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Where To Buy Midcentury Furniture In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
People have been predicting for years that the midcentury modern home design trend is nearing its end.
I’d say any predictions like that were more than premature — midcentury modern love is still very much in bloom in 2018, and I haven’t seen any on-the-ground indications that it’s genuinely waning. Its peak popularity might be over, but the resulting dip doesn’t seem to have been much of one — Nashville homebuyers and homeowners that I meet daily still fall for those sleek and simple lines, and timeless touches.
Midcentury furniture isn’t my personal design obsession, but I respect and admire the look all the same, and I’ve definitely found myself coveting Eames and Saarinen pieces over the years. So I've kept my eyes peeled for prime providers while furniture shopping in Nashville.
Lots of new-to-Nashville homebuyers have asked me for tips on where to find midcentury furniture, and I have a few go-to options that cut a wide swath, from approachable and affordable pieces to the immaculate, expensive stuff. If you’re on the hunt, take a look below:
My favorite go-to in Nashville, Music City Modern finds peak midcentury pieces and, if needed, polishes them back to their glory. Broyhill, Bassett, Kent Coffey — you’ll find all the favorites popping up regularly, and then some. Pieces seem to go pretty fast, though, so you’ll want to keep the Music City Modern Instagram feed at the ready.
This 8th Ave. shop has been a longtime Nashville favorite, for good reason — they’re always stocking picture-perfect vintage pieces at approachable prices. They don’t just do midcentury pieces, and they don’t just do furniture, but it's a specialty, and the shop is a steady treasure trove for midcentury hunters. Added benefit: Anything else you might need to round out your home’s decor, from vintage art to glassware, can be snagged there too. The Pre to Post Modern Facebook page is a good place to peruse what they carry, but as far as finding prices/availability, the best bet is to head to the store, at 2110 8th Ave S.
Based in Madison, TN, Nest 615 is my favorite pick for starter midcentury pieces — items that are thoroughly cool, but more on the affordable side, perfect for Nashville homeowners who are just getting started. Owner Candice Raines is always finding midcentury furniture that’s easy to love and easy to own, and even with her already excellent prices, she regularly holds warehouse sales at 213 Brawner Ave, Madison, with even deeper discounts. Good example: The midcentury server/bar pictured above was listed this week for $329. Keep up with the Nest 615 Facebook page for updates on new deliveries, and swing by noon to 5 Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 3 on Saturday to browse and buy.
I’m thoroughly obsessed with online estate sale platform EBTH, a.k.a. Everything but the House. Sellers offer items from across the country on there, and Nashville is regularly represented. Since it’s estate sale stuff, there’s really no consistency — you can’t bet on there being midcentury furniture any more than you can bet on turn-of-the-century jewelry, even if both categories do pop up plenty of the time. You just have to keep an eye, consistently, and diligence can pay off. When this was posted, the mid-century walnut china cabinet pictured above was accepting bids until Thursday, March 22, and was only up to $25. (It’ll go higher, for sure, but there’s plenty chance you can snag it for a brag-worthy price.)
Like EBTH, Chairish is dependent upon what local sellers have, so the offerings will vary. But it’s well worth a bookmark, since great finds (sometimes at equally great prices) pop up regularly. You don’t have to just shop locally, either — people list furnishings from just about all eras, all across the country, and if you’re willing to pony up for shipping costs, you might have an easier time finding what you’re hunting for. If you’re willing to wait until something’s local, you can set up a Chairish alert for vintage furniture in Nashville, and keep your fingers crossed. The above Mid-Century Rosewood Buffet was up there when this was posted, listed from Nashville at just under $7K.
Hope some of these help you track down the midcentury furniture of your dreams.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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