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Guide to Buying Antique furniture

Making the decision to purchase a piece of antique furniture for your home can be an excellent choice and may prove to be an excellent investment. You may be one of the many people who want to add an antique piece to their homes as a sign of longevity, or a conversation piece; or you may be hoping that it will add a feeling of luxury and class to your home.

If you have never purchased an antique before, or even if you have, you may be wondering about the best way to go about it and how to make sure you are purchasing a piece that will stand the test of time and have the effect that you are hoping for.

A Few Decisions to Make

There are some things to think about when buying a piece of antique furniture; firstly, you may want to decide exactly what piece of furniture you are looking for. In my opinion, antique pieces are about adding a hint of a particular style to your home, not drowning it. You may need a statement piece for your hall or beautiful seating for your living room, so think about this before you shop or you may find that there are so many nice things that you come home with a house full, which would dilute the effect that your pieces will have when placed in your home.

Where to Shop for That Perfect Piece

There are many different places that you can go to pick up a beautiful antique, from auctions to specialist antique shops; the most important thing is that you can get a feel for a piece and view it in person so that you can really get up close and make sure it is exactly what you are looking for. You can’t be shy when looking for an antique; you need to really make sure it is the right piece for you.

If you decide to purchase from an auction then remember to set a price before you start bidding; that adrenalin rush could cause you to buy a piece for well over what you have budgeted to spend. Going to an antique store may give you the option to haggle for the piece that you want and the option to ask the seller questions about it to get more of a feel for it.

Follow Your Instincts

It is important when you are buying an antique piece for your home – that you really do love it. It is no good getting something that you feel is ‘in fashion’ with a hefty price tag if it just doesn’t suit you. An antique is a statement piece and you need it to make a statement about your style, not somebody else’s. As long as you love what you are buying and it is in good condition (unless you are happy to spend serious money restoring it) then it will be the right piece for you.

The Importance of Condition

Like I said, getting an antique restored can sometimes be quite expensive and time consuming, so you need to decide if that is something that you are happy doing. If not, then it is important that you check the quality of the piece before you agree to buy it. If you want to ensure that your piece is in good condition then purchasing it from a store that deals in already refurbished pieces and can provide quality antiques such as who supply farm tables, wardrobes, mirrors and anything you may need to furnish your home.

So enjoy hunting for your statement piece and remember to love it and enjoy it and it will be well worth its money.