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April 30, 2013



You're right - it's a little early for my quarterly I-told-you-so rant about
Mid-Century Modern furniture.  But this past weekend I had an unnerving
thrifting experience and feel compelled to vent ahead of schedule.

Last Saturday I was browsing through one of my favorite thrift
shops and quickly zeroed in on a MCM dresser across the store.
Quickly making a bee-line toward the gorgeous piece I halted in
mid-stride, gasping as I spied the price tag.  


My hands were shaking as I whipped out my
phone, eager to snap a shot of the evidence:

People, people, people - from parenting I learned that you have to say
something 3 times in order for it to be effective - do you see that price?

$200.00!!!

  Less than a year ago that dresser would have been priced at under $100.
Thrift stores have become savvy to the popularity of vintage pieces and are
charging more for Mid-Century Modern because they can get more.


Considered stark by some critics, MCM's clean, simple lines and
unadorned bare wood represented the efficiency and sophistication of
the times.  Between 1940 and 1960 manufacturers worldwide were
concentrating on the future, producing futuristic space-age furniture.  








Often referred to as Danish Modern, the minimalist furniture is instantly
recognizable for its elegant simplicity.  MCM is the perfect combination of
detailed craftsmanship and functional design.  At the height of its popularity
it was affordable and a definite departure from the Edwardian flair of the
early 20th century.








This beautiful walnut credenza is for sale on eBay for $995.00 plus shipping.
(Yikes.)








How can anyone say that MCM doesn't have a sense of humor?!







 
Design Addict
K.P. Mobler was a leading furniture manufacturer in Denmark, the birthplace
to many of the Mid-Century Modern designs we enjoy today.  If you ever run
across a Mobler piece, buy it.  Period.


















I completely understand that Mid-Century Modern isn't for everyone but would
you at least consider investing in a piece while it's still relatively affordable?
Your great-grandchildren will thank me. 

30 comments:

  1. You are spot on about MCM pieces being costly because of their popularity! About a year ago, I found a Broyhill Brasilia dresser (from the same line as the Oh, So Lovely Vintage you posted) at a garage sale for $50. Total steal, as it sells for $1000+ on eBay. Then about 4 months ago I stumbled upon the matching bedside table for twice that (still a steal compared to online prices, but still).

    MCM furniture is beautiful in a modern space and I know that I love my pieces!

    Cheers,
    Julia
    It's Always Ruetten

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