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Know Where and How to Shop For Antique Furniture Pieces

Aug 19, 2008
Many people go for antique furniture pieces primarily because of the elegance and style that it can provide to the interior ambiance of a house, an office or other areas. Prior to buying and collecting antique pieces however, the antique collector should first be equipped with knowledge as to where and how to shop. Below are some popular tips that should be considered:

Where to shop

a. It is best to buy antique furniture pieces from single owner shops or specialized antique stores than in antique shops that are in malls. Such will offer a more personal service at a more reasonable and affordable price. Specialized shops also offer a wider selection of choices.

b. In cases where the antique collector is looking for more affordable prices, the best places to go to are the flea markets and antique garage sales. Look for flea market or antique fair ads in the internet or in local print publications.

c. In case the antique collector is after antique items that are sold at highly discounted prices, he can opt to buy in sets or in bulk. He should also prefer buying from single-owner shops where he can directly negotiate the price with the owner.

d. One can also opt to buy antique furniture pieces in auctions. Doing so will provide the antique collector with the chance to save on the mark-up price of most antique shops. However, make sure that the auction house provides guarantees for its products.

What to check before buying the piece

a. Before buying any antique furniture piece, it is best to examine the history of the furniture. This background check includes the identification of its manufacturer, the year when it was manufactured, the hardware used for its construction, its previous owners and the like.

b. A thorough review of the process and schedule of previous maintenance procedures for the furniture piece should be made. Examine when it was last refurnished or restored. Identify who restored the piece and what restoration processes did he apply. Such will be useful in assessing the condition of the antique piece.

c. A systematic and meticulous inspection of the antique furniture piece should be made so as to determine if such is in good condition. The furniture should also be examined for any apparent signs that may indicate an immediate need for restoration and refinishing in the near future. Check if there are wormholes on the surface of the wood piece. Examine if there are saw marks visible on the surfaces, at the back of the chests, or under tables. There should also be no exposed cracks, scratches, and other disfiguring marks.

d. A close look on the styles, designs, and markings on the antique piece should be made in order to determine if the antique is an original piece or if it is just a reproduction. Examine the size of the surfaces and boards on tabletops and dressers. Examine the nails and wood pieces that were used in the piece and relate it with the history of furniture construction. Check if secondary wood are visible anywhere in the furniture's surface or in its inside drawers.
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Driscolls Antiques is a leading supplier of quality antiques and antique furniture. Benedict Yossarian is a freelance Internet Marketing Consultant that can help maximize your exposure online.
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