Antique furniture adds extra charm and class to your home, but buying an older piece of furniture is much different than buying it new. So how do you start?
First off, you’ll likely be buying it from an auction house, antique store, or flea market instead of a reputable retail store. Sometimes you can also find these pieces online, but it’s always best to examine them in person. Try to scope out the different antique stores, flea markets, etc. in your area and see what kinds of items they sell. Get to know the salespeople or vendors, get information on the items, and wait for bargains. If an item has been sitting out for a while, sellers will lower the price, and by checking in often, you can take advantage of this.
Try to find a signature, label, or stamp
You want to make sure that the item you’re looking at is a genuine, antique item and not just a knock-off. To ensure this, find a signature, label, or stamp showing who it was made by and when. You may not always find one, especially if it’s from the 17th or 18th centuries, but if you do then that will tell you a lot about the item. Check the backs and undersides of drawers, or the back or bottom of the entire piece.
Look for quality
You should make sure the item was made well and is still in good shape. Ensure that the materials and workmanship are high quality and check that the item works as it should. Drawers should slide in and out easily, and frames should be sturdy, not shaky.
Don’t be deterred by scratches
You want to try and find gently used furniture, but the older the piece, the more likely you’ll find scratches. Surface scratches, however, can be fixed, so don’t let those minor flaws scare you away. If the item you’ve picked out does have defects, use that as an opportunity to bargain for a better price. Then, bring it to Design Craft Upholstery. We can restore your antique item so it looks like new again.