Where to buy vintage furniture online
When looking to buy furniture, don’t forget to look into the past. After all, they say good design never goes out of style. There are many reasons to buy a piece of vintage furniture – it’s typically a unique item that not many other people have, it’s eco-friendly, and the quality is higher than many pieces that are mass-produced in off-shore factories.
As more and more people realize the benefits of buying vintage, the trend grows, and the number of places you can buy antiques, vintage and mid-century does too.
Of course you can spend your time perusing yard sales, thrift shops and vintage stores. But if you prefer scrolling instead of strolling, get online and let the interwebs present you with thousands of results.
So, how do you find the best places to find cool antiques online? There are many online shops for antiques, but we’re here to discuss another method of buying vintage items... At auction!
If you have never bought at auction, you’re in for a treat. Here are three reasons you should consider buying vintage specifically at auction: quality, story, and price.
Our vintage furniture and antiques come from fine estates from all over the US. Using the words “fine estates” may bring dollar signs to mind, however the vintage pieces in our auctions range from moderate/low-budget all the way up to high-ticket items. There’s a lot of variety!
A professional appraiser investigates each piece carefully, inspecting not just the quality, but also it’s maker, rarity, complexity, and authenticity (just to name a few). These among, other factors, are all taken into consideration. Here is a more in-depth explanation of how the appraisal process works.
At the end of the day, the goal is to arrive at a fair market value. But don’t be mistaken – it’s more than just slapping a price tag on it. The appraiser’s job is to also take the time to understand an item’s origin and history. Each piece has a story, and the auction house is there to tell it, not just sell it.
Along with the provenance (the history) and the condition of a piece, the result of the appraisal process is to determine its value. Certified appraisers and licensed auctioneers are held to an ethical standard when arriving at an estimate.
The best part for the bidder is that they pay the exact price they’re willing to pay, or even less if there is not a lot of competition on that specific item.
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