How are prices for vintage mid century furniture, lighting and accessories where you live?

Sept. 29, 2011: I herewith doth declare that as of today, prices on ebay for mid century modern treasures (or not) have crossed over into insanity. I had to work too hard to find these 10 items for you, my lovelies. Too many sellers being influenced by 1st Dibs, maybe, or by the rollicking popularity of mid century design style? I don’t know who is going to buy this stuff at the BIN priced being listed.

What about where you live, readers?
Are prices for mid mod high — or low?
Is stuff plentiful — or rare? What’s going on?

Where I live, there’s plenty. It’s still plenty cheap. And I think there’s much more yet to come out of original owner homes. On the other hand, I was talking to a friend who lives in New York City yesterday — she said it’s slim pickin’s for mid mod down there — everything gets snapped up. I don’t sell anything on ebay — I hoard all my vintage delights. But maybe with the frenzy seemingly under way, I will have to start playing the market. Baby needs a new pair of shoes. (NOS vintage, preferably.)

  1. Hi everyone from Toronto, Canada! I thought I’d report on Canada, since no Canadians (to my knowledge) have added to the comments. Toronto MCM prices suffer from NYC syndrome, especially in the downtown area. One exception is a great Toronto shop called GUFF that sells at reasonable prices, but stuff there moves lightning fast. Ottawa, the capitol city, has a great warehouse store called FunkyFurniture. Montreal was a hip bohemian city with a European vibe in the ’60s and ’70s, and the MCM there reflects that. A lot of the MCM there was once cutting edge Euro Modernism, so it’s a go-to spot for space age Jetsons style. Folks here use KIJIJI, a local Craigslist-like website, to buy and sell MCM. I ‘ve found some of my furniture this way, but also missed out on some great stuff.
    Overall, Goodwill and Value Village prices in the suburbs in Canada are still reasonable, but rising. The MCM here is different because “name” MCM American brands like HeyWake, Broyhill, St. Charles, Lightolier etc., etc, were not manufactured here. Danish Modern was HUGE in Canada in the 60s and 70s, because lots of people from Europe settled here. I guess they liked its clean lines and quality materials, like teak and rosewood. My parents (and everyone else in Canada) bought their furniture from two major department stores-the now defunct Eaton’s and its competitor Simpson’s.
    The lack of American-made goods means that MCM lovers here look
    for Canadian design. A notable example is the iconic Clairtone
    G and G2 h-ifi stereo, featured in movies like The Graduate and in Playboy. (Story idea, Pam?). It epitomises MCM bachelor pad cool. Frank Sinatra had one. It retailed for 1000 dollars then, a lot of money. It’s rumored to be appearing on Mad Men.

    I recently went to an estate sale, where a G2 was listed at 2500.00 Canadian. I missed out because it was sold before the sale began. A re-seller bought it, cleaned it up, and has shown it at a Chicago MCM show with the asking price of 14, 000.00 dollars. Some people here are making their own G stereos, using parts from other less sought after models from the same company, Clairtone.
    If anyone out there is still reading these posts, or know of a relative who has one of these stereos with the globe speakers, in any condition, please email me at karinrjeffrey@yahoo.ca. Thanks.

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