If you want to buy Victorian dining chairs – or any other antique, for that matter – in Cumbria, the golden rule is to use a dealer who is registered with a recognised trade associations; the main ones being LAPADA and BADA. Both have exacting rules for membership, and a strict code of practice which ensures members of the public feel confident and reassured when making purchases.
With the rising cost of living, some may think that visiting Preston to buy a Victorian mahogany partners desk is economic folly. Certainly, a lot of people are having to tighten their belts, and may have to think carefully before buying antique dining chairs for their Lancashire home. Overall, however, it seems the benefit of investing wisely in fine quality furniture is still being recognised.
BADA (the British Antique Dealers’ Association) has 328 member dealers. An annual survey, conducted on behalf of its members, showed annual sales of £698 million – a figure which was almost unchanged from the previous year. While 30% reported decreased profits in 2010, the remainder said sales had either improved or remained constant. However, profits were hard-won, and expenses often crippling.
Overall, however, the attitude was optimistic. Despite the popularity of antiques fairs, it seems that if you want to buy a set of Victorian balloon backed dining chairs in Cumbria, the preferred outlet is still your local antique dealer, galleries and shops accounting for over 50% of all trade. It’s fair to say that, if you’re in the market for a large Victorian mahogany pedestal desk in the Ribble Valley area, your first port-of-call would be a Preston antiques dealer, rather than a muddy field.
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