One of the most sought after types of furniture is that known as “vintage”. The problem is that not many people know the difference between vintage and antique furniture. In most cases, vintage furniture consist of pieces that have been in existence for the last 30-100 years. If it is more than 100 years old, it is known as an antique.
Even among the vintage furniture pieces, those dating between 1950 and 1980 are known as retro. Anything from 1980 onwards is considered used furniture. Thus any furniture featuring modern style from mid-century popular from the outset of the 21st century are known as vintage or retro.
However that doesn’t mean that all old furniture from that period are all considered vintage. Before a piece is referred to as vintage furniture, it must be good enough to be used an example of a popular style from that time period. The piece doesn’t have to be from a popular manufacturer or well-known line; as long as it exhibits characteristics from that era, it is vintage.
Here are reasons for the growing popularity of vintage furniture:
1. Have a Unique Look
(Above photo - Vintage art deco console tables from Canonbury Antiques )
With the progress of time, the rarity of vintage furniture pieces makes them uniquely different. When you include them in your home, they can alter your décor with great effect. You cannot possibly compare vintage furniture to the newer modern furniture.
Essentially, vintage furniture have been in existence for more than 10 decades. Thus you could narrow down to specific retro/vintage era. By picking different furniture pieces made with the same style, you can create a semblance of uniformity in your home décor. Alternatively, you can choose to work with furniture pieces from different eras in the entire period that defines vintage. Thus, you may want to create uniformity by choosing furniture with uniform elements such as color.
2. More Affordable
(Above photo - More vintage art deco furniture from Canonbury Antiques )
Are you looking for fine-quality furniture on a budget? If “yes”, then buying vintage pieces is the way to go. Having vintage furniture provides an element of luxury to your home albeit on a budget. You will pay much less than if you were to buy similar new furniture.
3. Going Green
If you have considered yourself a friend of the earth, the best way to show your love is buying vintage furniture. How does that work? First, you prevent old furniture from ending up in the landfill. Also, you won’t have to buy newer furniture, which is made from freshly-harvested wood. Having been in existence for a long time, the furniture have got rid of all toxins in glue and finishes. For extra finishing, choose non-toxic products.
Where to Buy Vintage Furniture
(Above photo - Vintage interiors in Hertfordshire UK )
Are you looking to buy vintage furniture? There are many places to look including online retailers, estate sales, auction websites, live auctions, yard sales, garage sales, and second-hand stores. As you sift through the available pieces, you will be surprised how adventurous the whole experience is. You may have try a number of the sellers before finding what you want. Good luck!
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