Obtaining The Best Antique Furniture For Your Home
Even with all of the buzz out there and the interest in holding the best and newest equipment, the value on antiques only seems to increase as time goes on. There’s nothing that’s quite as nice as that rustic, handmade dining room table, or that vintage china cabinet. Antique furniture can make even modernly designed rooms look spectacular, by adding that one element that brings the room together and makes people talk.
Often, people gather antiques from older relatives that have passed pieces along. Sometimes people are looking to get rid of furniture that is just adding too much bulk to their space, so don’t be afraid to ask! Often, you can acquire these pieces for free by just offering to move them!
Don’t have an older relative that can pass some antique furniture your way? Here are some tips on how to get that antique furniture you’ve been dreaming about:
- Simply purchase it. Many furniture stores are aware of the antiquing trend, and sell antiques or make pieces that look as if they are antiques. The downside to this method is that they can often be expensive. If you have the budget, investing in an antique can really be worth your while, as antiques often only increase in value through time.
- Hit up some garage sales and thrift stores. People are constantly trying to clean out their homes, especially around springtime after being shut up for the winter, or if they are expecting to move sometime soon. If you have large amounts of it, furniture can take up too much space, but is also extremely inconvenient to move. Many people opt to have garage/yard sales as a way to get rid of their things, without the expense or heavy labor. Take advantage of this! As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Because these people are anxious to rid of these items, you can often get them cheap, or barter to get them even cheaper. Thrift stores are also a great option, as used items are often cheaper.
- Ask around. People move often, and as consumers are constantly looking to buy the newest hot ticket item. As they consume more, they also must eliminate things they already own to make space. You never know, perhaps John’s new massaging recliner chair with a beer cooler in the armrest is taking the place of a one hundred-year-old rocking chair that his grandmother was looking to get rid of! Not everyone places a high value on antiques, so you may be able to acquire really great pieces, often for free!
- Age something yourself. If it is the look of an antique you’re going for, you are crafty and unable to find real antiques within your price range, you may be able to find newer pieces, or build something yourself with thrifted lumber and then create the look of an antique all on your own. There are many tutorials out there that will explain how to whether and age furniture, mostly having to do with strategically damaging the material to create a weathered look and then staining the piece in a specific way.
- Don’t pass by an item too quickly. Whether it’s an item from your grandmother, a friend of a friend, or a piece you’re about to disregard at a garage sale, this may be one of the most important tips out there. Even if it is not exactly what you envisioned, look at the item more closely before deciding it’s not what you want. It may be an antique that is not the exact style you want, but perhaps there is something you can do to make it your own. Would staining that light oak to a deep cherry change your mind? Whether it’s through refurbishing or changing an older item, or purchasing a newer item and aging it yourself, try to envision ways that you can make this item your own. You may find that what you’ve been searching for has been under your nose all along.