5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Vintage Furniture

When looking to enhance the look and feel of a space, consider introducing some vintage furniture. Vintage furniture pieces are beautiful and unique additions that tell a story, bring a sense of worldliness and history, and inject so much character and personality into a room.

The feeling of sourcing and owning a truly unique or even one-off vintage piece can be very fulfilling. That said, the process of purchasing the perfect vintage furniture piece for your space can seem quite intimidating at first. Below are some of the common mistakes that people make when buying vintage furniture pieces so you can avoid them and make informed decisions.

5 Mistakes that Buyers Make When Purchasing Vintage Pieces

Not Purchasing for Long-Term Investment.

The key is to ensure that you are purchasing pieces that will last. The aged patina on a vintage piece is beautiful, but some other signs of ageing may indicate that the furniture needs work. When purchasing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you done sufficient research on that piece?
  • Is it a piece you will treasure?
  • What condition is it in?
  • Where did the piece originate?

Not Researching the Dealer or Furniture Showroom

There is no shortage of vintage dealers online. However, before placing your purchase, confirm that the dealer is reputable with good reviews. The idea is to have good knowledge of the product you are after and the dealer selling it.

Overlooking The Print Terms

Understandably, vintage furniture can be expensive. Before purchasing an item on a deal that seems too good to be true, it’s important to confirm it is original and not a dupe. Most pieces that say “attributed to” or “in the style of” are reproductions of original items. Authentic vintage furniture pieces that have not been restored will have natural wear and tear and show genuine signs of ageing.

Forgetting to Test the Product Beforehand

If you can inspect the piece before purchasing it, ensure everything functions properly. Test the drawers, the legs, and check the joints to ensure the item is stable. This will make it easier to determine if the piece needs some repairs and whether they are worth it.

Being Blinded by Imperfections

It is normal for vintage furniture to have a few imperfections here and there, and they give the piece personality and character. Most faults can be fixed with skilled restoration services, allowing you to give the piece a new life. By adding a newly upholstered cushion on a vintage chair, you can enhance your space with a mix of old and new.

Explore the Best Selection of Vintage Furniture in Toronto

Vintage furniture pieces are like pieces of art. They warm up a space and add personality. For people passionate about vintage furniture, it is an expression of a personal point of view and perspective on the greater history of design.

At Carrocel, we have an extensive selection of vintage furniture pieces to browse through and find the perfect piece. Our friendly and resourceful staff will help you find the right furniture that suits your needs and home.

The uncompromised quality of our vintage furniture is a representation of the Carrocel brand. Visit our 20,000 sq. ft. furniture showroom and see what we have to offer. You can also call Carrocel today at 416-999-2525 to speak to our furniture and design experts.

Pair of Original Pencil Reed Rattan Sculptural Ear Chairs

  • Pair of Original Pencil Reed Rattan Sculptural Ear ChairsAll original and in excellent condition
  • Unique curved shape with infinity rattan design
  • Pair of Original Pencil Reed Rattan Sculptural Ear Chairs

Mid-Century Modern Modular Directional Sofa Upholstered in Boucle Fabric

  • Mid-Century Modern Modular Directional Sofa Upholstered in Boucle FabricFully restored by Carrocel in high-quality white Boucle designer fabric
  • Fully modular design
  • Mid-Century Modern Modular Directional Sofa Upholstered in Boucle Fabric

French Art Deco Round Occasional Table

  • French Art Deco Round Occasional TableRound bevelled top rosewood
  • Four-legged pedestal accented by an inset Lucite centre piece
  • French Art Deco Round Occasional Table

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2 Response(s) for “5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Vintage Furniture

  • Kim Williams says:

    Could I please have the price on the pair of ear chairs

    1. Carrocel Interiors says:

      Hello Kim, thank you for your interest. The beautiful ear chairs have been sold. Truly unique one of a kind piece, unfortunately cannot find more!
      Keep checking our inventory of unique vintage items monthly for new updates in our product offerings.

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