Vintage hardware adds nostalgia, character, personality, and a touch of history to cabinetry and furniture. Homeowners are going retro and buying vintage cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, hinges, and door knobs to add style and flair to their homes. Another use for vintage hardware is jewelry. Here is an example of a necklace made from an orate drawer pull.
Creative eBay sellers are offering all types of cabinet hardware. This niche is another example of re-purposing items. One Bay, you can find the hardware made from brass, porcelain, glass, chrome, crystal, and copper. Sellers may find a piece of furniture beyond repair and dismantle it to remove the hardware. A good example would be a chest of drawers or a keepsake trunk with hinges and handles.
You can find vintage hardware at estate sales where furniture is being sold. Another source is through remodeling contractors. If you have a personal connection with someone in the remodeling business, find out what they do with the old cabinetry and doors in the homes they are remodeling. The wood may be rotten and unusable, but the hardware may be sell-able. You may be able to get pieces for free, remove the hardware you want, and discard the rest.
Look for interesting pieces. Some good sellers include:
Brass Lion head drawer pulls
Brass Cherub drawer pulls
Crystal glass knobs
1920s Art Deco style
Some sets of brass hardware can sell up around the $100 mark. More than likely, you will need to do some heavy duty cleaning to bring back the original shine and luster of these pieces. They can be really beautiful when restored and can help you make some money on eBay.
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