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Chairish: some of my favorites right now

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It has been very clearly known for years that I love pretty things, and not only do I love them, I have seemed to make a career out of them. Granted, I don’t sit around all day like you see above and just move one pretty thing from one shelf to another but, one of the great benefits of being a stylist and designer is that I get to research and hunt out those pretty things for my clients. For years that meant going to a thrift store in the deep valley, scouring through endless pages of junk on eBay, or heading to the flea market on a blissfully hot summer Sunday (all of which I still do, and LOVE). But, there are some of you out there that would love access to beautiful things that don’t have the ability to spend hours searching. This is where Chairish comes in. I have professed my love for their website and App before while working on projects and I am constantly finding myself inspired by some of the treasures that they have in their collection.

For those of you that haven’t heard about Chairish before, it is a simple concept – think craigslist, but classier and more well refined. A little less Kim K. and a little more Kate Blanchett. In order for a product to be on Chairish it has to be approved by their staff. They weed through half the junk that some people think are “treasures”. Don’t get me wrong, your grandma’s old floral couch that has sat untouched in your basement might be the next greatest thing, but it could also be just an old couch that should be tossed. Chairish makes those hard decisions for us, and curates a comprehensive collection of goods for all of our inner hoarders. They offer shipping services and make it very easy to not only buy, but sell your goods.

I did a little digging of my own and wanted to share some of my favorite picks with you. Twelve of which are pictured below for your hoarding pleasure.

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1. Mid Century Accent Table

It is simple, clean, and architectural. Glass isn’t the most practical surface for me with a young toddler running around which is why I haven’t swooped this piece up yet, but that base has a weird arts and crafts vibe to it which I love.

2. Vintage Moroccan Rug

I love these nutty colors, as does most of the world right now. Somebody better grab this guy.

3. Brass Etagere

This piece is killer for two reasons. 1.) it is brass, and 2.) it is functional. The lines are interesting without being so crazy that you’re going to get sick of it in a year, but it is also different enough that it is a statement piece. You could use this in an office, a living room, a bedroom to throw your TV on that middle shelf, or even in a kids room. If all else fails and your husband yells at you for buying another piece of furniture just use it to store all your other hoards.

4. Popsicle Stick Lamps

I have a soft spot in my heart for folk art – especially popsicle stick folk art. Do you think that back in the day people actually ate the popsicles before they made these? This one was even signed by the person that made it in the 70’s. This is a crazy good price for these two lamps and would look seriously good in my living room.

5. Mid-Century Modern Dresser

One could argue that this is a little bit pricy for a dresser. But, it’s solid wood, beautiful in design, and in such great condition. If you went out to any showroom looking for a piece similar, you would pay at least double.

6. Danish Modern Armchair

It’s simple, understated, classic, and curves in all the right places. Just like Meryl.

7. Slat Bench

Throw this bench at the foot of your bed, in your entry way, or even use it as a coffee table for your sectional. It’s completely useable in any space, and has some great lines.

8. Brass and Wood Mail Organizer

If I had a dollar for every piece of mail that I got in my life that then went into a big unorganized mess, I would have enough money to buy the USPS and outlaw the mailing of all bills. I find that when I have the right tools to keep me organized, then I actually stay organized-ish. Good desk accessories are hard to come by and if you don’t buy this soon then I will because as I type I can see a pile of mail that is just waiting for a good home.

9. Pottery Set

My affinity for pottery will always stay strong. It’s a great set that is neutral enough to work with any color palate and I mean who doesn’t need more hand turned pottery in their life.

10. Mid-Century Club Chair

The upholstery, the lines, and the color of this chair are what stand out for me. Use it in a reading nook, a family room, or anywhere else you need a place to sit after a long hard day of thrifting (or shopping on Chairish)

11. Leather Sofa

This piece oozes style and coolness. I can guarantee that if you have this sofa in your living room, you will have a lot more friends in your life. Or maybe it’s just me. You can count on me being your friend if you invite me over and this is where I get to sit.

12. Hexagon Box Set

Once again function meets form. You could stuff so many great treasures in these individual hexagon boxes and get your life organized. After all it is spring which means its time to declutter and reorganize. Maybe this is just the piece you need to get your life in gear (side note: a vintage piece will decidedly NOT help you get your life in order.)

Those are my personal pics plus I’ve curated a whole page of others you can see here.  Chairish has plenty of vintage or used pieces to offer, and they are selling hundreds of new pieces everyday. Go get ’em.

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  1. So awesome! I didn’t know this existed. Are you able to search by region to see if you can get free local pickup? I’m exploring the website on my mobile. Thanks Emily, you are my hero! Reading your blog is like taking a very humorous and informative design class. You’re the best!

    1. Hi Emily! You can certainly search by region. If you go onto the home page and select the “Featured” tab, a drop down menu of regions will pop up. Happy shopping!
      XOXO

      1. Yay! Thanks so much!

  2. I’m curious what people think about the prices on this site? I know prices at thrift stores, antique shops, and flee markets vary quite a bit by region. I live in an area where I can pick up a lot of these types of things for a couple dollars. I have a friend who loves to thrift here and then sell it for a profit when she gets back to Arizona. I might have to start selling some of my treasures on this site! The collection is amazing!

  3. #1. That shelf looks seriously dangerous. OMG I’m worried about your safety!

    #2. I also am a crazy thrifter and have a hard time not taking home all the amazing things I find, but the look of “what are you going to do with that” on my husband’s face always pops into my head and I can reluctantly leave some of them behind.

    #3. Love your picks on Chairish. I have to check it out.

  4. OMG. I alllllmost bought that couch on CL for a fraction of that price. I was just si scared of the condition. Is this something you would restore, or live with as is, Emily?

  5. Love that pottery set. I have a pottery coffee mug, and it’s honestly one of my favorites. Probably because it was made locally, and I know the store behind the cup. But I think that’s the same with all pottery – it can’t be mass produced, and you know there was thought and effort put into every piece you pick up.

    Best,
    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  6. Oh my hell! I am kicking myself so hard right now! I HAD a chair and ottoman that matched that couch. (Not that one should ever match their couch and chairs…please, I know some things.) I always thought they had to be worth something, but got lazy and ended up selling them for like $40 at a yard sale last year. LAME. I know you are wondering why I would even sell them in the first place. I didn’t find it very comfortable. It seemed to push my head forward which made me paranoid that I was causing my already old lady hunchback to grow at a more rapid pace. (I’m 38, but it is coming. Urghh.) Plus, I’m kind of a chair hoarder and I have 4 other MCM chairs in my living space that make me happier than that one. Which is mostly just me trying to rationalize my mistake instead of regretting it. Yeah…it’s not working.

  7. I was reeeeally hoping I would see you included my Lane Brutalist side table currently listed on Chairish on your list. 😉 that would have totally made my day! Those are all great pieces and I love browsing Chairish!

  8. Is it me or do the shelving units you put up in your office have some unusual propagation ability?

  9. Thanks for sharing. I love the Danish Modern Armchair. If only I live in LA because to ship it, is a little too much (more like a lot). 🙁

  10. This post reminded me that you haven’t done a craigslist post lately. I loved those!! Please bring it back.

  11. That dresser hurts me because it is not in my home.

  12. Amy I also think the prices on Chairish appear to be quite high. While many of the items say “make an offer” the asking price seems very pricey and not even approachable. I too have seem many of these items MUCH cheaper.

  13. I find the Chairish site pricey as well.

  14. “Em”…I want to live in this place! Think how glorious it would be to wake up every morning and have your eyes land on something pretty! You find the best places ever, this is my “ideal” store for gettin’ me what I need. Too bad it’s so far away from me, I can only dream. Thanks for sharing “Chairish”. (love the name)

  15. Ahh. you picked one of my chairish treasures! Made my day 🙂
    xxxx

  16. Considering the prices, it’s interesting to see what sold and what didn’t after a couple of weeks. It looks like the Moroccan rug, the pottery set, and the hexagon say sold, some things say “no longer available” (so unlisted and/or sold through other avenues?), and several things are still there. It looks like the #10 chair and the couch came down in price. Although $1500 for the couch is still too high. It’s cool, but the condition of the leather has gone beyond “character” and straight into “crusty” (not even putting it on a white background can hide that). I love vintage, but I’m still a practical person and know that used is used… So if I’m going to have to sink money into reviving something, it’d better be at a discount! A nice curation on this site, though.