A couple of decades ago, antique furniture was very fashionable, and antique shops were ten-a-penny, all charging a fortune. I started then to furnish my home with antiques. Now, 20 years later, it is impossible to even give antique furniture away and I am left with little space in my home and furniture I paid a lot for, which no one wants. I have given some to charity shops, but even they turn their noses up at antique furniture now. Does anyone else have this problem, or were you sensible by buying modern furniture?
I love antique furniture and have furnished several homes with them over the years. Not sure why you are having a problem with folks not wanting your items! I wish I was in your area, that way, I could take the "impossible" out of that stated about giving away antique furniture! I have always been attracted to antique furniture as it always holds energy that is unique, and overall, much better quality of workmanship was involved in creating such pieces.
So, I can not really answer your question, as I have not attempted to sell or give away any of my furnishing, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts.
Antique furniture is still going strong, maybe you need to change communities or neighborhoods.
I notice that you are both in the US. I have read that antique furniture is popular there. I even discovered a website, which imports antique furniture from the UK, where it is unpopular. Whenever people come to my home, they comment how they dislike dark wood, and suggest I get pine coloured laminated furniture, which is all people here seem to want. I have noticed on ebay, antique furniture in the US goes for quite a lot. In the UK though I have seen Edwardian oak sideboards go for less than £1.00. Even if the buyer wanted it as kindling, it should have cost more than a pound. The following pieces are the most unpopular in my home.
What lovely pieces you have shown here, Muldania! Those would pay most of my bills for a full year, minimum! I would not be able to sell them however. What I see are treasures, something to be loved, cared for and passed on to another generation as time goes by! By the way, your home looks awesome as well! Thanks for sharing and uplifting myself as well as my wife, as I had to call her over her to enjoy the photos.
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