Benefit from your kitsch from the 1970s, from space hoppers to sideboards

After years of being viewed by younger generations as embarrassingly naff, the era of torches, flower power and funk is back in fashion.

This means that classic 1970s home decor items like cane furniture, flower curtains, and bulky vases, which used to be mostly found in charity shops, are in high demand.

Interest in original clothing from the 1970s has increased in a similar manner: eBay searched 280 percent for "tie-dye shirts" and for "creepers" (shoes with platform soles) by 150 percent compared to last year.

If Lockdown inspired you to do an eviction for the first time in years, or if you've recently inherited housewares, home furnishings, or clothes from the disco decade, stop before you throw anything away – it may be worth more than you think .


“Five years ago you really couldn't give away things like cane furniture. You'd see it selling car boots for £ 2 and nobody was interested – now it sells for hundreds of pounds on eBay, ”says Lynnette Hecker, who runs the online retro store Lovely & # 39; s Vintage Emporium.

The 52-year-old fashion stylist has filled her home near Bristol with items from the decade that she has loved since childhood.

She believes the recent surge in interest in all things of the 1970s was partly triggered by the coronavirus lockdown.

"People work from home and spend a lot more time there," she says. “Times are difficult, so we want to create the feeling of being comfortable, cozy and cocooned – and the 1970s style gives just that.

"There's also a nostalgia for things that remind us of our source's homes: Ebay and Etsy parents – or, for younger generations, their grandparents."

Online searches reflect this "covid effect" – eBay reports that the number of shoppers looking for "cane furniture" has increased 77 percent since before the lockdown.

Social media is also a factor, says Lynnette. “People are more interested in aesthetics – and the 1970s are looking good.

"Especially on Instagram I see young people who can't afford to buy, who furnish their (rented) houses with bohemian items from the 1970s to make them feel better."

Vintage furniture salesman Stuart Murray also saw a surge in demand from customers searching for original pieces from the 1970s at his Retrovintage shop in Glasgow, which sells online across the UK.

"The 1970s are all the rage right now, and prices of furniture from the early 1970s in particular are rising and rising," he says.

He believes the style is popular because sleek 1970s designs look great next to modern furniture but are of higher quality and buying second-hand is more environmentally friendly than buying newer.

"People like the fact that these pieces have stood the test of time," he says.

“They survived for about 50 years and are still in good shape, whereas a modern piece of furniture could be up to date in five years.

& # 39; There is also the green element. When buying vintage, eco-conscious buyers can save something old from being dumped. & # 39;


So if you have an eviction, what items could bring you the most profit?

Lynnette recommends selling home accessories made of trendy bamboo, sugar cane, rattan or willow or fabrics in classic designs of the 1970s such as large floral or geometric patterns in brown or green. "But if you're looking to make the most money, you have to look for pottery, paintings, jewelry, or high-end vintage fashion," she says.

When it comes to ceramics, vases from West Germany (look for a “West Germany” stamp on the underside) are becoming increasingly popular.

And in fashion, classic British brands like Laura Ashley can sell for up to a few hundred pounds, while dresses by iconic 1970s designer Ossie Clark can sell for up to 2,000 pounds.

Stuart, who specializes in wood furniture, says high quality teak and rosewood sideboards, tables, chairs and shelves can fetch up to £ 2,000.

"Danish furniture is especially good quality, but I also sell a lot of British pieces," he says. The price depends on the condition of the item. Anything left with its original labels or packaging can fetch double the price of an identical item with a lot of wear and tear.


Selling through an online auction site like eBay means competing buyers bidding against each other can raise the price.

However, you must pay a fee of 10 percent of the combined retail price and shipping costs.

Emma Grant, eBay boss at Pre-Loved, says using words like 1970s, retro and brand names in the title of your listing increases the likelihood that buyers will find and bid on your item.

"Be honest about the condition of the product and watch out for wear and tear," she adds.

For higher value items like wooden furniture and jewelry, it may be better to sell them to a dealer. You can check at your nearest antique center or search for specialist buyers online.

Niche items can get the best prices at specialist auctions that attract buyers from all over the world.

Kerry Taylor Auctions specializes in designer clothing, while auctioneer Hansons regularly sells vintage clothing and textiles.

Fieldings Auctioneers is now interested in toys from the 1970s. These can be worth a lot – a rare Star Wars figure that sold for £ 143,000 in the US last year.

Auction house experts should rate your items for free, but you will have to pay fees of around 10 to 15 percent of the final sale price. Additional processing, insurance, or storage fees may also apply. So be sure to request a full quote before making any further decision.

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