Top tips for buying vintage furniture and lighting

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Top tips for buying Vintage furniture and lighting

We have seen the effects of fast fashion across the planet, as we buy more and more clothes worldwide. Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams. What’s more, 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year. And washing some types of clothes sends thousands of bits of plastic into the ocean.

This is no different for cheap mass-produced furniture and lighting. The rise of high street clothes stores now selling homeware has increased rapidly in the last few years but there is a reason these pieces are at a fraction of the price they have been copied from and are so readily available to purchase on the spot.

We have been making a real effort to source from vintage suppliers and through bespoke makers, the design time takes longer and so quite often does the lead times but the quality and effects are amazing. We love using websites such as Vinteriors, Pamono, French depot, Puckhaber and edition 94 to name only a few!

Our top tips on choosing vintages pieces

  1. Take time and enjoy the process, but when you see something you like buy it as they go very quickly!
  2. Check dimensions and tape out the template on your floor or wall before purchasing- If you are unsure the dimensions are not right always check with the suppliers.
  3. Read the full description, quite often the photos can hide imperfections, and clever wording can disguise and crack or rip.
  4. Check delivery charge, quite often this increases to what might be first stated so just to bear in mind!
  5. Create a theme and style when sourcing this might be a wood type or metal finish always make sure to create a link through furniture pieces in the same room this can be subtle but an important design feature.
  6. Think of the possibilities, furniture can be reupholstered, sanded and painted- So if you love something but its not quite right don’t be afraid to give it a new lease of life.
  7. Buy with purpose and longevity, imagine this piece coming with you to different houses along the way something that will fit into different spaces and work with evolving styles and trends.
  8. Make sure if your buying lighting to check the plugs as most will have European fittings which will need to be changed for UK use.
  9. Don’t buy from a smoker, the smell never leaves!
  10. Buy with your heart, if something catches your eye and you fall in love with buying it!

Let us know if you are sourcing and we can help find the perfect piece X

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