Question: Is the piece veneer?
This is our most asked question and unfortunately the word "veneer" seems to be associated with "poor quality" in todays world. However, that is not the case when it comes to Mid Century or Antique furniture. For those of you not familiar with furniture restoration - finished wood pieces are constructed with either solid wood or fiberboard/pressed wood, then the outer layer is either laminate veneer or solid wood veneer. Veneer is how you get the finished streamlined graining. The veneer layer is what is stained and clear coated. If you have a piece "refinished" they are sanding and staining the veneer layer. If you sand too deeply (as when trying to get out a really deep scratch) you could potentially sand thru the veneer layer which is not good. The unfinished wood underneath will never match the finished graining of the veneer layer.
The only exceptions to veneered finished wood furniture would include such things as outdoor furniture- as in a picnic table, more primitive/rustic indoor pieces, some older antique furniture, or if you see an an actual slab of wood that has been made into a coffee table (looks like a tree trunk).
With that said, most new furniture is constructed with pressed wood/fiberboard construction. High quality Mid Century furniture was almost always constructed with solid wood and dovetailed, (which is why it is so much heavier than new furniture you buy in stores today) and finished with solid wood veneer. Your finer antiques will also have solid wood veneer. The more commonly made or less expensive Mid Century pieces will have laminate finishes and/or pressed wood construction.
Most everything we sell is designer Mid Century furniture and as such have solid wood construction with solid wood veneer. Otherwise we always note in the description if we have a piece that is laminate.
Yes, we ship everywhere! There are some exceptions as to where our shippers do not go, but we do ship worldwide.
Question: Do you ship worldwide?
Question: Do you have more photos you could send?
Question: How long does freight shipping take and what is the process?
Yes, we always take anywhere from 8-20 photos of every piece. Unfortunately we are only able to list 5 on our website. We encourage you to email or call and ask for more photos!
Freight shipping is unlike small package shippers such as Fedex and UPS. Freight shippers have a handful of trucks that run the entire country and are only in your area for a short amount of time. Freight shippers average delivery time is 4-6 weeks typically and they will call you a day or 2 in advance with a day and time (usually a 2 hour window) for delivery. Our shippers will blanket wrap, ship, insure and deliver inside your home.
If you are in more of a hurry, we do utilize freight shippers that fly the item to you and deliver inside your home 3-5 days after crating. As you can imagine that is a more expensive option, but just let us know what your timeframe is and we will provide appropriate shipping quotes.
Question: Do you sand and refinish?
Yes and no...We will occasionally sand and refinish if the wood is extremely damaged. Our usual 5 step restoration process does NOT include sanding or staining. We are different than most Mid Century dealers in that most dealers will sell items in the same condition they acquired them, or they will completely sand and re-stain. Our process is different, we operate by the premise that you can never duplicate the original. Pieces that are sanded and stained will always have that "refinished look". The 5 step restoration process we employ will clean, nourish, remove scuffing/paint, hydrate, and bring out the ORIGINAL finish. All joints are tightened, drawers are cleaned, missing hardware replaced, and all metal/chrome polished. We go over every inch of our items before they leave our showroom. We keep them as authentic as possible. In our opinion sanding and staining a designer Mid Century piece will only diminish the value as the vintage authenticity and character is lost. Our goal is to get the piece back to what it was 40-70 years ago when it was new. There might be light scratches or marks from use over that half century, but overall it will look as it was intended to look.
Absolute not! We never sell Mid Century reproductions. All of our items are 40-70 years old and in excellent condition, however some vintage character from use should be expected. We have very high standards at Dirty Girls Restoration and take our time with every piece we sell.
Question: Do you sell Mid Century reproductions?
Question: Do you offer layaway?
We do offer a payment plan on total price including delivery/shipping fees. There is zero interest. Minimum purchase price is $400. Plan requires 20% down with payment in full due at the end of 8 weeks. If full payment is not received by that date, the plan is automatically cancelled and we will refund your money minus a 15% relisting fee. Shippers are not scheduled until we receive payment in full.
Question: Do you buy pieces from individuals?
Yes and no. We usually have several people who contact us every month wanting us to buy a piece of Mid Century furniture from them. Feel free to email us photos at email@example.com and we are happy to take a look and let you know if we are interested, and if so, what we can offer on the piece.
With that said, we encourage people to view our shop page to get an idea of the pieces we deal in. We do not buy rustic antiques, French Provincial, reproductions, formica top or cheaply made pieces, or appliances. Also, most people that contact us are wanting the full retail value of whatever they have. Please understand we are a restorer and reseller. When we make an offer on an item what we take into account is the following:
1) Our time and expense to come pickup / pack / and transport the item back to our shop.
2) Even if the piece is in good shape, it still undergoes our 5 step restoration process to clean, hydrate, remove
scuffs/paint, tighten joints and hardware, and lastly a finishing step to ensure several more years of use. If
the piece is upholstered we will either re-upholster or if in excellent shape we professionally clean and add
new dust fabric underneath. WE DO NOT PASS OUR RESTORATION SERVICE CHARGES ONTO OUR
CUSTOMERS. A typical furniture restoration company would charge $300-500 to restore a dresser (as an
example). We price our items the same as other Mid Century dealers who do zero restoration and sell them in
the same condition they acquired them. All expenses for our time and products to do the restoration we do
strictly as a service to our customers and the fact that we sell pieces in the condition we would want to
receive them. We do not believe anyone should pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a designer Mid
Century piece only to have to clean or restore it before they can use it in their home.
3) Listing fees. We cross list on several sites and most all of them charge a listing fee. As well as hosting fees
for our own website.
4) Selling fees. Depending on the site from which the item sells, the fees charged can be anywhere from
5 - 23% of the sales price.
5) Lastly, we always help our customers with shipping fees. Depending on the item, that can sometimes be
hundreds of dollars that we do not pass onto our customers.
Taking that into account - if you are wanting us to purchase an item of yours, please look at the retail cost then subtract the above fees. The most we can realistically offer and make any profit at all would be about 1/3 of retail cost.
Question: Where do you get your inventory?
This is the question we get asked by literally everyone who visits our store. Quite frankly we don't understand why people ask this. We can't imagine going into any store (new or used) and asking the owner where they source their inventory. It is basically asking how we run our business and inadvertantly saying 'we don't value what you are doing', we would like to find these items ourselves. To us, it seems rude. However, here is the answer: We scour the country almost daily looking for unique Mid Century pieces. If we find something that is out of our driving distance we will ask our shippers to pick it up for us. We look at auctions, estate sales, and ads quite literally all across the country. We rarely source locally.