As much as antique furniture does often add a real touch of class to an often characterless modern interior, these pieces of furniture were quite often made for the ordinary person on the street, not some wealthy statesman or aristocrat. Also, antique furniture reproduction has a wonderful way of letting us temporarily escape the frenetic pace of modern life, allowing us to look back at more genteel times when things were simpler and often more elegant.
So if you have decided a piece of antique furniture would brighten up your living space where do you begin? Leather sofas that are antique by design are hard to locate. It is well worth your time thinking about what type of leather sofa you are most interested in, and where you would want to place it. What type of antique look would you be interested in? Do you want rustic examples, such as French country sofas? Perhaps the sleekness of art deco models are more your thing? Victorian furniture is wonderfully ornate. Simplicity can be seen in many American Primitive furniture pieces. Once you know what you want it is then far easier to go ahead and hunt out the best places to find such antiques in.
Once you’ve got your list of suitable venues to check out, keep your eyes wide open. Antiques are not mass-produced, rather they are often limited in number, or even one offs, never to be seen again once purchased. When you see something that really takes your fancy you should stick with it and barter down the owner. In the case of an auction, you typically face antiques dealers who are trying to make a profit. So long as you keep on raising the bid you are likely to make them unprofitable and therefore win.