Everyone dreams of having a home filled with antique, investment-worthy furniture. But before you dive in and buy a house full of antiques (and spend a large fortune), it’s important to understand how to shop for antique furniture and some of the pitfalls buyers face. Consider these expert tips when browsing for furniture in local antique shops.
Buy Pieces That You Love
While it’s important to consider the investment potential of every piece you come across, aesthetics is equally as important. In other words, invest in pieces that you love. Remember, you’ll be displaying this furniture in your home, such as pieces that appeal to you.
Whether you’re shopping for antique tables or a simple table lamp, trust your gut and your eye when picking out pieces.
Choose a Deal You Trust
While you may find dozens of antique centres near your home, it’s important to choose a dealer that you trust. Dealers who are passionate about their collection will know and be upfront about the history of each piece in their collection. They will also be able to tell you about any imperfections that may affect the value of the piece.
For example, finding an antique pine furniture dealer is similar to buying any other piece of furniture: you want to ensure that you work with a reputable dealer who will stand by their offerings. And if you’re not happy with the piece, the dealer should be willing to take it back.
Antique furniture dealers can be found all over the internet. Be sure to ask for references before purchasing. A good place to start is a group of antiques sellers.
Be Prepared to Ask Questions
It’s never a good idea to simply buy old furniture blindly – without asking a single question. Ask questions about the history of the piece, and learn more about the era/time period it’s from. The more you know about the piece, the easier it will be to make your final decision. This also presents a good opportunity to test the knowledge of the dealer.
Know Your Antiques
While you don’t need to be an expert, it’s important to have a good understanding of how age affects furniture. Remember, antique dressers and other large pieces of furniture may have obvious imperfections or repairs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the piece has no value. In fact, these may add even more value to the piece.
So, if you find a piece you love, but it’s in need of obvious repairs, don’t dismiss it right away or immediately consider antique restoration. It may be worth your while to leave the piece as-is in its current condition.
Use the Pieces You Buy
While antiques are valuable, it’s important to remember their primary function, and to use each piece appropriately. In other words, you don’t have to live in a museum. Sit on the chairs you buy, and make use of the antique dresser in your guest bedroom. While you should take good care of every piece you purchase, you shouldn’t leave it sitting untouched either.
If you’re new to antiquing, you may feel overwhelmed when buying new pieces. Be sure to ask the dealer plenty of questions about the origin of the piece, and look for a shop that you can trust. Always invest in furniture that you love, and make sure that you actually use it. Start off small, and over time, you’ll watch your collection grow and gain value at the same time.