Whether your décor is contemporary or traditional, a well-selected antique piece or furnishing can provide an added character and richness to a home’s environment. Because antiques possess a unique quality that widens their appeal, they also reveal a bit about a person’s own interests and preferences.

If you are new to the world of antiques, the following information can serve as a basic primer in searching and shopping for antiques.

When Does a Furnishing or Item Become an Antique?

An item or furnishing is considered antique if it is over a century old. Therefore, vintage items or pieces that are around 30 years old are not officially categorised as antiques. Antique items cover all the periods and styles of the past 100 years, including fashions such as Art Deco. Antiques may be considered of poor or good quality. Therefore, some antiques are considered to be of a premium quality whilst other antiques are considered to be of a poor quality and value.

Purchasing Antiques

Antiques can be purchased in antique centres and shops or at an auction or fair. Whilst you can find some beautiful antiques at an auction, if you are not well-versed in antique collecting, you need to avoid bidding on higher-valued items. Therefore, use caution when choosing antiques. Make sure that the dealer is established and that he or she is well-versed in antique values for artwork and antique furniture in Brisbane.

How to Make a Selection

When you buy your antiques from an experienced retailer in the business, he or she can save you both time and effort and therefore keep you from making the wrong selection. Therefore, when browsing antiques, you should do the following:

  • Scrutinise the antique piece or furnishing. Unless the item is restored, you will notice some flaws. For instance, if you are surveying a gold mirror, check both the frame and finish.
  • Enquire about the price. Find out if the cost of the item includes restoration.

Above all, if you don’t understand something about a piece or you notice a certain marking, do not be afraid to ask questions. You cannot learn about antiques if you do not make enquiries.

Obtain a Receipt for Your Purchase

Always obtain a receipt, especially if you pay by cash. Ask the dealer to note all the key details about an antique such as its age, the material of the item, and the extent of restoration, if any. Does the item come with a Certificate of Authenticity?

Should you have problems with obtaining the receipt or information, you need to walk away from the dealer as it is an alert that you are dealing with someone who is less than reputable.