6 Tips on How to Find a Vintage Piece of Furniture
It’s summertime– the season where traveling and moving happens more frequently, and therefore also one of the best times to find used furniture for sale. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro DIY-er, here are a few tips that will help you find and choose the best vintage piece of furniture to restore!
- Know the Secret Spots: The more you explore your area, the more you’ll find the secret spots that are hiding the best vintage furniture– just waiting to be refurbished! I’ve found that vintage furniture can really be found anywhere- from second-hand stores, charity shops, yard sales and estate sales to random pieces found next to a neighborhood dumpster. Sometimes you just get lucky!
- Find an Oldie but a Goodie: The best thing about vintage furniture is that it has been somewhere– it has a story! Whether you learn the story or not, vintage furniture is full of character, and that’s what I love most! However, keep in mind while you’re on the hunt that you want a piece that is old, but not on its last legs. A few dings and dents are manageable, but if the piece is wobbling past the point of repair, let it go and head to the next place.
- Think Ahead: It’s okay if the piece is ugly, as long as it has potential. Does the piece have a nice, versatile shape? Do the dings and dents give the piece character or deteriorate the quality? Envision the piece as a finished product and where it may end up on the next page of its story to help you answer those questions.
- Real Wood is Better: It’s as simple as that– vinyl just doesn’t turn out as well as the real deal.
- Know How to Haggle: Most places selling vintage furniture (including online such as Craigslist or OfferUp) expect you to haggle– after all they’re trying to get rid of it! Always start low, and know the maximum price you are willing to pay going into the deal.
- Handle with Care: Once you’ve come to an agreement with the seller, it’s time to take your new piece home. Always have your vehicle ready to transport the ‘oldie but goodie’, with ample blankets, enough room in the back seat and an easy-going ride home.