Walking through the door of Trevor Stephens’ home is almost like travelling back in time to the mid 1800s. The house is filled with antiques and collectibles which Stephens has collected ever since the age of 14. Now aged 23, Stephens was brought up in Redmond, Oregon, and as his grandmother was an antiques dealer he grew up to love collecting old treasures that represent American history.
In addition to furnishing his home with antiques, Stephens has a stall at Coburg Antique Mall. Furniture from the early American era appeals to Stephens as it still has a practical use as well as being attractive to look at. The very fact that many pieces were probably made by a member of the family, rather than furniture makers gives the furniture extra credence.
A number of utility cabinets which incorporate a wash basin are housed in his home, dating from the days before plumbing. Most of the antique treasures to be discovered in the house have a practical use, just as they were intended originally. Stephens considers sales of antique furniture to be prosperous at present, although many people only buy the odd pieces of antique furniture to complement the rest of their home. One of his prized possessions is a wooden bench , shaker style which is over 80 years old. The bench takes pride of place in the lounge.
For antique treasures to be found much closer to home, especially antique furniture like Victorian dining chairs , Preston has a number of antique dealers who have a selection of fine period pieces.
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