One of the great things about Krrb is that we bring together a community of all different types of buyers and sellers. This week we got to talk to Sam Ferguson about his hobby turned business venture! And he has no plans to slow down, picking up Knoll Saarinen designer pieces and unusual taxidermy here and there. With one look of the items for sale by Sam, you can tell he has a great eye when it comes to scavenging. Keep reading to find out where he goes locally.
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born and raised in Berkeley, California. I currently live in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
What is the best thing in or about the neighborhood you live in?
I love both the diversity and the excitement of the area where I live—it’s a perfect New York neighborhood. We live just on the cusp of both hipster Williamsburg and Hasidic Williamsburg. The world changes block to block.
Where do you go locally to discover great treasures?
Everywhere! Flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, auctions. Sometimes even the sidewalk! My fiancee once picked up a Kofod Larsen penguin chair that someone had discarded and it’s now a treasured piece in our living room.
Today, how often do you go to garage sales, flea markets and the like?
I go all the time, as I buy and sell as a side hobby. Krrb has allowed me to find new customers and meet great people.
What is your most cherished thrifted, secondhand, vintage, upcycled object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
Definitely the Kofod Larsen penguin chair I mentioned above. We’re not getting rid of it anytime soon!
What’s your favorite piece that you’re selling right now?
Probably the Oatmeal Saarinen chairs for Knoll on my corner. I picked up 32 of them in Connecticut, and I’ve so far sold about half. People love the clean look of the lines and the warm color. They are great chairs. Either that, or the warthog!
You have an extraordinary amount of taxidermy on your Krrb corner? Where do you get some these items?
I just posted an assortment of exotic taxidermy I picked up today at an auction. Auctions are one of the best places to hunt, as you literally never know what you’re going to find. It’s where I found that awesome Mid-century Brazilian shag chair a few months back that you can see in my closed listings. I sold it in a day!
Do you ever get attached to a certain piece and don’t end up selling it?
Yes, the Kofod Larsen chair my fiancee found. We just can’t bring ourselves to selling it. I also once found a 1956 Eames lounge chair, with a high-contrast/psychedelic grain pattern on the shells. That chair was so hard to give up!
What’s your personal style of your home?
Ecclectic. We live in a loft in Williamsburg with an industrial look and a rough interior. Our loft is dotted with contemporary and Mid-century items, but we have a few other pieces that don’t fit that mold. I have a professor’s chair from restoration hardware that I love—just a small leather reading chair.
According to your Krrb corner you are a lawyer, writer and a salesman? How do you have time for everything?
In a word, I don’t! I haven’t been practicing law lately. I’ve been hard at work on a book about the Argentine Dirty War for the last several years. Buying and selling Mid-century furniture has allowed me to stay on top of the rent!
Did it start as a hobby and turn into a business?
Absolutely. I started off selling trinkets and random objects on the side, then developed a little niche in the Mid-century market. In just a few months, I’ve gone from selling exclusively to New York buyers to shipping objects around the globe. My items have now gone to nine countries.
Do you sell out of your home? Do you have plans of opening a storefront?
No storefront plans at the moment, unless you count my storage units!
Anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
I’m really good at finding objects. If they have anything that they are looking for, they should contact me and let me know!