We all love something vintage! Like those bell bottom jeans and mum’s old cardigan, things have a way of coming back into fashion, even furniture. The best thing about having something vintage, is if its back in fashion, you know it probably won’t ever go out of fashion. These pieces are loved and special, they can add real character and charm to your home or space.
But, before jumping onto Facebook Marketplace (don’t worry, we do it too), here are some helpful tips and tricks for sourcing vintage furniture and making sure you don’t just end up with something old!
Check the Construction.
Check the construction, how is the piece held together – look for quality. Open drawers and check underneath, can you see nails, glue, joins? Can you see dovetail joins or something that could have been machine made? You’re looking for craftsmanship and quality.
Look for Damage.
Look for damage – Unfortunately, sometimes old/antique pieces can be damaged due to time, changing ownership and just poor upkeep. Before you buy, always check for damages. Is there anything missing? Have repairs been done to the piece? Is there any strain on the joins? Even well made pieces can have a little damage however, you still want to take home a quality piece.
Check for Replacements.
Look for a Name or Brand.
Replicas are out there.
Know your Seller.
Remember, Old doesn’t necessarily mean Vintage!