Used-Furniture Trove in Midtown Manhattan

IMG_1429 HIGH ON MY LIST of things to accomplish this winter, somewhere between “Buy house” and “Update password list” (now 8 typewritten pages long), was “New clothing storage for bedroom.” I had already winnowed as much as I dared, but my four-drawer dresser and single not-so-big closet were not cutting it. If I bought so much as one new sweater, I’d be in wardrobe overflow.

The bedroom in my ground-floor brownstone apartment has a big ol’ hunk of orange wall 75″ across, where once a fireplace stood. Quite a few inches on either side of my midsize dresser were going to waste. There was also the possibility of going up the wall, with some kind of highboy or armoire.

I began my shopping online, considering mid-century ‘bachelor’s chests’ of the type included in bedroom suites of the 1950s and ’60s. They run $600-800, which is about what I planned to spend, but they were dark, stolid, and masculine-looking. I wanted something lighter. With my limited budget, I was looking for a piece of secondhand furniture, so I had no idea what, exactly, I was going to find (that’s the whole fun of it, actually).


My Internet explorations led me to a company I hadn’t heard of, Furnish Green, whose website shows a wide-ranging mix of styles from rustic and cottage-y to industrial and Danish modern. Its site is well-organized and easy to search, but even better was visiting their midtown Manhattan showroom to view their offerings in three dimensions, which I did today. Furnish Green is a find, yet another of those hidden treasures New York offers up when you least expect it.


And where you least expect it. Its showrooms are a few unconnected office spaces on the fifth floor of a garment-center building near Herald Square. One is shared with a ballroom dance studio; another is used for furniture refinishing and for the photography crucial to their online sales (Furnish Green has a big Craigslist presence). That’s Jeffrey, below, one of three employees, in the workroom. The owner, Nathan, is also the owner of the ballroom dance studio.


The main showroom is a bright corner space tightly packed with moderately-priced pieces that are neither precious nor pedigreed, yet most have something quirky or interesting about them.


Furnish Green gets 10-12 new pieces every day. “We do something to almost every one of them,” I was told — not necessarily full-on refinishing or re-upholstering, but steam-cleaning, oiling and polishing, and often, painting, to turn a dull brown piece of American borax (an old term for furnishings mass-manufactured in Grand Rapids, Mich.) into something more closely resembling Shabby Chic.

I came, I saw, I bought (see below). And yes, they deliver.


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7 Responses to Used-Furniture Trove in Midtown Manhattan

  1. GAP says:

    Too much. Now living here full time, I realized I was seriously short of storage space for my clothes and decided to do something about it this week. I went ebay and bought a beautiful oak dresser to add counterpoint to all the modern; was delivered yesterday. Five more much-needed drawers. Mission accomplished, I moved on to searching ebay for another end table for the living room and a piece for another open space that could provide more storage for various and sundry. I hear several pieces on this website calling to me. Had no idea this place existed. Thanks for sharing.

  2. vinalew says:

    thanks for this. Now that floors will soon be installed, I will have to stage/ furnish office , den with smaller pieces that I can move with. I will check this out.

  3. cara says:

    Is that a pun, GAP? Oak dresser = Mission accomplished.

  4. GAP says:

    Not a “mission” oak piece, but good catch–as is your find at this place. What a stunning piece, and more than ample storage.

  5. coppermaven says:

    Cara you always find the gems! Can’t wait to see the new piece!

  6. in the world of second hand furniture demand for good pieces is higher than the actual offer. Those are some really good pieces. I wish I could visit this store. I wouldn’t leave empty-handed for sure.

  7. Cher Vick says:

    Never heard of this place either, I will check it out! Although, there is a furniture/flea market near Little Italy/Fordham University in the Bronx that you can get like $50 pieces. That is a little unknown gem.

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