i was first introduced to the world of vintage furniture as an intern working in nyc. i was constantly asked to source items from little antique shops all over the country, and for outstanding prices i might add. while some (most) of it was over-the-top, there is something to be said for "investing" in a piece that holds some greater significance in the world of design.
have a look on ebay (above), you might be surprised at what you can dig up. try a really skeletal or structured piece to add a little contrast to upholstered furniture.
this piece also from ebay. you might even put it on its side and...coffee table
images: one [curated]; two; three; four; five [own entity]; six