As a general rule furniture built pre 80’s is better built and had more style. You can find true
bagains at thrift stores if you know what to look for. Be careful of the price especially if the
piece needs to be repaired, refinished or reupholstered. This can add to the overall price of
the piece.

If the piece does need work snap a picture and send it to your local repair shop for an
estimate. This will give you some negotiating room. For instance you don’t want to spend
$500 for a sofa that needs to be reupholstered and find out later it will cost $1800 to restore it.
Often those vintage sofas need the springs retied, joints reglued and all new padding and
fabric. This can be costly.

On the other hand a master craftsman can take a vintage sofa and restore it, maybe even
update it, add all new padding according to your comfort level and cover it with a modern
fabric to give you a stylish and unique piece of furniture.
Wabi-sabi---the art of finding beauty in things humble, imperfect and aged
Ladd Upholstery Designs
Serving Gainesville, High Springs and Lake City Fl
Is It A Good Idea To Buy Thrift Store Furniture?
Edwin Northuis, Owner of Ladd Upholstery Designs for over 30 years.
For free estimates

Gainesville & High Springs 386-454-2082
Lake City 386-752-8492