Yes,it's pretty hard to find any real wood in the tossed out pieces these days.re lane dumping, finding used cabinets & other furniture at 2nd hand stores, kijiji, habitat reStores. Ours is probably the last generation that will still be able to find a few valuable older solid wood pieces here & there, among the tossed particle board & plastic flotsam.used to be a TV series called Canadian Pickers...they would get a tip and visit estate sales, old barns, and peoples attic looking for a "score" at cheap prices, then sell the item again without doing anything to it for a profit...too many of those around these days,even legitimate antique dealers have a hard time getting their hands on real antiques these days.unbelievably, some people are still throwing out the fine old pieces. Fine old is becoming harder & harder to find, though, because the antique pickers always get there first.Workmanship from a bygone era that will never come again. Any kind of period furniture can go for a fortune at these antique auctions..such as the ones we see on TV.me i feel we owe it to the history of humanity to preserve the fine old pieces of a century ago whenever we happen to stumble upon them. The workmanship in everything made prior to World War I - in cabinet-making, in jewellery, in silver-smithing, in iron-working, in dress-making, weaving, knitting - was of a standard that has never been met since. The most ordinary pearl button, cut from an oyster shell to be sewn onto the cuff of a linen shirt in 1910, was an exquisite work of art.