The other day on this show on PBS called Antiques Road Show a woman brought in her worn out old round kitchen table and presented it to the analyst. The analyst, as he usually does, started asking her about where she got the piece and how much she paid for it. She answered all of his questions, tell him that she had picked it up at a garage sale years ago and never really knew how much it was worth. She told him she had paid only fifty dollars for it. His eyebrows went way up. The antique table was actually worth over three thousand dollars.
It's not everyday you come into possession of a treasure like that woman's table but you can increase your odds by purchasing antique furniture. An antique round kitchen table might be pricey sometimes but if you look around and do some preliminary research on various pieces you are liable to get a great deal.
Antiques just don't get as much respect these days. Furniture stores like IKEA sell assembly required kitchen table and chair sets and hope you don't realize how low quality this stuff actually is.
If you aren't buying antique stuff yet, here are two reasons you should start:
That woman on Antique's Road Show purchased round kitchen table for fifty bucks and can now turn around and sell that table for over three grand! That's a pretty good investment. The nice thing about antique furniture is that it accrues value with age as long as it is well kept. The longer you keep it and pass it down along your family line the more it will be worth in the long run.
Withstood the Test of Time
Antiques were new once but they were so well made that they survived all these years and crossed paths with all of those people. You will never find an antique that is built shoddily, they will always be well crafted by skilled craftsmen because if they weren't they wouldn't be around anymore. Half the stuff you buy at IKEA is broken and trashed in 3 years but that woman's table lasted 10 and will probably continue to last for many more generations to come.