Of UsedVictoria.com’s 600,000 monthly users, a substantial number are looking for household furniture. And out of those shoppers, approximately five per cent are in search of teak.
Why? Well, teak was particularly popular for building mid-century modern furnishings, currently a huge trend in the world of home decor. It’s also relatively rare, a type of birch, indigenous to South Asian countries such as Laos and Thailand. Rarity always increases demand and price point, so it’s a given that it’s a much searched for item on a classifieds site.
Teak is extremely resilient and can be used outdoors or in. Resistant to termites and wood rot due to its high oil content, once you have a piece of teak furniture, you can be guaranteed to have it forever, an heirloom as such.
On UsedVictoria.com, teak has been a popularly searched item since mid-2012, but really hit its stride in the summer of 2013, when on a single day in July over 4,000 individuals searched for the allure that is teak.
It continues to rank as one of only two woods commonly searched for on the site, though its compadre, oak, is some ways behind. A search on UsedVictoria.com today will provide no less than 12 pages of teak furniture, from Scandinavian salt and pepper shakers to Mad Men style sofas. For stylish, durable furniture, take a peek at the teak.
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