I have been a longtime seller & buyer off of Ebay and Craigslist. Not only is it a great way to recycle the "stuff" we have, but both websites are amazing resources for finding just about anything you need, in excellent or even new condition. In this age of mass markets with the likes of Target, Ikea, Rooms to Go, etc... I enjoy finding pieces of furniture or accessories that were made at a time when quality reigned over quantity. The success of these big box stores results from today's notion of the "disposable" lifestyle. Our grandparents generation bought one living room or dining room set and pledged & polished that set on a daily basis out of a desire to cherish what you owned. This kid glove care is why items from that era survived, have been passed down, and are still in working order today.
I stumbled upon another great website for shopping in this format. Goodwill stores are another fun spot to explore when looking for that unique piece. It's a win/win for everyone - you get the special item for your home, and all profits are donated back to charity. What I didn't realize is that Goodwill has a online website to search for anything your heart desires, with postings from all Goodwill's around the country. The website itself is very basic. Most items are listed in an auction format, with some having a "buy it now" price. For the ability to purchase, you register just as you would with Ebay. To check out more details and to start your search go to www.shopgoodwill.com