The Value of Vintage over “Disposable” Furniture – Part 2
There was a time not long ago when people spent some of their free time “antiquing” and “feeling the thrill of the chase” to find something few others had, especially for a little bit of money. All it takes is a little more time to seek out these “diamonds in the rough” and you will be investing in something you will be proud of and pleased with for many years to come. It may be easier to walk into a big box furniture store and pick from their inventory, but the satisfaction you’ll get from using your knowledge to find older quality items and “win” them for a bargain price will far outweigh the convenience of buying new.
As I mentioned in the first part of this series, the products of this current era of “disposable” furniture is low quality, cheaply made and short-lived items with no “heirloom” or collector qualities. Now, every item you have probably isn’t something that was passed on to you, but you can find many items of furniture made before1970 (yes they don’t have to be old fragile antiques) that are of a much higher caliber than almost anything made today. Many of these pieces are right in your own town, being sold at tag & estate sales, consignment shops and local auctions.
All kinds of treasures!
I encourage you to take some time to try looking for a previously owned item next time you want a “new” piece of furniture. Arm yourself with some knowledge and see how well you can do at finding a well-made, functional and beautiful piece. I even see it as an “environmental win” since that will be one more item that won’t be thrown out and end up in a landfill…and on top of that you’ll be keeping your money you spent in the local economy even when a local restorer or refinisher has to bring it back to it’s original beauty!