Buying furniture for your home is a huge job and always an ongoing project; so why not take the steps to ensure that the items are authentic and hold their value. Keep things in mind like types of materials used and the condition of the piece. These tips may be able to help you decipher what you want to buy and what you do not!
- Always look for the company’s signature on the piece, this could ensure that it is authentic and a quality item. Also, look for the types of materials used like bronze, glass, etc. because each of these could be an accent used in certain eras allowing you to timestamp the piece.
- Is the item rare or a peculiar color/texture, this could mean that it is a limited edition piece or a special production by the artist.
- What condition is the piece of furniture in: mint, perfect, or good? Pay attention to detail like scratches, cracks, chips, discoloration due to sunlight, OR signs of repair like off color paint and/or glue marks.
- Is it visually pleasing to you? Do not buy an eyesore just because it is a single production item, art and furniture are to be things that you want to gaze at and show off. Desirability shouldn’t blind you as a buyer; always get the piece that speaks to you most!
- Research the time period that a piece of art or furniture was produced in, and if you haven’t heard about the artist or manufacturer, do your research. Sometimes items at estate sales are skipped over because the artist isn’t as popular as others, keep in mind some of the best artists are the ones yet to be discovered!
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