what’s old is new again
Hello! I wanted to share some of the discussions we’ve been having with our awesome customers in the store lately. A mother and daughter came in last week and we started talking about the differences between old and new furniture. The mom was sold on rehabbing some family pieces, but the daughter could not make up her mind. I shared with them the reasons I like older furniture…
First, old furniture is solid. It is built from wood during decades when craftsmen and furniture companies used the best products and guaranteed longevity. It might have a little wobble or a coffee ring on top, but those are easy fixes when you know the piece has survived the last 80 years and will probably make it another 80!
Next, consider the price? If you’ve shopped at large retail stores or online sites, you know that end tables are $500 and dressers are $1000. Most stores who sell painted furniture, including fivethirty, sell it for at least half that amount. We always try to find the best prices so we can offer the best prices.
Finally, older pieces are more interesting and unique. You can’t buy them out of a catalog and there aren’t many of them around. Even when they are similar, (think all the french provincial dressers we’ve had lately) they have different handles or a slightly different drawer profile. If you want something that is truly unique, shop vintage!
Well-built, inexpensive and uniquely yours? You just can’t beat it!
We will be closed this Sunday to spend time with our families. Happy Easter!