With Earth Day approaching on April 22nd, we at Furnish Green found ourselves examining what we can do to make our practices even “greener.” By re-selling vintage furniture we keep these items out of landfills and minimize the impact of manufactured goods; we also use recycled materials for cleaning, packing, and filing and we repurpose as much as we can.
We’re striving to do more though, so in that spirit, we aim to lessen the amount of wasted materials used for wrapping up sold items. We will only shrink-wrap your purchased pieces if specifically requested, and we encourage you to BYOB: bring your own bags & blankets. If you provide the blanket, we’ll get it safely taped and tucked for transport! Note: we’ll automatically wrap glass pieces and mirrors because of their fragile nature.
Our goal is still, as always, to provide excellent customer service and assist in the safe transportation of your vintage purchases. Please let us know via e-mail, phone, or in person if you would prefer anything you’ve bought to be wrapped in plastic.
And don’t forget that you can take home your purchased items in an FG Tote bag, instead of using paper or plastic! $6 in the shop & online.
In order to make the furniture purchasing process even easier for our customers, we offer discounted flat-rate deliveries every Tuesday and Thursday evening between 6pm & 8pm in Manhattan and between 8pm & 11pm in Brooklyn/Queens.Â These deliveries are all handled by a reliable local company called TDY Moving & Storage.Â We haven’t changed the prices for these deliveries in 7 years, but as the costs associated with furniture delivery in NYC continue to rise, we have to adjust the rates accordingly.
We believe that fair pay for labor is one of the things that makes small businesses, in particular, such an important part of shopping ethically. So in this spirit, effective March 8, 2018, our block delivery prices have been raised a modest amount. The updated rates are as follows:
- Manhattan: Starts at $80
- Manhattan above 100th: Starts at $100
- Brooklyn/Queens: Starts at $90
- Deep Brooklyn/Queens: Starts at $110
- *Walk-ups: Add’l $10 per flight // Once the price is established, these are flat-rate deliveries (no charge per item)
Our goal is to offer affordable vintage furniture with an affordable option for getting pieces safely into their new homes so we hope you understand the change. As always, thanks for being such great customers!
Furnish Green is pleased to announceÂ a new and efficient way to shop our vintage items!
As of today, our website now allows shoppers to browse and purchase inventory by searching via dimension sizes and tags! This means no longer will you fall in love with a sweet vintage find to then notice it will not fit in that reserved spot or up a walk-way. Furnishing your home or office can certainly be overwhelming, and as we are more than happy to problem-solve with you during your showroom visit, this new website update will be the first step to finding that perfect piece.
Things you should know:
We measure the Width, Depth, and Height of every piece in inches and if there are half sizes it will be in the form of .25, .5, .75.
How to search goes as follows:Â
Enter your desired dimension in the Search Bar at the top right of each site page.
19.5 W/D/H or 19.5 will work. Please note: there must be a space in between the number and letter.
Also, you may search by room, style, color or material!
Ex: bedroom, living room, mid century, danish modern, atomic, painted, metal, etc.
We hope this is helpful! Happy shopping from the peeps at Furnish Green!
One of our main goals at Furnish Green is to be able to offer our customers the most extensive vintage furniture inventory possible at the lowest possible price. However, we don’t want to overwhelm shoppersÂ with a space that’s filled to the brim! So the idea behind the FG Warehouse is that it allows us to have a larger expanded inventory while maintaining a pleasant showroom experience with a manageable and interesting selection of products.
Our warehouse is an offsite location that provides storage space for our online-only inventory which is updated with new items weekly. These offsite items are not available to view in person, but they are presented with the same detailed photo layout as our in-store pieces. Each product page also tells you the itemâ€™s dimensions and offers notable information on its condition. These warehouse pieces are indicated via the phrase ‘ONLINE ONLY’ in their title.
If youâ€™d like to see one of these items in person, it can be brought into the showroom for a 15%-20% deposit; the deposit amount either goes toward your total or, if you decide not to purchase the piece, will become store credit that is valid for 1 year.
Once purchased, the online-only items will come into our showroom to then either be picked up or delivered. As with the rest of our inventory, these items are ‘Final Sale’ and cannot be returned or exchanged so please call with specific questions regarding pieces prior to purchase.
Check out the ever-changing online-only inventory here!
Additionally, this means that if you donâ€™t see what youâ€™re looking for in our showroom, we may be able to find something from our offsite inventory that will suit your needs. So let us know what youâ€™re looking for!
Furnish Green continues in its pursuit to expand our already-considerable music section. Sometimes there may be an album cover or artist name that piques your interest but you have no idea what direction the music will turn.
Now the casual browser (he or she who doth browse) has ample opportunity to experience and engage with the records in our bins via our established listening station!
We hope you can discover a new artist/genre/hobby in the comfort of our showroom!
Every piece that comes into Furnish Green settles into our workroom first. The entire staff huddles around it, deliberates about it’s quality and condition, and decides whether or not it needs additional work and attention. Then we collectively try to figure out a price. It usually goes something like this:
“I was thinking low 4’s”
“We had one like that not too long ago in the low 4’s. It was here for a while”
“How about $384?”
“Wow, I was thinking that too.”
“Did you know I was born in 84?”
“I graduated high school in 84!”
“$384 it is.”
Now that was an example of a time when we got the price right. Here is an example of when we got the price wrong:
“Oh my god, I love that piece!”
“It’s supersexy, they are very hard to find.”
“I just checked it out on the 1st Dibs website, someone is asking $3500 for it.”
“$968 seems reasonable.”
“We may not get another one, we should probably ask $1184.”
“I was born in 84!”
“Wow I graduated high school in 84!”
“It is nice, maybe $1232?”
Now even though the final price sounded reasonable to us, especially compared to what other retailers were asking for it, that piece still sat in our showroom for longer than we would have liked. Here is the next conversation:
“There has to be a reason why this piece is still here.”
“Wow look at the price on that, $1232! No wonder why it’s still here!”
“Were we on crack when we priced it?”
“Let’s mark this down to $844 during our Monday Markdowns this week.”
So always keep an eye out for our Monday Markdowns because we are constantly revisiting our prices to see if a piece was originally made too expensive. On average, we lower 5-7 pieces every Monday, and they are not necessarily items that have been in our showroom for a long time. Our mission is to get cool vintage furniture into as many home as possible as quickly as possible, so check our site often (the Sale section in particular) to see if that credenza you had your eye on has a lower price! – Nathan
FG Owner and main buyer, Nathan, definitely understands the difficulties that come with having too many style options when decorating your space. He gets to see a lot of furniture on a daily basis, and it’s because of him that we are able to bring our customers such a dynamic, interesting inventory. But we don’t want to overwhelm you, so he’s come up with a few tips and tricks that have helped him design his home thoughtfully while avoiding the dark depths of hoarding.
Picking Furniture For Your Home: Let Your Choices Be You
As the main buyer for Furnish Green, I come across a lot of furniture. I mean a lot. No, more than you are thinking. Even more…
I feel veryÂ fortunate to have the opportunity to see so many pieces and so many styles pass through my hands, but I can empathize with customers when they come to our showroom and suddenly feel overwhelmed. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone to Home Depot only to forget the very thing I went there to buy. But we’re talking about pieces you are going to live with here, not AA batteries. And it’s usually the emptier the apartment, the more overwhelming it can be. Where to start? What style?
“I like this style… but I like this one… and that one also. What do I do?!”
My first suggestion is to start with one piece that you really like, one piece that is calling your name even from the other side of the showroom, a piece that you want to be BFFs with 4ever. Go for it, buy it, it’s unique, it’s sublime, it’s you.
Let’s say this piece is a Mid Century credenza. It’s modern, made of walnut or teak, with clean lines. This doesn’t mean that the rest of your place has to look like Don Draper’s apartment from Mad Men. Although there’s nothing wrong with that.
At this point in the process allow yourself to stray from that style in order to get the pieces you really need. Mix it up, and don’t worry about whether wood tone differs from one piece to the next or whether or not Hollywood Regency goes with Industrial. You can often bring styles together through incorporating smaller accent pieces. Worry more about shape, size and function. Most good designers I know often mix styles, creating a one-of-a-kind look. Tap into that inner designer, get a little funky, be bold and let your choices be you. – Nathan
Introducing Access to our Expanded Inventory
Furnish Green is excited to now offer our customers an even wider selection ofÂ fantastic vintage items!
As of this August, our website now allows shoppers to peruse and purchase from thisÂ expanded inventory! In addition to all the great pieces that can be viewed in our showroom, the Furnish Green website will now also provide access to pieces residing at our offsite warehouse. These offsite items are presented with the same detailedÂ photo layout as our in-store pieces. Each productÂ page also tells you the item’s dimensions and offers notable information on itsÂ condition. These warehouse piecesÂ are indicatedÂ via the phraseÂ “ONLINE ONLY” in their title.
Additionally, this means that if you don’t see what you’re looking for in our showroom, we may be able to find something from our offsite inventory that will suit your needs. So let us know what you’re looking for!
In a nutshell: more products, same Furnish Green.
Shop some of these items here.
We recently found an issue of Better Homes & Gardens from 1963, and it has some amazing content! The photos are quintessentially 1960s and the issue has plenty of helpful tips to instruct the 1963 furniture buyer.
We wanted to share some of the wealth of information that maintains relevance today for the modern furniture enthusiast.
An excerpt from “The Beauty of Fine Woods” section:
Â Â “An understanding of the terms solid, genuine and veneerÂ will also
Â help you buy wisely. When a piece of furniture is marked ‘solid,’ it
indicates that it is made from solid hardwood. The label ‘genuine’
shows that the furniture is made of a single hardwood, veneered on
flat surfaces, and solid in structural parts, such as the legs.
Â Â Much fine furniture today is no longer made from solid wood, but
from veneers. Many people still believe that veneers are notÂ asÂ
strongÂ as solid pieces. However, quite the contrary isÂ true; the
finished product is much stronger and more resistant toÂ warping.
A veneered plywood panel is actually a wood “sandwich,”Â usually
made of five, seven,Â or more layers. The center is solid lumber,Â and
on both sides of this coreÂ thin sheets of strong hardwoodÂ are placed
at cross grain to fit for strengthÂ and to prevent warpingÂ or splitting.
Finally, a ‘face’ veneer of fine cabinetÂ wood is placedÂ over the layers,
again at cross grain. A backing sheet of the sameÂ hardwood on the
reverse side completes the panel.”Â