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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Times of Oman, October 26th

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Times of Oman, October 26th

Muscat: Richwood Antiques, a European company with over 25 years of experience in sourcing and restoring 19th century antique furniture has come out with exquisite and rare items at its showroom in Muscat. Richwood Antiques has on display elaborate ...Read more

Suspects sought in Parker County antique furniture scam
Fort Worth Star Telegram, October 24th

A Parker County couple scammed customers out of $20,000 after they promised to refinish antique furniture but kept it and sold it online, authorities said. Deputies continued their search Friday for Alyssa and Steven Lee, who operated a business called...Read more

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HeraldNet, October 15th

This 19th-century Dutch walnut secretary with inlay sold for $2,214 at New Orleans Auction Galleries. It is an example of the bargains that are now seen at auctions because of the drop in prices of what the trade calls “brown furniture.” advertisement...Read more

Farm Girls Vintage Boutique opens downtown, sell antique furniture
BG News, October 12th

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Furniture auction this weekend at Boyles
Greensboro News & Record (blog), October 10th

The High Point Market kicks off in a week, but those who aren't part of the trade can get a taste of it this weekend at Boyles Furniture & Rugs' first annual auction. Boyles is selling a large part of its inventory to make way for new showroom...Read more

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