Tips To Help You find the Value of Your Antique Furniture

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A vintage antique chair

Buying antique furniture is a wonderful investment. You’ll get to own a piece of history that shows the style of that era. Plus, some vintage chairs and bookcases may be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Do you know how much your furniture is worth?

Appraising antiques is difficult. To demystify the process, we have created this post to help you understand how much your stuff is truly worth! You’ll be on your way to becoming an expert at judging the real value of antiques… if you use these incredible tips!

Tip 1: Do your research

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Discover the style of your pieces. Research the style of your vintage furniture to help you find out its proper value; Certain styles are rare, making them extremely valuable. A small reminder, plenty of antique-style-looking desks, sofas, and love seats made between 1970 and 2021  look similar to genuine antiques… but they are not. Find out when the style of your furniture was popular and what companies created them — doing this research will give you a better understanding of how much your stuff is really worth.

Tip 2: Check your vintage furniture for logos

Pay attention to logos. To find your furniture’s logo, flip it upside down and examine its crevices for a tag or a label. When you find the logo, use Google to look up the manufacturer’s information to figure out what company made the furniture, the price they sold it, and other valuable information.

Tip 3: Study the blemishes

Take note of imperfections. Do your furniture patterns match? Is your table or desk free of blemishes? If you can say yes to both questions, then your piece is likely a modern one. A lot of woodwork from the past was handmade, which means there would be plenty of minor scratches and imperfections if your piece was a genuine antique.

Tip 4: Check the material

Check the craftsmanship. An interesting sign that you have a genuine antique is if carpenters used many types of wood to make it. Modern carpenters typically make items such as tables, bed frames, and desks with the same material, but carpenters in the past used various types of wood to cut their production costs.

Tip 5: Check for reflections

Check your antiques for reflections. Chances are your furniture isn’t an antique if you can see your reflection in your wood finish. A visible reflection in the wood’s hue is a sign that its paint job is fairly recent.

You’re finally on your way to becoming an antique appraising expert. We hope you continue to use the tips you have learned… to help you collect antiques… that will bring you a lifetime of joy. 

Tip 6: Find out its story

This tip comes from Eric Bradley from WorthPoint antiques and collectibles. If you can find a compelling story about your antique, chances are it is a valuable item. 

“When they buy antiques, people are not just purchasing items, they are buying stories. So, find out if your antique has a fantastic story, because a marvelous story enhances its value.” — Eric Bradley WorthPoint Antiques and Collectibles.

Use the Marketplace to hunt for Antique furniture

Find out if anyone is selling the same furniture or the same style of furniture on Facebook Marketplace. By doing this, you will get a better idea of how much your furniture is really worth. 

To help you find some amazing antiques, or sell some of your own antique furniture, it is a splendid idea to explore more of the MaxSold website. The friendly team at MaxSold takes pride in helping antique lovers find new vintage items and sell their used ones. 

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