Why You Should Only Deal With Trusted Antique Dealers

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When it comes to buying beautiful antique furniture, you want to make sure you buy from a trusted and reputable dealer.

Trusting your source.

You should only buy antique furniture from a trusted source where all dealers have been carefully vetted. Investing in antiques is all about investing in quality, authentic pieces that will last for a long time. That’s why it’s important to buy from a reputable dealer, so you know exactly what you are getting.

Make sure you ask questions.

When it comes to shopping for antique furniture, especially online, make sure you look for all the same things you’d look for if you were visiting a gallery. Consider the following before making a purchase:

  • Does the dealer provide a trade-back policy?
  • Has the dealer tried to accurately describe the condition of the piece?
  • Does the dealer offer any guarantees?
  • What is the return policy?

Get to know the dealer.

Smart antique furniture shoppers get to know their antique dealers. After all, a dealer is a valuable resource who should be able to answer questions on condition, authenticity and much more.

Tips for dealing with antique dealers.

Here are a few bonus tips for dealing with reputable antique furniture dealers.

Firstly, never invite random dealers into your home, especially if they’re just knocking on the door. You could well become a victim of distraction theft.

If you have any antique items you want to sell, first find out what they are and their value. Never assume that a dealer will know or even be willing to pay a reasonable price. Reputable dealers often offer free, independent advice if you are considering selling antique pieces.

Many dealers are out for themselves. But, don’t fear saying no if you are unhappy with an item’s condition or price. You always have the option to walk away and think about a purchase before going ahead with it.

Finally, be wary when it comes to dealing with antique dealers who trade as auctioneers, too. It really does offer a blatant conflict of interest. These companies or dealers tend to specialise in stamps and coins, not so much furniture.

Be sure to get references.

Professionals who deal with antique dealers on a regular basis are a valuable resource. For instance, estate attorneys and trust managers are great sources for finding reliable and professional dealers.

Another good sources of referrals are professional organisations who ensure their good name by making sure antique dealers and members are qualified.

Know when to use a specialist.

As much as you want to be an antique furniture connoisseur, you probably have a general knowledge and may be able to sort of tell a real from a fake object. A specialist will be able to tell you everything you need to know about an item and be able to validate its authenticity.

Buying antique furniture from trusted dealers ensures you pay the right amount of money for genuine items.

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