Shopping online is quite common these days, but there is one area that has not been has highly impacted by the world of online shopping as most. That is the area of purchasing vintage and antique furniture. One of the main reasons for this is because most people prefer to purchase this type of furniture locally because of the high shipping costs associated with buying large furniture pieces from sellers who are not local.
With that being said, the market for vintage furniture is quite good. There are many different great types of furniture available. Purchasing vintage furniture for your home can be a great way to add a bit of flair to your decor as there are many great pieces available. However, because the market for this type of furniture is so large, it can be a bit confusing if you do not know exactly what you are looking for.
Types of Antique and Vintage Furniture
For many years collectors throughout the United States have focused on different furniture styles from the 19th century. Some of the most popular styles and categories of furniture include, Chippendale, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Federal Style, and the different styles that fall into the Victorian category such as Rococo Revival, Gothic Revival, Eastlake, and Renaissance Revival.
Recently, within the past couple of decades there have been more modern 20th century styles that have gained a lot of popularity. Some of these include art deco, arts and crafts (for example mission oak style), and more increasingly the Mid-Century modern such as Heywood Wakefield, Danish, Eames, etc.
Planning your Collection
Whether you are planning to start collecting vintage furniture of if you just want a few pieces for your home or office space, the most important thing to consider when you begin is the quality of the vintage furniture that you are buying.
When you are shopping for vintage furniture make sure that you carefully look over the piece to make sure that it is has been well cared for. The finishes should be original as should the hardware.
One of the best things that you can do is research the history of the piece. Learn about who it was made by and the originality as there are mass produced reproductions of almost every piece and style on the market.
Finally, when it comes to vintage furniture only buy what you like as furniture styles will go in and out and the value will fluctuate up and down based on this.