True Story: I Regret Selling My Brass Coffee Table

Living room with brass coffee table.

Lauren Zillinger for Laura Metzler Photo

I’ve always been one to frequently switch out my furniture and décor, and when you pair that tendency with lots of extra time at home over the past year, it should be no surprise that I’ve made some hasty decisions in the design department.

I’ll start out by saying that not all quick decorating decisions are bad ones by any means. Since I greatly enjoy shopping on platforms such as Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist—where finds are often one-of-a-kind and move quickly—I’m used to being impulsive when it comes to pieces. Wait too long, and you’ll be sure to miss out on that hot item. My inclination to message a seller within minutes has often served me well in securing an awesome find. 

However, living in a small space means that when I bring something new in, another piece must go out, which often means listing it on one of the aforementioned sites for a quick pickup. And while I generally don’t have too much seller’s regret, I’ve found myself longing for one sold item in particular: my brass and glass coffee table.

While I generally don’t have too much seller’s regret, I’ve found myself longing for one sold item in particular: my brass and glass coffee table.

Overhead view of coffee table with decor.

Lauren Zillinger for Laura Metzler Photo

I had purchased this piece on Facebook Marketplace for just $80 and was able to resell it for a higher price, so it wasn’t about the money. I always appreciate a good, small flip when possible. I decided to sell the piece because I had been getting tired of cleaning streaks off the glass top and was craving something a bit more postmodern—I’m loving all kinds of marble pieces these days. Yet now, when I look back at old photos of my living room, I realize how much that brass and glass table truly stood out and made the space shine.

I don’t dislike my current setup by any means, but I do wish I considered how difficult it would be to secure a similar looking brass table down the line should I wish to return to that look. I’ve browsed a bit, but most of the similar pieces I’ve come across have been more tarnished looking or not quite my style.

If you’re also mourning a discarded or sold-out piece, fear not: something similar will come your way again, you just have to be patient. It’s only been a few months since I sold my table, so I haven’t given up all hope yet. Plus, you may find something even better in the process of searching. What I love so much about resale sites is that they often expose me to furniture styles I would never have known to search for or how to describe, such as the postmodern marble look I mentioned above.

Our interior styles are always evolving, after all, and that’s by no means a bad thing.

And, remember this: if you’re someone who buys and sells pieces frequently, you’re bound to change your mind again soon anyway. What speaks to you now may not ignite the same fire six months or a year down the line. View this as an opportunity to be open to new finds. Our interior styles are always evolving, after all, and that’s by no means a bad thing.

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