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Furniture

Postby thomas.fontaine » Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:56 pm

Isaan members, I have never came across a decent furniture shop in Isaan that would provide traditional thai style furniture at a reasonable price (say between 5k to 40k a piece, depending on size...) and reasonably old (50 to 100 years).

Does anybody know what I am looking for?
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Re: Furniture

Postby jazzman » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:15 am

If you mean the glossy varnished solid wood furniture - which would look very nice in your house - the best places to look are the markets on the car parks of supermarkets, or to drive round the countryside.
Some of the best places are in Nong Khai province near the Lao boarder, particularly in the Tha Li, Ta Bo, and Sri Chiang Mai areas. The wood is smuggled across the river. In Lao, I know several village furniture 'factories' in the countryside around Vientiane, but you will need either an export licence, or several 1,000 baht notes to get it across the Friednship Bridge.
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Re: Furniture

Postby thomas.fontaine » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:06 am

Yes, these are the ones I am looking for. You mean that I just need to show up in the area, drive around and surely I will find them, or is there any particular shop you would recommend?
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Re: Furniture

Postby jazzman » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:22 am

There are no 'shops'. They are small roadside 'ateliers'.
To save time, you should look at the ones on the car parks of TESCO, Carrefour, BigC etc. The quality is the same.
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Re: Furniture

Postby thomas.fontaine » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:37 pm

Ouh la la! I am afraid I will not find what I want in the shopping centers like BigC, Tesco and the like. I am actually looking for an alternative from those. For example, here, in Kuala Lumpur, you can find authentic old chinese or tibetan wooden furniture for less than 15,000 baht. I have already considered to buy what I need from here and send them to Thailand but I am a bit nervous with the custom duties in Thailand. I have already experienced surprises in this matter before.
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Re: Furniture

Postby jazzman » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:44 pm

In that case, maybe you should be looking at some of the specialist shops in Bangkok.
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Re: Furniture

Postby thomas.fontaine » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:30 pm

May be. So far, the only places I managed to find in Bangkok are antique shops with prices starting from 100k and up to 10000..000xxx. I was hoping to find something somehow in the middle :?
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Re: Furniture

Postby FarangIsan » Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:02 pm

thomas.fontaine wrote:May be. So far, the only places I managed to find in Bangkok are antique shops with prices starting from 100k and up to 10000..000xxx. I was hoping to find something somehow in the middle :?


Not sure what you are looking for anymore!

If it's something like this ...

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... you should try to make it to NongKhai City somewhere between 5 and 15 march (not sure about the timing) we have a "rummage sale" (Google translation for what we Belgians, as well in Dutch as in French call a braderie) here by then with a lot of this kind of furniture for sale.
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Re: Furniture

Postby thomas.fontaine » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:37 pm

I finally managed to find the type of furnitures I was looking for for so long...in Bangkok, at the Chakutchak market. We bought a couple of these. I recognize this is a bit expensive, around 25k bahts for this one:

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They are 100 years old approx. I don't believe they are available in Isaan, are they?
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