Some of the Best Places to Buy Antique, Vintage, and Upcycled Furniture in South Wales

The reality for most of us, renovating or not, is that buying furniture can be very, very expensive. If you’re anything like me you’ll love finding a bargain. I also have a love for older furniture, quirky pieces and beautiful antiques. Whilst antiques can be expensive too, unless you’re looking for super rare, super pristine pieces, chances are you can pick up something beautiful with a smaller price tag. The good news is that lovely furniture doesn’t have to cost the earth, plus there are so many ways you can make a piece work for you whether it’s upcycling, remaking or making small changes, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get things you really love for your home. 

There are plenty of great places to pick up furniture now, not only do we have sources like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree etc. but there are usually plenty of local gems if you look online, on your local high street, hidden away on industrial estates and in places you wouldn’t expect. I’m in South Wales and am lucky to have plenty of places to shop so I thought I’d put together a list of some great places to find amazing treasures!

Kismet Vintage

Photo: Kismet Facebook

About

“Offering a good selection of Antique, Retro, & Pre-Loved Furniture for sale.
Furniture repair, restoration, painting, paint stripping & upholstery service.”

Location

Swansea, Ystrad Rd, Fforest-Fach, Swansea SA5 4JB

Social Media

Facebook

eBay 

Black Bear Vintage

About

“Vintage, retro, reworked & more at always low prices. Find us at @ragamuffins_emporium, Commercial Street, Pontypool NP4 6XX. 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday.”

Location

Ragamuffins Emporium, Commercial Street, Pontypool

Social Media
 
 

Lollybird Vintage

Photo: Lollybird Vintage Facebook

About

“Vintage, retro, antiques bought and sold. New stock weekly! furniture, homewares, clothing, accessories, taxidermy, jewellery, salvage and collectables sourced by hand from all over the UK.”

Location

Catherine St, Swansea SA1 4JE

Social Media

Facebook

Nostalgia Antiques

Photo: Nostalgia Antiques Facebook

About

“Antiques, collectables, interiors & curiosities based in South Wales.” 

Location

20a Ffald Rd, Pyle, Bridgend CF33 6AD

Social Media

Facebook

Website

Wooden Tops Funiture

Photo: Wooden Tops Facebook

About

“Buy & Sell Antique, Vintage & Retro Furniture & Chesterfields. Commission Work | Paint Workshops. Official stockists of Frenchic® Furniture Paint & all you need to start upcycling!”

Location

15-16 Queens Ct, Bridgend CF31 3TQ

Social Media

Facebook

Website

Ragamuffins Emporium

Photo: Ragamuffin Facebook

About

“Suitcases/trunks/chests, vintage, retro, antiques & collectables, shabby chic furniture & paint, vintage clothing & much more.”

Location

The Old Barclays Bank, Commercial St, Pontypool NP4 6XX

Social Media

Facebook

Halfway Antiques

Photo: Halfway Antiques Facebook

About

“Everything from traditional furnishings to bizarre and unusual collectables.”

Location

2 Glyncoed Terrace, Llanelli SA15 1EZ

Social Media

Facebook 

Ebay

The Pumping Station

Photo: Pumping Station Website

About

“Once a Victorian Pumping Station today an impressive Grade ll listed building, home to a friendly group of 45+ independent traders all trading under one roof and set over 32,000 sq. feet.

The Pumping Station is crammed full of ever-changing quirky, unusual and sometimes bizarre items from a range of antique and vintage items, catering for all tastes and covering many periods from Ancient Roman to Georgian, Victoria, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro, Mid Century, Industrial through to modern and contemporary.”

Location

The Pumping Station, Penarth Rd, Cardiff, CF11 8TT

Social Media

Website

Other Options

Auctions

John Pye Auctions. UK wide but in South Wales, they are located in Port Talbot

RWG Auctions, Carew, Pembrokeshire. Second Saturday of every month.

Sullivan’s Auctions. Merthyr Tydfil. 

Jones and Llewelyn AuctionsLlandeilo, Auctions every two weeks.

Love 2 Recycle Auction House. Swansea. Auctions every two weeks.

Chain Options

Emmaus South Wales

British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Swansea

British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Cardiff

Independents 

Caer Las Furniture Scheme

“Caer Las Furniture Scheme is the social enterprise arm of Caer Las raising vital funds that help us to help those people who are most marginalised to feel safe, be housed, stay housed, have a sustainable income, a sense of inclusion, self-esteem and look positively towards the future.”

TooGoodToWaste

“Toogoodtowaste is the leading re-use charity and social enterprise operating in Rhondda Cynon Taf.  We reduce waste by collecting re-usable household items and redistributing them via our charity showrooms. The income we raise enables us to help low-income households and provide training and volunteering opportunities.”

The Furniture Revival

“We are one of Wales’ largest furniture and electrical reuse centres – With a 15,000 square foot warehouse open 5 days per week in Rhymney, with our online store open 24/7. We are passionate about second-hand furniture and electricals, to the extent that we vacuum and upholstery clean 90% of all fabric items that come into our premises as well as repairing and up-cycling where possible – We really do get a kick out of reviving pre-loved items.”

Cardiff Flea Market

“Historically, markets are good for second-hand items, curios and antiques. That is what you will find here, by the truckload. If you enjoy hunting through treasure troves and finding bargains, this is the place for you. Amongst other things, you will see loads of stuff that you remember from your childhood. If you aren’t uttering “well look at that” at least a few times, well then you have no nostalgia in your soul!”

This is by no means an exhaustive list, in fact, I’d love to hear about your favourites. Find me on Instagram on @firsthomeatnumberone and let me know about some more hidden gems in Wales!