Retro Furniture

Mid-century Retro Furniture in Melbourne

At Abbeys Auctions we regularly have a wide range of mid-century retro furniture from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's at our Melbourne auctions. We hold weekly general furniture and household goods auctions every Friday at our rooms in Box Hill, and Collectables and Antiques sales every 6 weeks. Both can have teak retro pieces or old school furniture so take a look at our schedule and come on down!

We have lots of retro furniture available at our Collectables and Classics Auction on Saturday!

The phrase retro furniture refers to a style from the past that has returned to popularity. While there is no set amount of time that needs to pass for an item or style to be considered retro, it is generally thought it must be 15 years or more since the item was last in fashion.

Examples of our retro furniture include

  • Couches
  • Lounge suites
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Wardrobes
  • Teak Bookcases
  • Teak buffets

Vintage Furniture

Vintage furniture generally refers to items that are between 30 to 100 years old. But age is not the only factor, the furniture should also represent a prevalent style from the period in which it came. It remains very popular because it allows people to use their own creative flair to decorate their homes, and maintains a strong connection to the past.

Different period styles of furniture

1980's - Art Deco - Originally popular in the 1920s to 1940s - came back into fashion in the 80s. This included the use of solid lines, as well as bold geometric shapes and decoration.

1970's - Use of colour became popular, with a particular focus on oranges, yellows and greens. A lot more furniture became rectangular with lots of straight lines.

1960's - The 60s built on the modernist styles and saw furniture design take on a look with curves and sleekness. Reds and oranges were very popular colours.

Mid-century - As with the 60s that followed, mid-century modern styles chose distinct colours, with rounded sleek designs. The 50s were known for diners which are a retro style still very popular today.

Art Deco - The 1920's - 40s focused on patterns, decoration and geometric shapes, coming from a diverse range of cultural influences. It was repopularised in the 1980s.

Some examples of past furniture for sale

Second Hand Furniture

As an auction house, we pride ourselves in selling quality second hand furniture. There are two main benefits for you as the customer:

1) It reduces waste and overproduction, meaning it's a lot better for the environment.
2) You can purchase items significantly cheaper than you would at a retail store.

Some of the most highly sought after used furniture in Melbourne are sideboards and tables from the 1960s. This Scandinavian furniture sells for in excess of $1000 in many shops. So when we get pieces at our auction house, they are snapped up very quickly. We have auctions every Friday so to view our latest items, view our current catalogue.

Other popular items include desks, bookcases and couches. If you want to look at our furniture in more detail, please come down for a viewing on Thursdays.