Since the day 11 years ago when she fell for a ’60s TV cabinet at an antiques mall in Kansas City, MO, Tobe Reed has been hooked on the hunt for cast-off pieces with potential. “It’s how you feel about a pair of broken-in jeans — there’s a softness and comfort you don’t get with something new, and usually the price is right,” says Tobe, a graphic designer by day who turned her hobby of collecting other people’s junk into a side business, 200 Main, that she runs on Chairish with her mom. So of course, when Tobe and her husband, Eric, upgraded from a loft to a four-bedroom brick Colonial in Overland Park, KS, in 2011, Tobe left no resale storefront unturned or website unsearched.
One of her first scores: the vintage Persian rug in the living room that she found on eBay for $650. “It was a steal for the condition and the size,” she recalls. “When it was delivered, I hauled it inside by myself with strength from the adrenaline!” That blissful feeling of snagging a great find continued as she furnished her home with vintage chairs, quirky light fixtures and the coolest baby changing table ever. The result is a beautifully collected and totally unique look. “When you shop secondhand, you won’t find the same thing in anyone else’s home,” she says. “Used pieces give a room soul.”