offer flexible rates for shipping your purchases across the UK.

You could, of course, pick the furniture up yourself and even make a little trip out of it. Whatever you decide to do, we at Lazy Susan wish you the best of luck and invite you to take a further look around our website.

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