When it comes to buying antiques you want to buy from someone you can trust. Your antique furniture dealer should have the knowledge of product and ability to guide you to the items you will love and that will be good investments for you.
Trusting your antique furniture dealer is important before you make a purchase decision. The first thing that you should do is ask the individual or company about their history. When did their company start? Do they have a love of antiques? What do they collect or what are their specialties? When you ask these basic questions you can get a feel for the person and whether or not they are truly experts in their field. If you are dealing with someone who does not have a passion for the business you might want to find someone else. You need a professional who shares your passion to get the most from the relationship.
One way to see if your antique furniture dealer has the knowledge that you need is to ask them questions about specific furnishings. If they can give you information such as what woods are used in the furniture and when and where it was made, you are in good hands. If it seems as though the individual may be guessing you might want to do further research on your own to be sure that they were accurate. There are a lot of good resources available both in books and on the internet to give you ideas of styles, how to identify furniture from specific time periods and origins, as well as guides to pricing such items. It is always beneficial however to know someone in the business that you can ask questions and get not only an answer but some explanation and history on the item at hand.
A good antique furniture dealer is one who has been in the business for a long time, has established themselves as a careful and reputable professional, and shows a passion for the business. You may not collect the same things as the person you deal with, but if you share a general passion about things from the past you’ll be in good hands. It’s not always easy to find reputable people or companies, so you should keep looking until you find someone that you can trust. One company that has continually been well thought of in the industry is Solvang Antiques. You can visit our gallery in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley of California or you can visit us online at www.solvangantiques.com where you can learn more about us and view our online catalog. With our dedicated service in the antiques field, Solvang Antiques would definitely qualify to be your trusted antique furniture dealer.