Antique desks and Victorian dining chairs continue to sell well in Lancashire and Cumbria. There have been reports of a decline in the popularity of “Georgian brown” furniture. However, antiques experts say this just marks the latest in a series of peaks and troughs which have been recorded since the 1960s. The latest slump seems due to end – in fact, a recovery has already been noted in some sectors – making 2011 a good time to invest in high quality antiques.
Some lines, of course, never go out of fashion – upholstered Victorian dining chairs from Lancashire firms like Gillows being a case in point. However, you don’t have to pay thousands for good quality antique furniture – neither do you need to buy pieces with a well known maker’s mark. The important thing is to choose wisely, whether you are buying for resale or simply to beautify your home.
BADA, the British Antique Dealers Association, has several tips to help you make a wise investment. The first is to disregard the current spate of antiques programs on TV, which makes people think they’re going to turn up valuable rarities at every junk shop and car boot sale. Unfortunately, the junk shop owners and boot sale vendors watch the same programs, and price their goods accordingly! This means people dig deep in their pockets for what they are assured is the bargain of a lifetime – only to discover it’s worthless junk when they try to auction it on.
When buying Victorian dining chairs in Lancashire, now is the time to look for bargains. But stick to good antique dealers registered with BADA or LAPADA, to avoid being bamboozled.
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