There are many reasons to buy vintage furniture. This article outlines six top reasons why I love buying vintage furniture and why you should consider buying vintage too. Although, these reasons were touched upon in a previous posting, I thought it would be fun to go over them again to offer you some additional perspective why buying vintage has such universal appeal, so here goes;
1.No Assembly Required
Nothing makes me shudder more than the two words, “Assembly Required”. I love buying a piece of furniture already assembled and often, I’ll attempt to buy the display model in the store, even if it has a small imperfection or slightly scratched. I’m a much happier person and less stressed if I don’t have to read the confusing assembly instructions that comes with boxed furniture.
Most furniture that comes in a box requiring assembly is made up of medium-density fiberboard. These types of furnishings either easily break apart or damage quickly. They will not serve you well over a long period of time. Before you know it, you’ll be replacing the item because it fell short of your expectations. Boxed furniture may look great initially and you can get them pretty cheaply, but you’ll wonder why you bought it in the first place when the paint starts to chip or the leg suddenly snaps.
Don’t you just love being unique? I love flipping through vintage publications or online sites and looking at a beautiful piece of history. Fortunately, you can own a heritage piece too because many vintage pieces can be found at estate sales, thrift stores, antique dealers and of course Bargains Galore.
In addition, when you buy a piece of vintage furniture, the odds of you finding it somewhere else are pretty rare. I personally love when someone comes into my home and admires a unique piece and I’m able to boast “It’s vintage!”
Maybe you think that buying vintage will set you back financially, but the opposite is actually true. When you invest in a vintage piece of furniture, it will probably outlast you or selling it will not only recapture your investment, but you may fetch more payback. Remember, the older a vintage, the more worth it has to resell. Obviously, much of your hunting around for a good selection and competitive price is dictated by the area that you live in, but vintage is an investment that will only accrue with time.
Most of the furniture you buy in the big-box stores can’t compare in size of a vintage piece. The furniture from these types of stores tends to be small for the average person and the comfort level is often less than desirable. Although the furniture in the bigger stores is trendier in their colours, textures and patterns, I believe that they miss the mark on size and comfort.
6.Good for the Environment
The sad reality is that when that assembled piece of furniture falls apart, and you have to continuously change your interior décor, that lesser quality merchandise tends to get thrown out. This constant accumulation of inferior furnishings gone wrong ends up heading straight for the landfill and the mounds of junk just keeps getting bigger.
Alternatively, when you buy fine-quality vintage furniture, the merchandise can not only last for years, but it can be passed down to family members to live another life. I’m no tree hugger, but it is atrocious how much “stuff” our society throws away, which has a direct impact on our environment.
There are many other reasons for buying vintage, but these 6 points will perhaps get you thinking about how wonderful buying vintage can be for you and your family. It comes assembled, it’s high-quality, last years, unique, full-sized and helps the environment. It’s a win-win situation for a beautiful piece item that’s worth only accrues with time, Bonus!