I’ve been toying with the idea of upcycling old furniture, in particular dressers. I’ve seen some great transformations that some elbow grease and paint can do.
So, a couple months ago, I saw this great dresser as I walked into the SA. It was obviously vintage mid-century modern (MCM) and a solid piece of furniture in great condition. It was marked Kent Coffey – a brand I was not familiar with at the time. At $35 it was priced right so it came home with me.
I discovered this dresser can sell for between $500-$700 in mint or refurbished condition, like the one above. Score! My dresser has some surface wear and minor dings, but in solid condition. So I’ve decided to list it as-is on CL for $250. A great return on my $35 investment!
The Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company was started in 1907 by Harold Coffey in Lenoir, North Carolina. He was friend, neighbor and competitor of such icons as James Broyhill and John Bernhardt, the early leaders in establishing the North Carolina furniture industry in the early 1900s.
The Kent-Coffey collections of the 1950s and 1960s were solidly built and priced so the average consumer could afford them, resulting in their being very popular. The brand is experiencing a new surge of interest, as young MCM aficionados are beginning to become familiar with the name and add Kent-Coffey pieces to their growing collections.
Court records indicate that the Singer Company furniture division acquired the company in 1983. But around 1997, the Singer furniture division went bankrupt.
Well, I’m certainly looking forward to fall weather. The weather is cooler but still in the 90s where I live. Great weather for garage/yard sales, but this past Saturday the pickings were pretty slim. There’s always next weekend!