Finding authentic pieces for industrial decor isn’t always easy, but they are there if you look. One of the great benefits of industrial style is that it doesn’t have to be brand new. In fact the look is more authentic if it isn’t. Dings, scratches, rust, and other imperfections are what identify objects as aged and unique–also referred to as patina. While purchasing “throwback” furniture and decor is easy, it can be expensive and doesn’t have the patina’d look a industrial decor embraces. By purchasing goods second hand, you are guaranteed to have the “lived-in” look. The key to success it simply to watch carefully and when an opportunity to add a piece shows up, react and make the purchase quickly.
Nothing found in industrial times would be brand new, much less an entire decor scheme. The best way to capture the authentic look is to purchase good from yard and estate sales. They may be a little beat-up but thats part of the industrial charm. Most people are quite surprised with exactly how many of these pieces they are able to find if they constantly look for them. Assess your needs for furniture and decor and be proactive in searching for them.
Most antique markets have booths from different sellers which they charge a commission on sales. There may also be some options available online; Look locally to avoid having to pay for shipping, but most antique markets offer online stores so you don’t have to drive all over the state looking– unless thats what you are into. If you do find something online, call to make sure it is still available first before you travel to the store.
Online Private Sales
Look on eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and even Next Door for used decor and furniture. The challenge with these sites is either someone knows what they have ($$$) or it won’t be marked as industrial decor. It is really up to you to see the beauty in these antiquities while searching, but there are many pieces that can fit in well with this type of decor.