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The 1stDibs online marketplace is the place to look for second-hand designer items

Then there’s the Finnish-designed wool-covered Tipi chair disguised as a big chicken for $20,000 that your living room won’t be complete without. We speak now.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, there’s also a shoppable catalog, in the vein of a design magazine, with inspirational styling of different pieces and details of each piece of furniture, including dimensions. Celebrities such as Kate Hudson have teamed up with the website to “curate” an auction listing with their favorite items from the listings. Chic.

Sydney-based interior designer Greg Natale. Felix Forest

It may be gaining momentum, but 1stDibs has been a hit in architect and interior design circles for years.

Award-winning interior designer Greg Natale, known for his bold application of pattern and color, says 1stDibs allows him to achieve the “very neat, collected look” that’s currently in vogue.

He recently spent, on behalf of the owner, “hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars” fitting out his new home overlooking Balmoral Beach in Sydney’s posh suburb of Mosman.

“About half the house was furnished by 1stDibs…we shopped in a storm,” Natale says.

Among his favorite pieces are a set of 1960s Augusta Savigni dining chairs for US$8,500 ($12,780) and an Italian globe chandelier bought from a dealer in Paris.

Greg Natale spent “hundreds and hundreds of thousands” on 1stDibs to furnish this house in Mosman. Greg Natale

Even though there are plenty of bargains to be had, the cost can quickly add up, especially if parts require restoration or when you add international shipping. Customs duties are also not included in the total price shown.

Maybe the chicken chair will have to wait.