My daughter and son-in-law just bought their first (and hopefully “only”) house. I told them to go look at antique furniture before buying anything. I said, “think quality and think life-time”.
Although they haven’t purchased anything yet they didn’t go looking at antique stores first. They asked me to go check out some of the “wood” furniture that they were looking at. I didn’t think that I’d be able to tell them whether it was exceptional quality or not, if it was real wood furniture.
Ha. .. just looking at most of it I could see the inferior quality of the wood as compared to antiques. Then touching the wood—just didn’t have that sturdiness to it. Next step – look at the drawers. If the bottom bounced – not a good sign. Glue, staples and brad nails showing in the drawers – not a good sign.
Yah… nothing came close to my idea of quality. I guess I know more about furniture-making than I thought.
So we’re back to my advice: go check out the antiques and if you don’t find anything you like find a craftsman to build you something.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)