Vintage School Furniture Warehouse {Kinston NC}

I’ve been looking for plastic school chairs to replace our painfully uncomfortable wooden kitchen chairs for a while now. This summer I came upon a Craig’s List ad for what looked like the holy grail of vintage school furniture. Only problem was the guy selling them was located about 2 hours outside of Raleigh. I wasn’t going to drive two hours with the kids and have it not work out. I don’t know about your luck with Craig’s List but about 50% of the time the seller doesn’t show or sells it to someone else.

From the Craig’s List ad I couldn’t quite figure out what the story was with a guy having so many plastic school chairs. Was it a school getting rid of stuff, a state surplus store, or was he a collector. Don’t you love the people you can meet through Craig’s List?

I convinced my husband into making the trip to Kinston this weekend. And it turns out the story with this guy is even stranger. He bought the old Bunyan Elementary School in Kinston and uses it as a warehouse to store and sell all the school furniture he buys at auction. And in return sells it to people, like me, on Craig’s List. Kind of crazy.

If you’re making the trip to Kinston you MUST have lunch or dinner at The Chef & the Farmer, the best meal I’ve ever eaten!


Every single room in the school is filled with old school furniture he has bought at auction. At first I was excited thinking he might have some cool antique pieces taken out of historic schools throughout North and South Carolina. But he said he rarely gets that kind of stuff.


Room after room of chairs. Prices range from $7-$12 per chair. He takes the time to clean all the chairs and replaces the little feet on them.



Anyone else remember being totally excited when the teacher rolled one of these into the classroom. Movie day!

I think he had 2 huge classrooms filled with these old carts. I loved this blueish one. And tried my hardest to talk my husband into letting me get it. But I had no idea where I was going to put it in our tiny house so he won.


And did I mention the hallways were all lined with filling cabinets. They were priced between $40-$75. Not sure if that’s much of a deal or not.

Now I know none of that stuff is all that pretty. And may just bring back terrible memories of Grade 12 Algebra, but it all can be beautiful.

Take a look at these school furniture makeover ideas…

yellow-file-cabinetSource: Country Living



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I only walked away with these two chairs. Now to figure out what to do with them.

If you live in North Carolina and want to check this place out send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll send you his phone number. Or you can look him up on Craig’s List (just search school chairs Kinston). He’ll be more than happy to help you find what you are looking for.

9 thoughts on “Vintage School Furniture Warehouse {Kinston NC}

  1. Please send me contact info for this gentleman. I am in need of classroom tables for our church.
    Thanks so much!
    Sabra Marshburn

  2. I am really interested in knowing where this guy is and how much he charges. I would love one of those roll carts. Possibly some chairs and I might have some to give to him.

  3. What a find Danielle!! wow! I LOVE those carts too – we have some old ones at our school and for some reason I always gaze longingly at them when I walk by them, as though they hold some hidden secret about what they could become in my home;) Can’t wait to see what you do with your chairs!!

  4. That’s so awesome. Of course, I would love to see the school– he should turn it into a b&b or restaurant or store or……but what a fun trip! I love the green shiny chair you bought- very cool.

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