- Chris Dyson Chris Dyson Architects
- Jasmine Orchard by Jasmine Orchard Styling
- Bhavin Taylor of Bhavin Taylor Design
- Adelle Robinson of H is at home
1. Pop in even if you are not looking. If a shop looks as if there is still a chance, it might sell used or antique furniture, it is worth diving into to build your repertoire.
“Even if you’re not looking to buy something, it’s good to build up a list of places to go if you want,” Bhavin Taylor advises.
If you come across something that you particularly like, it might be worth snapping in, even if you are not planning to buy something. Finds can be rare and you will know if it’s special enough. “Often I buy furniture, even though I do not know where it will go,” says Chris Dyson.
“I would like to be able to touch out the item and check it’s in good condition, so I’m not overly keen on buying online resources unless you have an option for you to use it too see first-hand, “Taylor says.
“Condition is so important when buying from second-hand,” Jasmine Orchard agrees. “I usually prefer finding an item first.”
Of course, online resources may have a very reasonable return policy or some form of quality control, so do not rule it out completely.And do not forget to use the internet in other ways. “ sagt Adelle Robinson. ” Google search, blog referrals, and Twitter are all fantastic resources, ” says Adelle Robinson. ” The internet is always my first point of contact for inspiration and advice.There are a huge number of helpful step-by-step videos and useful ideas. ”
“To find the best bargains you need to head out of town to the larger, stock-type second-hand furniture store,” Orchard says. Yard sales are also an inspired place to look. “They are my favorite source, and you get the best bargains,” she says.
Some city antiques markets will be excellent resources if you are looking for something special, so do not avoid them altogether. You may have to pay a little more, but if you are careful, you will find some really great stuff and agree on a reasonable price. “I source most of my stuff in the markets and from eBay, if it’s something specific,” Dyson says.
“Websites like eBay can also cause distributors to ship large quantities of others from stock,” Robinson added.
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Going armed with a measuring tape, a pen and a picture of your room, you can visualize how the new element might sit in it. “ Orchard sagt. ” If I’m looking for a version of something I’ve seen, then I bring a picture of this thing with me to cross-reference, so I do not get distracted and in the end buy something I really did not want to come, ” Orchard says.
Do not forget to measure your doors and other access points. “There’s nothing worse than buying something and not being able to get it through the front door,” Taylor says.
Robinson adds that a small flashlight can be helpful, “those looking in the corners of the warehouse where the furniture is stacked high, or upon closer inspection of the individual pieces.”
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“Go with an open mind and do not look too specific for something,” Taylor advises. “What do you think you are after and what you can find worlds apart.” You do not always have something that you had envisioned and that you may have to think creatively to find something that works in your space.
If you start in advance, you will have more options. “It’s best for something that’s about what you are after, and you can always adjust it somehow,” Orchard says. “I would recommend plumping for the close second, if you like it. It will have to be enough, and maybe it will grow! “She adds. “Then, if you have the dream piece, you can snap it up and sell the first one.”
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“There are so many antiques and retro furniture dealers out there now, scour these shops daily, so if you see something you may be prepared to make the purchase fast,” Orchard says.
“While some stores might hold items for a few hours, if you’re lucky, there’s a strong chance that the items will be sold by the time you get back – especially if it’s good,” Taylor says.
“If you come across something you fall in love with, go for it!” Robinson advises. “I have far too many tragic memories to return to buy items that have been sold – the disappointment can be unbearable!”
Most markets and flea markets, it is acceptable barter, and you should get a sense of whether it is appropriate by watching others for a little while.Decide what you are willing to pay for an item before you get into a bargain, and try to stick to your weapons.It’s amazing how quickly you can get caught up in the thrill of things and end up spending more than you would have liked.
“ Robinson sagt. ” Trying to be reasonably strict with yourself. If you really need a dresser, do not spend all your money on chairs, ” Robinson says. ” Having said that when you see something, you think, is an absolute bargain, do not leave you behind. You might even be able to sell it for a profit. ”
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Some restoration work, such as reupholstering, can be quite expensive, and the finished piece can end up costing you much more than you expected. “You have to use a little common sense,” Dyson says. “If you want to change it, a lot, think about whether it’s worth the money it will take to restore it.”
“Do not get caught buying anything because it’s cheap,” Taylor warns. “Not everything that can be stored, so be careful that you are wasting your vision in real life and not at the end of it.”
“If you’re buying with the intention of painting an item, then looking at its surface,” Orchard advises. “Laminate, for example, is really hard to paint without many loops or a specialist color that can be quite costly.”
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“Smell, sweeteners, if you can,” Taylor says, as smells like smoke tend to stay for a long time. “Upholstery can be replaced, but do not forget that fillings and fillings could be affected by the smells, too,” Robinson warns.
“If you’re buying seating, check that it’s comfortable and the filling is still good,” Taylor continues. Become aware that things like mattresses can harbor dust, mites and germs, so be best avoided.
“Things like really bad water damage or burn marks on wood are difficult to come by without special knowledge and tools,” Orchard points.
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“The best part is that you start making relationships with sellers and suppliers – you know them, and you get to know them,” Dyson says. “Enjoy it – it’s the most enjoyable thing to do.”
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