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7 Tips on How to Start an Antique Furniture Collection

When it comes to decorating our homes, many people look for unique pieces and have a story behind them. If this sounds like you, you might want to consider starting an antique furniture collection. Furniture from bygone eras can add character and charm to any space, and there are plenty of ways to get started. Here are a few tips:


1. Know Your Goal


Before you go antique shopping, it's important to know what kind of antique furniture collection you want to build. Whether you're looking for furniture for fun, investment, decoration, or all of these, write down some specific ideas. Doing so will help you stay focused on your research and keep things from getting out of hand.


2. Learn to Spot a Fake


One of the most important things you should know when shopping is how to tell if what you're buying is an authentic antique or not. Look closely at the piece of furniture you're considering purchasing to see if there are any inconsistencies with what you know about antique furniture. Patterns of wear and tear can be helpful, as antique furniture from different periods may have very distinct signs of aging.


3. Research Your Options


When you're shopping, it's important to know your options and how much the pieces typically cost. You might also want to consider antique auctions, where you can bid on pieces. These are great if you're looking for antique furniture pieces that are hard to find, but be sure that you know what furniture pieces are selling for before you start bidding.


4. Learn How Antique Values Work


Antique furniture is valuable because it has a story and value behind it. As such, antique furniture can be sold for several times what you paid for it. Consider antique refinishing or restoration to get the most value from your antique furniture pieces.


5. Consider Setting a Budget


Not all antique furniture is expensive, but if you're on the hunt for furniture that's rare and valuable, you might have to set a budget. Don't let the pieces outside of your price range make you spend what you didn't plan. Instead, think about antique furniture that you can purchase and restore yourself.


6. Decide on a Focus for Your Collection


Once you've decided on the furniture you want to buy, you also need to determine what kind of furniture collection you're creating. Do you prefer chairs, tables, cabinets, or something else entirely? This will help you narrow down your shopping and auction options.


7. Start Collecting Items Gradually, One or Two at a Time


Don't try to shop for antique furniture in your entire collection at once. Start with one piece of furniture, and gradually add other pieces. This will give you time to think about what furniture pieces are best for your space and allow you to add them gradually.


With antique furniture, it's crucial to shop cautiously. Don't purchase furniture that doesn't feel right or antique pieces outside your furniture needs and budget. Above all, antique shopping should be fun!


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