Buying Vintage Pieces For The New Year!
Are you a vintage collector when it comes to clothes, cars, and jewelry? Have you thought seriously about scouting out the perfect vintage pieces to increase the valuation of your home? There are many tricks you can use to achieve the perfect mix between vintage and modern decor pieces, stunning all guests that walk on your glistening hardwood floors.
One thing that Brad Roemer can’t get enough of is the unique ability to own something that is hard to find. As an IKEA naysayer, this realtor and interior design aficionado would much rather line his tables with art deco inspired by the 19th century and a stunning medieval armchair, mixing in greenery and modern pieces from coffee tables to lamp shades.
While a vintage velvet futon may be the perfect missing piece to your luxury apartment, it may take months to find the right pieces while also avoiding a clash of interests. Here’s what you should know before you bite the bullet and buy every second vintage piece you lay your eyes on (because trust us, we know how addictive it can be when you see a sole cupboard from the middle ages that you could modernize into a bar).
Organization is Key… Plan, plan, plan!
If you wish to be productive with your time, vintage shop hopping may not be the answer… Although it’s definitely a fun pass-time for those lazy Sunday post-brunch adventures, don’t get fawned in to making high investment purchase decisions before you are ready for them. Before you decide to lay down some money, make a plan out of it. What type of aesthetic are you looking for? Is there a specific furniture piece in mind that you’ve been searching for? Make sure that you take measurements and have fabric swatches, paint chips and ample photos of your space before making a concrete decision.
Know the Furniture’s Condition
The same way you would never purchase a car (used or not) before asking detailed questions about its condition, need for maintenance and longevity, make sure that you ask the right questions to your salesperson before bringing your new baby home. Make a personal inspection of the piece by checking for wear and tear, damages, and possible past repairs. Try every single drawer for armoirs and cupboards for usability. If you’re considering purchasing a piece online, then don’t hesitate to ask for as many photos as possible. It’s important to understand that you are purchasing a vintage piece, therefore don’t expect pure perfection when it comes to condition. Maintain realistic expectations.
Pieces With a Story Make for Awesome Buys
You may come across a piece that is practically unaffordable. If that is the case, ask your salesperson for the reason behind this. Could it be that you’re looking at a one-in-a-million 16th-century Italian piece– a heirloom of the Medici family? No matter the piece or the price tag, understanding the history behind any furniture piece that you may be interested in makes you a smarter shopper than the rest of the crowd. It also makes for an awesome conversation starter when you invite your in-laws and friends over for dinner.
We’d love it if you shared your all-time vintage pieces with us? How do you ensure that you grasp the ultimate duo between modern and vintage in your space?