Litwin is author of the publication “Furniture Hot Spots” (Lyons Press, 176 pages, $18.95) at that she gives tips about buying furniture in various places including auction houses, flea markets, stores and showrooms, in addition to antiques markets like this highsociety event. Her next book, “The Best Furniture Buying Tips Ever” (192 pages, $14.95) to be released by House of Collectibles, is expected out in October.
Here are tips for buying antique furniture
1. Get a list before you go of the traders that are at the show. Antiques shows have a catalog that lists their own booths and dealers. Check on the dealers who’ll bring the kind of objects or furniture in which you’re interested and find out if they own an internet website. “Individuals are shopping on the web till they make a real purchase as research,” she states.
2. If you purchase something, take the business card of the dealer and make certain that you can contact them should there become a issue. Without a warranty, the consumer has no recourse.
3. Negotiate. A dealer will go down 10 per cent because he does not wish to have to transport back the piece through the nation. Also, the dealer wishes to be in a position to cover his booth costs (which could be anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000).
4. Check the Web to find out if the merchandise that the dealer is selling at the show seem more costly compared to the furniture online. This ought to help you negotiate the best bargain.
5. If the dealer can arrange for ask and assume that the shipping or delivery expenses. Some can pay for shipping for a courtesy or as an element of the process. Shipping can soon add upto 10 percent of the cost of the goods that are whole. If the piece has been dismantled in order to send it, then ask if the dealer can put it back together for you personally.