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Choosing to buy vintage furniture over new furniture not only helps the environment, but assures that you are buying good quality items, and gives your home a unique and fashionable look for less.

Shopping for vintage furniture is now easier than ever thanks to the many online shops. There are plenty of websites that sell vintage pieces from different eras for an affordable price, but there are some things you need to know before you start shopping.

Read on to learn seven tips for buying vintage furniture.

1. Research, Research, Research!

With so much vintage furniture available online on sites like Eames and in-person stores, it’s important to know what you need before you go looking or risk getting overwhelmed.

It is also important to research beforehand so that you can get a grasp on the pricing of items. You want to avoid sticking to one site without comparing prices for similar items elsewhere.

2. Check for Quality

Before you make any purchases, make sure to confirm that the item is in good condition. However, don’t be afraid of some small scratches and loose parts. Vintage furniture is bound to have some wear and tear after years of use.

It should be inexpensive and easy to restore older furniture, but make sure you know what you’re getting into when purchasing an item. If you notice defects, make sure to try to bargain!

Lastly, ask for close up photos of the item you’re eyeing. Confirm that if the piece has any drawers, cabinet doors, etc, they are all functional.

3. Remember That Shipping Could Take Some Time

When shopping for vintage furniture, it can take weeks and even months to finally get your furniture delivered.

Take that into account when you’re shopping for essential pieces like chairs for your dining table or a couch. Arrange for temporary seating arrangements or hold off on having many guests until your furniture comes in.

Keep the cost of shipping on your mind as well, it can add a lot to the total price of the furniture.

4. Compare Pieces to Modern Versions

If you have a specific look in mind or want a specific item, it is best to compare your finds to modern versions. This will help you compare prices and it will help you determine if buying vintage is worth it.

Vintage pieces are often higher quality, but that can make them much more expensive than modern pieces.

5. Buy Unknown Brands

Although a well-known brand name from certain a certain era is appealing, it will be way more expensive compared to lesser-known brands. Lesser known brands from the same era will give you the look you want at a lower price.

6. Make Sure the Furniture Fits in Your Home

Take measurements of the space you’re trying to furnish before you start shopping and always ask the retailer for specific measurements whether you’re shopping online or in-person. You don’t want to have something sent to your house that doesn’t fit well!

7. Stick to a Look

Decorating your home with vintage furniture can give you a fun and eclectic look, but it can be easy to go overboard with the mismatching.

By using sites like Pinterest you can put together a cohesive look-book for your home. Remember to carefully select furniture that will complement the decor you already have in your home.

Now You’re Ready to Decorate Your Home With Vintage Furniture!

Shopping for vintage furniture can be a fun and rewarding process while also being inexpensive. With these tips, you’re ready to begin the treasure hunt for unique furniture for your home.

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