There are plenty of higher end furniture stores around - check your local phone-book. The question is, are you prepared to pay for higher quality? If you are used to Marlo/IKEA type crap, you are in for some serious sticker shock. Where you might pay a couple of hundred for Marlo crap, you will pay a couple of thousand for good furniture. We paid $10k for our dining room set which is Thomasville and not entirely solid wood although most of it is. It does have some plywood which is common even in mid-range makers like Thomasville. We have a Stickley writing desk that we paid over $1500 for that is 100% solid wood and even the secondary pieces are cherry. You truly get what you pay for in furniture.
I would avoid particle board wood furniture entirely but there is nothing wrong with using plywood for secondary pieces (what can't be seen). Research the maker of whatever you decide and make your decision from that. If you can't locate a maker on the piece, or if you can but can't find any info on the maker, it is most likely cheap Indonesian furniture, which has taken over a lot of the cheap furniture market lately.
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Look for used stuff on Craigslist. IKEA does have some real wood stuff (usually unfinished pine). I prefer to do my own finishes since I like to put more (more like way more) coats of polyurethane on most horizontal surfaces than one normally gets pre-finished furniture.
I bought a solid oak entertainment center console table at an "unfinished furniture" store in Dallas, TX years ago for a decent price. These stores generally have free lessons on how to prep and finish the furniture yourself, or they'll finish it for you for a fee. I believe they sell mostly solid wood furniture.
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