It’s fair to say that vintage fashion, furniture and trends have had something of a revival in recent years.
Not only are timeless relics from the past considered unique and stylish, but most genuine vintage furniture was crafted in a time when quality and workmanship was much more prevalent than it is in today’s mass market. An article in Homes and Antiques also states how purchasing vintage furniture can be the environmentally friendly option, as it cuts down on the energy and resources needed to make new furniture. Add this with the sheer thrill of finding that perfect, one-off piece at a bargain price and you can soon see why vintage furniture shopping is an enticing prospect for many consumers.
But before you embark on a quest for your dream dresser, wardrobe or chair there are a few things to consider in order to get the most for your money.
Shape and size
It’s important to remember that vintage usually means one-off. So when you are shopping you need to be prepared. If you are looking for a specific item for a specific area of your home, ensure you have taken measurements before you head out. There are no guarantees that your item will still be there later.
Signs of quality
Look for small but relevant signs of quality. Sturdy wood, dovetail joints and an emblem or badge from the designer usually indicate that a piece has been crafted well and built to stand the test of time. Not all vintage is created equal, so watch out for poor joinery, cheap materials and obvious replicas.
Think outside the box
The beauty of vintage is that it spans several decades, each with different styles and trends of their own. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles to create a quirky look. Re-purposing items such as blanket boxes, pallets and even nautical and oars (www.couronnedeco.com/product-category/wall-decor/oars-nautical/) for a killer wall display can result in great interior styles.
Is it salvageable?
Many people purchase vintage furniture with the intention of upcycling. This can be incredibly satisfying and successful in some cases, but not all furniture can be salvaged. Look for deep cracks, tears, stains and other structural damage to the ‘bones’ of the item that will see it end up on the scrap heap.