Most Popular Vintage Items for the Home
Google images, eBay “solds” and Pinterest boards are a few ways antiques dealer Danavee Long learns the market value of collectibles. Lately, midcentury modern furniture, bohemian furniture and midcentury dishes are the highly collectible trends.
Midcentury Modern to Bohemian Furniture
Nostalgia for the ’60s and ’70s—“think Grandma and Grandpa’s living room”—has collectors mixing sleek midcentury modern furniture with bohemian cane and rattan accent pieces. Furniture that could have come straight out of a The Brady Bunch set is especially popular: “The TV console, the long couch, the really long coffee table—all of that is now fetching hundreds of dollars, depending on the maker,” she says.
After unwittingly scoring four Milo Baughman designer chairs for $100 at a Springfield flea market, Long flipped them to a Detroit dealer for $900 then saw them go for $4,000 on the internet. That said, even a mass-produced Broyhill “Brasilia” bedroom set from the ’60s could easily sell for more than $1,000, says Long. Even ’60s and ’70s candlesticks, Dansk metal or teakwood and metal, now command a couple of hundred dollars. Bohemian cane or rattan furniture is also in demand: Tagged for $29.95 at her The Vintage Peddler booth is a bentwood and caned “footstool or plant stand! You choose!” Long says on her This Vintage Grove Facebook page.
Not all collectors have the cash to recreate the bedrooms and living rooms of yesteryear, but here’s the good news: “Grandma’s kitchen is hot,” Long says, and popular Fire-King and Pyrex dishes often sell for $20 apiece or less. Martha Stewart “made the Jadeite color explode” in the 1990s and early 2000s; Long offers Fire-King’s Peach Lustre dishes. Early Pyrex is also still a bestseller in similar soft shades of turquoise and pink (or “gooseberry”). While a “rainbow set” of four Pyrex mixing bowls recently sold for $100, Long says collectors can purchase individual dishes for much less. Look for Pyrex that retains a glossy finish, then wash it properly, she admonishes, shaking a finger: “Don’t put it in the dishwasher, people—it ruins it.”