eBay isn’t all garage-sale scavengers selling off their dusty weekend finds. Sometimes auction vendors are actual retailers — both respected antiques dealers seeking to broaden their clientele and modern home-goods merchants clearing out space in their showrooms and warehouses or firesaling discontinued and slightly damaged goods.
Such is the case with Seattle’s Velocity Art and Design, which currently has more than four dozen first- and seconds-quality items up for auction on eBay, including goods from Thomas Paul, Vitra, Chilewich, Jonathan Adler, and others. The items may not be perfect (though in many cases they are), but they are a great deal.
The discontinued Thomas Paul Istanbul silk pillow in aqua pictured above, for instance, originally retailed for $74. It has a barely noticeable, quarter-inch mark on the cover — hence the bargain-basement price.
Current bid: $6.50. (Hurry — the auction ends Tuesday.) – Leah H.
See more of Leah’s great finds on her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.