Refinishing Old Furniture Utah – Antique, Vintage or Used?October 28, 2011
When deciding on Utah furniture restoring you might ask yourself, “Is this piece worth refurbishing? Well, the answer is yes. Whether the furniture in question is a valuable antique, a vintage collectible or just a family heirloom with sentimental value – in all three cases, refinishing can bring any furniture back to life, but it never hurts to know what it is you’ve got on your hands.
To be classified as antique, a piece must be at least 100 years old. This is the definition accepted by experts, even those who appear on popular appraisal television shows. Some dealers claim that anything over 50 years old is an antique, but if you’re looking to make a hefty sale, you’ll find that most set the standard at a century old or more. Here at Utah antique furniture restorations, we understand the level of expertise which goes into restoring antiques, while still retaining their value.
To make matters even more confusing, there are antiques which were originally made as reproductions. Reproductions are furniture built in the style of antique pieces. During the 1870s and 1880s, reproductions of Colonial era furniture were very popular. Now, these pieces are technically antiques but they started out as reproductions. During the 1930′s, French Provincial style pieces were in vogue. Because these were reproductions, not originals they now fall in the “vintage” category. Oftentimes, reproduction furniture is of higher quality than antiques!
Collectibles are objects less than a hundred years old which have a speculative value. When demand is high, collectible pieces will fetch a high dollar amount. When demand is low, you might not even be able to give the same piece away for free.
Furniture is classified as vintage when it is generally regarded as classic – with demonstrated enduring appeal. For example, today, Mid-Century Modern furniture is both vintage and collectible, but not antique.
If a piece of furniture is not antique, collectible or vintage, it is simply considered used. Just because it doesn’t carry a label such as “antique” doesn’t mean it isn’t of value. Whether you’ve got an ancient antique or just an old family favorite that needs care, when you seek Utah furniture restoring, look for a company that takes great care and pride in their work, regardless of the market value of the piece.