Influencers. Trendsetters. Tastemakers. The discerning gay men behind this site’s inspiration are style arbiters in their own right. Their homes and closets overflow with the latest gadgets, enviable fashions and one-of-a-kind furnishings. When they decide to part with their prized home decor for one reason or another (offloading a pied-à-terre, anyone?), we’re there to pick up the surplus and bring it to you.
Do you have to be a gay man to use the site? Of course not.
We are a destination online marketplace for new and previously owned home furnishings and decor, sourced from designers, influencers and, of course, the ever-tasteful gay man. We are a trusted editor for those looking to furnish and decorate their homes beautifully and affordably; the curated alternative to large e-commerce sites, offering a boutique experience viewed through the coveted lens of the design-savvy gay man.
For shoppers, we provide a unique opportunity to discover stylish pieces at accessible prices. For sellers, we offer a platform to find loving homes for your goods, and share a more lucrative split than traditional consignment. Our goal is to introduce exceptional home furnishings and décor in a convenient forum that streamlines and enriches the shopping experience for everyone.
It All Started with Douglas
We all want a gay best friend—someone clever, witty, and über-stylish who makes life more entertaining. Meet Douglas, a painter by trade but also an organic farmer, a music aficionado, the host with the most, and without question the person you hope to be seated next to at a dinner party. Oh, and of course he has fabulous taste.
We’ve watched our pal Douglas oversee countless home purchases, remodels, and reinventions over the years. There was the midcentury modern, the Ralph Lauren classic, the urban Zen…and along the way, there have also been castoffs. A lot of castoffs.
Some pieces went to the housekeeper, other things to the local white elephant. Truthfully, they usually went to whoever showed up first with a truck, because once the redo was in process, everything needed to go.
Therein lay our aha moment! What savvy collector wouldn’t want access to these high-end, eclectic, beautiful, and often one-of-a-kind gems—always tasteful, always mint condition, but out of reach for most buyers at their full retail price?
After we finally intercepted one of these items before it circulated, the idea for Previously Owned by a Gay Man was born. After that, the online-consignment concept was a no-brainer. Beyond the basic principles of “reuse, reduce, recycle” and “one man’s trash…,” you need only consider how many pages of shelter magazines feature the homes of chic gay men to realize that this concept is a foolproof formula.
Previously Owned by a Gay Man. Openly Good Furniture.