Looking for Value in Vintage and Antique Furniture
Old furniture can add a very beautiful, personal touch to any home, and the variety of styles from different periods provides greater choice and therefore more room for individuality in the selection process. Simply adding a nice, well-chosen old end table will bring any room to life.
Searching on the internet can reveal prohibitive prices for antique and vintage pieces, but there very well could be far less expensive examples of the very same treasures right in your community. With a little perseverance, thrift stores can bring the beauty of any other period into your home for next to nothing. True, your search may become discouraging at times, but the occasional find, the one that you grab on sight, knowing that many others would do the same, can change your perspective quite a bit.
If you form the thrifting habit, you may begin to enjoy the challenge. Consider it: People all over drive to malls to do a little recreational shopping, and they often spend much more money than they really should. If you cultivate an enjoyment of digging through junk for the occasional treasure, the searching becomes an emphasis in itself, and you'll buy fewer things and spend less. The things you do find will come at such savings that you'll start to feel pretty smart about money.
If you're not familiar with the styles of past times, there are sure to be auctions online that you can browse, and books on old furniture are easily found in libraries or used book stores. Antique malls and auctions are good places to visit on a quiet Saturday morning. After a while, you'll be able to spot a good piece just by quality of craftsmanship.
If you're good enough at finding bargains in antique and collectible furniture, your habit could even turn into a weekend business. There are many people who don't want to search as you do, and they're willing to pay quite a bit if a piece is particularly attractive or collectible. Today's tougher economic times have made the antique business a little more of a gamble, but if you know what you're doing, you can find the high-demand pieces and make a nice profit.
Whether or not you want to get that deeply into thrifting for antiques, occasionally perusing second-hand stores is a quiet and pleasant pastime. Who knows what you may find? There could be a Hitchcock chair underneath that box of old 8-track tapes. All you have to do is look.
About the Author:
Claire Jarrett is writing on behave of Fleur De Lys Furniture, who are a fine designer furniture outlet in Bristol and offer Dining room furniture online and Furniture shops Bristol