10 Tips for Buying Vintage Furniture April 10 2018

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Buying vintage furniture can be a fun and interesting way to furnish your home or decorate an office. There are tons of people around claiming to have vintage furniture pieces without understanding what makes a particular piece valuable or not.

That's why you need to know exactly what you're looking at before you buy.

Here are ten tips for choosing some really great vintage furniture:

1) Find a Trusted Broker - There are companies who specialize in vintage furniture. Oftentimes they take vintage pieces on consignment or they take them and restore them before putting them up for sale. They are usually owned and operated by somebody who knows the ins and outs of the vintage furniture industry and can answer your questions.

2) Look for Stamps or Brands - Old school furniture makers were proud of their work. They usually used a stamp or brand to put their name on their furniture somewhere hidden from view, so you may have to turn a piece over to find it.

3) Look at Materials - Particle board and plywood are relatively new creations. While some plywood furniture dates back to the early 1920s, you should really be looking for solid hardwood pieces.

4) Look at the Construction - Certain construction techniques were very common in the past, such as dovetail joints. These techniques predate the glues and hardware that holds most of our modern furniture together.

5) Look at the Hardware - Cast metals and hand-carved wooden knobs were common in vintage furniture. Faux glass, not so much.

6) Embrace the Wear - Even well cared for vintage furniture has had a long and storied life. A few scratches or dents are part of the charm and character of the piece.

7) Mix and Match - It would be a real miracle to find a complete vintage bedroom set or dining room set. More likely you'll be mixing and matching pieces from different designers to create a theme in your space.

8) Be Vigilant - It is highly unlikely that you'll find all the vintage furniture you want at one time. This is more of a collector's sport, and you'll have to keep looking to see what new pieces pop up over time.

9) Familiarize Yourself with Names - There are plenty of big name manufacturers that are recognizable from the past two centuries, but there are dozens of smaller companies who are still worth looking into as well.

10) Ask Questions - This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of your furniture pieces and pass on their story. Take advantage of it.

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