I’m often to be found rummaging through antiques at markets, in shops and at auctions. I like looking at the detailing, the shape, the choice of material and then wondering about who made it, if I am particularly taken and can mentally sand, paint and cram the piece into my apartment I’ll start negotiation.
Many of my friends ask how I seem to find so many interesting things to paint and often ask for tips, so I went straight to the source to find out!
A video on how to find second hand furniture:
9 Top Tips For Finding Furniture
Particularly at markets, like Sunbury Antiques at Kempton Race Course;
- The early bird catches the best pieces of furniture so arrive early!
- Build relationships with the stall holders, they’ll often be able to source you items if you’re looking for something particular.
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate, it is a market!
- Make sure you have adequate transport for the size of item you might buy, or use the on site shipping services.
For local shops like The Crooked Book in Boscombe;
- Look for pieces that will be improved by painting, those with water damage or previous poor paint work for example
- To find the best pieces visit your favourite shops regularly as stock will be changing daily.
At auctions, like Bulstrodes in Christchurch;
- Visit on view days to get a better idea of what is available.
- Inspect the items for damage before bidding.
- To avoid disappointment attend the auction so you can up your bid if necessary.