BEST USED FURNITURE (VINTAGE) - 2004
Given furniture's potential expense, it's hardly surprising that some penny-pinchers opt for hand-me-downs, thrift-shop finds, or throwaways in the pursuit of durable home accoutrements. Sadly, none of those alternatives offer much in the way of choice. Granted, the carefully selected merchandise at Theater Antiques costs a bit more than the average dumpster score, but the delight-dividend more than makes up for the difference. Plus, bargains galore lurk in the mammoth facility's labyrinthine byways. Take the alluringly curvaceous teak Art Deco highboy with original hardware for $175--quickly, before someone else does--or the pristine space-age velveteen day bed at a mere $345. Slightly higher-rolling vinyl lovers can bask in style and functionality for a hair over $700--the price of a massive '70s modular wall unit with shelves, drawers, drop-down desk, work table, and record rack.