by Lal Beral
The bottom has really fallen out of the market for antiques and traditional solid wood furniture, which is why it’s a perfect time to purchase!
As we progress into the 21st century, people are switching over to metal/glass décor, featuring quirky designed wall pieces and leather upholstered seating. Congruently, as technology progresses, TVs have become no thicker than a painting on the wall; and they can be hung in a similar fashion!
Twenty or so years ago, people couldn’t get enough of traditional solid wood furniture. The sale of antiques peaked somewhere around 1980, with many middle-class buyers determined to furnish their homes with in a similar fashion to that of their grandparents. The look was classified as dark and gloomy. With walls made of purely dark wood paneling and 20th century style lighting, people were filling their homes with dark wood – Things became much different in the 90’s however, as more and more people began going for a lighter “pine and bleech” type look.
Once the 21st century spilled over, the demand for ANY type of antique furnishing began to quickly decline. The antique furniture indexdemonstrated a 30-fold increase between 1968 and 2003 (100 – 3,492), until it dropped back to 2,736. This can directly be attributed to the type of economic depression we’re experiencing momentarily, despite the sudden switch in style and desire.
This is particularly true for people with smaller homes. Large solid wood furniture simply takes up too much space; one of the major objectives for any modern-day homebuyer is to increase the amount of space available. This is evident with flat screen TV’s and laptops, as they become sleeker and smaller. Similarly, we’re beginning to see a rise in household inhabitants. As more homeowners seek out roommates for income security, rooms that could be normally used as offices are now being filled with beds and dressers. Solid wood office furniture is an enormous part of the traditional solid wood market.
Ultimately, antiques are at an all-time low because of the economy; no longer are they as easily afforded as desired. These items (cherry wood furniture, solid wood storage, etc..) are now on the backburner to items like refrigerators, furnaces, stoves – Necessities that also place a large dent in the average consumer’s wallet. Despite, it’s encouraged to purchase such décor as previously mentioned. Prices are low, but the intrinsic beauty that comes with purchasing such antiques is priceless nevertheless.
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