Classic furniture, even that which needs some love, can make a sound investment for your home.
Photographer Simon Lee and his wife Tina Miller had for a long time been in love with Borge Mogensen’s Spanish Chair. Stumbling upon an eBay ad, the pair found that a seller had four pieces for sale. Simon contacted the seller immediately.
The seller turned out to be an elderly couple, and Simon took off to see the furniture.
« The chairs were in incredibly good condition, and I was allowed to pick the two I wanted the most »
« We were very fortunate that the seller lived nearby, meaning I could easily come by and see them. We bought the chairs for about $1000 each. Today, the prices have almost doubled on the auction sites! »
Simon and Tina bought the chairs second-hand, not only because it cut the costs in half, but also because they came with a history, something they were keen on.
Their trade was a success, but you should always exercise caution when looking at used furniture online. Always get as many photographs as possible, and ask questions about the history and age of the pieces.
Safe and sound
Rockin’ Classics has sold used design classics for over 15 years, and today the company has two local stores. According to the owner, Niels Wood, safety and comfort are paramount.
When you buy from an established company, you get a guarantee that your furniture is not stolen and the product is original. Reputable stores also have established returns policies to further protect you.
« Rockin’ Classics is also on eBay so people can compare prices from private sellers with ours.” Wood said, ”But with the price of furniture being so high, many are often willing to pay a little bit extra for the security and credibility that we offer. »
« We also cooperate with the police, because we can not put our reputation at stake by buying stolen goods. Credibility and trust are our living conditions in this industry. »
Why does used furniture sometimes cost more than new?
« What the market wants is a rare piece of furniture from a known architect in exceptionally good condition. If you have such a piece of furniture, it can be worth a lot of money. This happens mostly aborad, in countries like Japan. »- said Woods.
« The popularity of used furniture goes up and down, just like housing. 20-30 years ago, it wasn't so popular, now it is. »
However, he believes that a furniture classic in good condition is a relatively safe investment.