Thinking of buying your first piece of antique furniture? Looking for the perfect antique furniture is not as easy as it seems to be.
Many of the available pieces, such as antique dining sets, bedroom sets, and living room sets are elegantly crafted works of art holding decades of memories. The characteristic luxuriance of these pieces is a far cry from today’s contemporary furniture designs. One of the best things about finally finding that piece of antique furniture that speaks of your taste and style is that you get to keep it forever or pass it on from your generation to the next and so forth…
One of the first pieces of antique furniture that you can purchase is an antique coffee table. When people hear the words coffee tables, they immediately think of living rooms. What most people don’t know is that a beautifully crafted antique coffee table can actually be used at any room in your house. This piece furniture is very versatile in its uses and you will definitely get your money’s worth.
A coffee table that is well made, durable and elegant can be used as a corner table or serving in your dining room, a place to entertain your guests at the patio or balcony, a bed side stand, and typically, as a centerpiece in your living room.
Try to find a piece that speaks about your style and personality. Because it can go in any room of your home, and can easily blend in with the other existing furniture, the perfect coffee table can act as an accent in any room that can flow through all the living spaces.
Antique Coffee Tables and Fakes
In finding one, try not to be very casual about it. Sometimes, there are good coffee table replicas circulating in the market and you might just be fooled into buying the wrong type. An untrained eye won’t be able to tell an antique one from a fake one because the latter would’ve been chemically treated to look real.
There is nothing wrong with buying a “new” antique-looking furniture if that is indeed what you are looking for. But if you are on the prowl for the authentic one and are ready to make huge cash deposits, then make sure you have your choice looked and evaluated by an expert.
Where to Look to Find Great Antiques
There are a variety of areas you can visit to find a great antique coffee table or any antique furniture for that matter. It requires a bit of research, patience and hard work but if you really want one, the effort and excitement will all be part of hunt.
Check out these places when looking for authentic furniture pieces:
- Estate auctions. They usually advertise on your local newspapers so be sure to check the classified ads. Yellow pages are also a good place to start when looking for estate auctions.
- Goodwill or a second-hand store.
- Yard and garage sales. Big garage sales are also usually advertised on your local newspaper. Be sure to come early as the good ones are always the ones that get bought right away.
- Local antique stores. If you don’t mind paying more money, then a sure bet would be your local antique store.
- Ebay. You can try your luck here but be wary of replicas. Research about the seller and try to see if he/she gets good ratings from other buyers.
With all these information, you are now ready to purchase your first piece of antique furniture. Start with a piece of antique coffee table since it can go anywhere inside your home. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked and you’d be getting sets of antique furniture in the future. Happy shopping!