Why are antiques so important? What constitutes an antique? Why invest in antiques now?
The popularity of antiques ebbs and flows throughout the country and throughout the world. They are typically seen as sound investments when nothing else is retaining value, but value can also fluctuate with the market.
As pieces with a story, antiques are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation that hold an imprint of familial history. Sometimes they come from a far away place geographically. The beautiful thing that is always present is the piece’s individuality and uniqueness. There is only one like it. There is only one with that unique history, stain, scratch, hardware…all of the wonderful little components that come together to give the piece depth. But how do you find the right antiques for you? And how do you use them in today’s decor?
Pick up books and read about Majolica and Louis Philippe. Why are items with these names sought after? Do all antiques have to be expensive? Taking the time to learn what you can about pieces that you can search for or that mean something to you, learning about their lineage, makes them far more valuable than any price tag could ever reflect. Gaining the knowledge to be able to spot a great piece, start a collection or incorporate it into current trends is a priceless art, and there is no “right” or “wrong.” So, happy hunting!