Antique and vintage furniture is the collecting area that's been least impacted by the online world. Because except at the high end, the market is still largely local due to shipping costs. That said, the market is huge and can be confusing - there are as many different types of furniture as there are tastes and styles and eras.
For a long time, collectors in the U.S. focused on traditional 19th Century furniture categories and styles, like Queen Anne, Chippendale; Federal Style, Colonial Revival, and the many styles that fall under the rubric of Victorian (Gothic Revival, Rococo Revival, Renaissance Revival, Eastlake). Much of this furniture has been heavily influenced by European (e.g. French) and British styles.
In recent decades, modern 20th century styles have gained prominence in the world of antique and vintage furniture, including Arts and Crafts (e.g. Mission Oak Style), Art Deco, and increasingly, Mid-Century Modern (e.g. Eames, Heywood Wakefield, Danish, etc.).
As with any collecting category, quality is key with antique and vintage furniture. Look for undamaged pieces which have been well cared for, with original finishes, hardware, and patina if possible. Try to understand the piece's history and provenance, and ascertain its maker and originality (mass-produced reproductions have been made of almost every style and piece).
Finally, as any furniture collector will tell you, buy only what you really like, because furniture styles go in and out, and values fluctuate up and down accordingly.
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Morristown Antique Show draws a crowdDaily Record, February 28th
New exhibitors this year included Knollwood Antiques of Massachusetts and Continental Antique Furniture from Florida. Liz Jones of Madison is also a first-time vendor this weekend. "Normally, first-timers look a bit unprepared but Liz has quite the...Read more
Salt Lake City's Pierpont artisans fear new owners may boot them outSalt Lake Tribune, February 27th
The lease on her vintage furniture store, Elementé, 353 W. Pierpont, a presence on the block for 26 years, lapsed in December, she said, and she has not received notification of an extension. Without more specifics, Bullen said, shop owners were...Read more
An Orange Moon helps add WOW to Humboldt Park areaChicago Tribune, February 24th
But not for the wow-worthy, midcentury-modern finds in her vintage furniture shop in Humboldt Park. Rather, the title refers to McDaniel's efforts to build the WOW District, a blossoming shopping corridor along North Avenue just west of Western Avenue...Read more
Trisha Yearwood Releasing a Furniture CollectionTaste of Country, February 23rd
Trisha Yearwood is adding 'furniture designer' to her resume. In April, the Grammy-winning artist will launch a home collection in partnership with Klaussner Home Furnishings. As a multi-platinum recording artist married to one of the most iconic...Read more
Interia Hospitality to Showcase its Latest Furniture Collection at the HD Expo ...PR Web (press release), February 18th
Interia Hospitality, an innovative North American based designer and manufacturer of hospitality casegoods and guestroom art programs, announced that it will showcase its latest collection of furniture at the HD Expo 2015 on May 13-15, 2015, Mandalay...Read more
Trisha Yearwood Launching Furniture CollectionContactmusic.com, February 17th
Country star Trisha Yearwood has teamed up with bosses at Klaussner Home Furnishings to create a new furniture line. The singer, who has also established herself as a Tv chef and bestselling cookbook author, has announced a partnership with the ...Read more
Budget friendly vintage furniture store has a new homeblogTO (blog), February 9th
guff toronto Queen East's favourite hunting ground for design lovers on a budget just tripled in size, thanks to a move to a larger space in Riverside. The same solid selection and prices are there, but the extra room to move now means they can bring...Read more
Bentley Release New Home Furniture CollectionSuperyachts.com, February 2nd
Among the array of eye-catching items on display at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris last month was a striking new home furniture collection by British luxury car-makers Bentley. Designed and manufactured in collaboration with Luxury Living Group, the ...Read more