5 things to look out for when buying second hand furniture March 21 2013, 0 Comments

1.    Is it the real deal?
This is the age of imitations and replica furniture so if you’re looking for the real McCoy then make sure it is what it is. Nothing wrong with reproductions but don't be fooled by some unscrupulous sellers attempts at vague descriptions to misrepresent items. 

vintage style furniture 1950's Lounge Arm Chair very Danish Style   Vintage Industrial Catalogue Index Filing Drawers_Side Table Display from Fat Shack Vintage




 2.    Look at the quality of the construction
Take a look at how the furniture was made and what it is made out of. Is it wood or veneered MDF? Is it sturdy? What are the joints looking like? All these questions can help you understand more about the piece of furniture you are buying and the quality of which it was made to. 
The fact that it was ‘made’ and not a flat pack with instructions should install confidence that you’re buying a quality piece of furniture. There's a reason why we all know the old saying, "they don't make them like they used to" and that's because it's the cold hard truth!

Vintage Shop Counter Display - Hall Table_Sideboard_breakfast bar from Fat Shack Vintage   

 

3.    Use your senses to test
Cushions, pillows and foam are all pretty pricey, so if you can re-use existing cushions to save a few pennies then why wouldn't you. Cushions can usually be washed and dried at a fraction of the cost instead of buying new. Head down to your local laundromat, where the machines are bigger than at home, and use them to clean the cushions and fluff them back up to give them a new lease on life.
With furniture, make sure you test out the foam. If it’s hard and crumbles under your fingertips then it has passed its used by date and needs to be replaced (which can be surprisingly pricey to do so). If the foam's still firm then it's all good!

Danish style vintage teak framed armchair from Fat Shack Vintage
 



4.    All it needs is love
If a wooden bookshelf looks faded and tired, simply rub some much needed oil into it to bring it back to life! It will love you for it! You don't even need to buy expensive furniture oils/waxes. A 50/50 mix of linseed oil and turpentine does the trick wonderfully. Same applies to dining tables, chairs and coffee tables. 
To mask any scratches, give it a light sand first before oiling and with minimal effort it will look a million bucks!

Vintage Oak Wooden 1950's Stepped Bookcase Bookshelf from Fat Shack Vintage
 



5.    Make sure the glove fits
You may fall in love with a vintage table and have the perfect spot in mind for it but have you considered how you’re going to get it home? There is only so much you can fit into a hatch back so before committing to buy, work out how you’re going to get it home and what costs are involved (hiring a van, courier etc…). 
Sometimes when the only way to get a new find home turns out to be a $100+ courier bill then that sweet find tastes a little less sweet...

Antique Victorian Tilt Top Mahogany Wooden Dining Table from Fat Shack Vintage

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