Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online Finds

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Amassing a modern furniture collection on a budget used to require hundreds of man hours spent trawling yard sales. Now all it takes are the right keywords. Culled from our archives, here are seven instances of everyday design mavens who hit the online auction jackpot.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, and Pendant Lighting. In Kathryn Tyler’s finished home, a palette of wood, concrete, and painted brick forms a neutral backdrop for vintage treasures, including a $30 dining table, $3 poster, and a set of 1950s Carl Jacobs Jason chairs she snagged on eBay for $400. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online FindsView Photos

An avid furniture collector of over ten years, designer Kathryn Tyler knows a thing or two about how to design a beautiful home on a budget. She snagged this set of 1950s Carl Jacobs Jason chairs online for $400.

Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Lamps, Floor Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three works by Aumas and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes used in one of his window displays. The daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online FindsView Photos

Once it was reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat, this daybed designer Jean-Christophe Aumas found online fit right in at his flawlessly-appointed apartment in Paris.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Coffee Tables, Standard Layout Fireplace, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of agrarian minimalism. Turner reclaimed most of the timber used for the flooring as he renovated buildings in London. He thought his stockpile was big enough for the Ochre Barn, but the scale of the place defeated him. The solution, surprisingly, was eBay, turning up an old mill’s worth of boards. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online FindsView Photos

When architect Carl Turner ran out of reclaimed wood for the flooring of this converted barn in England, he looked online to make up the shortfall. Incredibly, an eBay search yielded an old mill’s worth of boards.

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Railing. At right, the family dines at a mid-century walnut table found on eBay, 

seated at a mix of new and antique 

Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online FindsView Photos

Sourcing second-hand furniture from the web can free up funds to purchase new pieces at retail price. The residents of this minimalist Brooklyn apartment dine at a handsome mid-century walnut table they found online, and sit on a mix of new and antique Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner.

The bedroom is tucked in the back of the residence and doesn’t receive a lot of natural light. The couple emphasized the coziness of the space by painting the walls in Space Black from Benjamin Moore and selecting an oversize artwork, Flotar, 2011, by Christian Curiel. The bed is a Louis XV–style reproduction, approximately from the 1950s, that Gil and DeSimio found on eBay. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online Finds modern homeView Photos

The residents of this rehabilitated duplex, also in Brooklyn, discovered their 1950s Louis XV–style bed on eBay.

Modern home with Kitchen, Ceiling Lighting, Colorful Cabinet, Medium Hardwood Floor, Metal Cabinet, Metal Counter, Range Hood, and Range. Mazza and Patten both used off-the-shelf Ikea cabinets in their kitchens. They customized them by raising them up a few inches and dropping a sink into a store-bought table, which serves as the countertop. The pair is thrilled with the results. Even the architects they hired to work at the deli from Grupo 7 were impressed: “They said, ‘These cabinets are insane. How do we get them?’” Mazza recalls. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online FindsView Photos

Even ignoring the aesthetic merits of this backsplash's tiles (look how subtly they blend in with the stainless steel appliances!), at $2-per-square-foot online, they were the smart choice.

The kitchen is one of the most unified spaces in the house, thanks to the appliances. “Within a week of each other, we found the 1949 GE stove on E-Bay that matched the fridge,” says Miller. “They were the same model of appliances that were used in the exhibition house; they matched the pictures exactly. The owner even had the original instruction booklet and the appliances were in pristine condition. It was an amazing discovery.” Photo by Diana Budds. Photo  of Winning Bids: 7 Unbelievable Online Finds modern homeView Photos

It was destined to be. Less than a week after scoring a streamlined midcentury refrigerator, the residents of this modest New York home found a matching 1949 GE stove online.

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