Why You Should Be Buying Antique Furniture Right Now

1. The Market Is Overflowing: If you follow the antique market at all, you probably have heard that the furniture market is extremely “soft” right now. This is fueled by baby-boomer retirements and downsizing, as well as city-life loving millennials with small apartments. This means that there is a surplus of secondhand furniture for sale and insufficient demand for all of it to sell. For those in the market for furniture, one can buy complete sets, as well as single unique pieces that are in excellent condition for the fraction of the price of buying new at the retail level. Thinking about going to IKEA or Ethan Allen? You can unquestionably find sturdier, longer-lasting, one-of-a-kind furniture for the same price (or cheaper) in the second-hand marketplaces of auction, estate sales and antique stores or thrift shops.

2. Shopping Secondhand offers Opportunities & Entertainment: With so much furniture on the market, there are many ways to buy antiques and vintage furniture. Regardless of your price point, location, condition concerns, or styles of interest, you will be able to find what you are looking for. Thrift stores & Craigslist are good for shoppers who are looking to spend the least amount of money and have time to sift through a wide and diverse pool of objects. Visiting estate sales in your area can be a great way to spend the day with a friend and explore how others lived and collected. Furniture which has been vetted by a credible dealer or expert will save some time in your pursuit, but may cost a bit more because they are working on behalf of their client and get paid to do so.

Co-Authors: Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA and Becky Lipnick, Communications Coordinator

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  • Liz B.

    This article confirms what I suspected was happening. Millennials are not wanting a lot of the things their parents are handing down. You can also buy full sets of beautiful china for a fraction of the original cost. Silver plate is being given away to donation bins and can bought for a few dollars a piece on resale. I no longer need my huge 1980’s Queen Anne dining room set. I know that no one wants to buy it so I am refreshing it by painted the china closet in a fabulous color and replacing the boring splat backed chairs with upholstered. I am upgrading my look with antiques and pretty vintage decorative objects. Out with the “made in china” in in with quality, beautiful things that bring me joy to look at!

  • Magnusson

    Excellent points, Liz! We love hearing about the ways people refurnish their furniture to make it feel fresh again. Thank you for sharing!

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