My latest Facebook Marketplace buys - as they say second hand is grand!
First up, this pair of solid wood Willis and Gambier Louis Philippe wardrobes. I’d been procrastinating over getting some wood wardrobes or going for IKEA pax built ins, so glad I waited and got these as I think they look so much more in keeping with the house. We did have a bit of drama at first when we realised we couldn’t get them upstairs but got there in the end!
I really liked my previous bedside cabinets (still have them and will utilise elsewhere) but wanted to create more storage so that clothing doesn’t need to live in multiple rooms and figured small drawer chests as bedsides would be a perfect solution. Couldn’t believe my luck at finding these, made from mahogany wood (and my god they are heavy, getting them upstairs was a task) with black sparkle granite tops.
My most recent find was the hall stand. My hallway is really quite narrow so as much as I’d love a console table it’s just not possible. Liked the idea of a hall stand being a Victorian house, but with plug sockets and radiators I struggled to find one that would fit in the space, but then this little one popped up. I think it’s possibly reproduction rather than of the period but works so well in the space. It doesn’t have hooks or a cute glove compartment, but I like the addition of a granite shelf which makes it unusual and the mirror is great for those last minute out the door checks. (Plus the walls here are ridiculous, nails simply break if you try and hang a mirror so it saves me making an utter mess!)
I really don’t understand why people turn their noses up at second hand, particularly furniture. You can find such amazing high quality pieces for not a lot of money, the wardrobes alone would have cost in the region of £2000 each new, they cost me less than 5% of the original price!
Everyone I’ve ever dealt with buying second hand pieces have been really nice and most are often grateful that the furniture is going to a new home where it will be looked after and appreciated.