If you're thinking of buying vintage furniture, these three tips are worth considering
1. If you're happy to paint and upcycle items, you can pick up some brilliant bargains from charity shops, or from websites such as Gumtree or eBay. However, for more authentic, investment pieces, you should do your research. Identify the designers or specific items you want and check out dealers and online sources to gauge prices. However, you have to be prepared to pay depending on the quality, condition and rarity.
2. If you find you're after a particular piece, you have to be prepared to be patient, until you spot the right thing. It's worth forging a relationship with reputable dealers who regularly buy and sell, and who can also restore to a high standard. If they are aware of what you are after, they can either buy on your behalf, or alternatively, alert you if your chosen item comes on the market.
3. Can't inspect before you buy? Then be sure to read the small print! For instance, check the dimensions and study the description. Also, remember that items may be showing signs of wear - this should be reflected in the price.