Sometimes finding the city's best treasures comes by way of happy accident. While my colleague, Decorating Editor Rebecca Robertson, was surfing Craig's List for a stool, she came across a listing from a used-furniture store called Furnish Green, located on the 5th floor of 1261 Broadway, between 31st and 32nd Streets.
Finding it takes a little effort, but the corner suite of this building brims with light and makes a lovely stage for their ever-changing inventory. The owner Nathan prices pieces based on their usability, rather than their "antique prowess," meaning lower (if not somewhat arbitrary: "why $61 and not $60?") prices on items that actually function.
Browsing the inventory at Furnish Green is a lesson in thrifting for the novice and expert picker alike. Coming up with modern uses for these vintage items was not only interesting, but also empowering as a shopper and home designer. Filling a precise need with the perfect piece is simply put, satisfying. Check out Furnish Green if you're ever near Herald Square. It's an absolute treat!