#1 Question: Where do you get all your stuff?
You know I can't answer that, right?
I will be vague: The answer is......Everywhere! I have a some
furniture connections and I buy in bulk. Occasionally, I travel to new
areas/regions (my favorite thing to do), but not as much as I'd like
to.... 90% of what I find needs to be refinished. I have help in
refinishing - I used to do it myself, but now I hire it out. It's not as
easy as it looks to keep a supply of mid century furniture coming in,
but it is always fun to see all the unique stuff out there.
#2 Question: Do You Have a Store?
and I have no plans to open a shop - I do this from my home. I charge
about half of retail because I don't have to maintain a store or store
hours. However, you will never catch me bad-mouthing retail stores -
they are amazing places that have a full inventory year-round with long
hours.... I love the local stores and peruse them for inspiration all
the time. I have been known to buy at a local shop for my house. Their
selection is wonderful. I am small potatoes, selling 5-10 items a week.
My prices are low because my overhead is low.
#3 Question: How Did You Get Into This Business?
I was a collector of mid century furniture with too many items. A
friend told me to put an end table, dining table and desk I had
refinished on Craigslist back in 2008. The response amazed me -I had no
idea there were so many collectors out there. Through some of the
connections I mentioned in question #1, I bought more items I loved and
refinished them. My hobby turned into an unplanned small business. I
read about people who turned their passion into a business, but I never
knew I would be one of them - it has been amazing.
#4 Question: How Long Have You Been Doing This?
#5 Question: Will you email / contact me when you get a (fill in the blank with an item of furniture) in ?
will try. If I get what you are looking for in within a week or two, I
will definitely email you. However, if it goes much longer than that, I
will probably not. It has been my experience that people's interest
wanes or they find it on their own and it's a lot of wasted time
emailing people who are no longer interested. I do try to post items on
my blog first, and then list them on Craigslist so if you check
regularly, you will usually find it quickly.
#6 Question: What is the best part of your job?
the risk of sounding like a sale-sy schmuck - the truth is, the best
part of my job is YOU. People who collect mid century furniture are
fascinating people. I have met a wide range of artists, from hobbyists
to professional opera singers, architects and designers, young families
with style and older nostalgic types - so far I haven't met anyone
boring - I have met many "characters" and I love a good laugh -
customers are what keeps this job fresh. Creative personalities are
drawn to the simplicity of mid century design so the customers are
always as interesting as the furniture.... they are also easy-going and
have the cutest kids... okay now, I sound like a butt-kisser but its
ModMidCentury and the Community
percentage of each purchase goes to support a refugee family living in
Denver. The family is from Eritrea, a mother and her 6 kids, and they
are amazing! However, living in a new country with a new language and no
industrial job skills - in a bad job market - is a challenge.
have been working with this family for 6 years and I would love to say
that they are well on their way to living the American Dream, but truth
be told, the reason there are books and movies about first generation
immigrants achieving success in America is because its so rare that they
make a movie out of it! And yet... I love them and so I "journey"
alongside them on this bumpy road. They face constant turmoil, medical
problems, legal problems, poverty issues, job loss and yet, being part
of their lives has been one of the greatest things that has happened to
If you ever want to feel you can make in difference
in the world, even if its for one family learn how you can serve the
refugees now living in Denver, go to http://www.lfsco.org/refugee-asylee
to volunteer. (Emily Griffith and Catholic Charities also have