Occasionally, the topic of furniture trends, come up. The most common theme I see in the past few years is buyer’s remorse. A sofa, chair table or dresser was purchased because it looked good and the price was right. Fast forward a few years and something breaks, it has to be fixed. The problem is, it is too broken to fix reasonably. The next thing said is, “I had Mom’s furniture, or bought new 30 years ago, and I should have kept it and restored it. It would have lasted much longer.”
A lot of people place top dollar value on what it sells for in the store. The garage sale or resale shop cost and the repair cost need to be less than a new purchase. It’s true that reupholstering and refinishing costs more than buying new, until more than just the purchase price is looked at. It’s called comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges. The two to three times longer useful life more than justifies the restoration cost of good furniture.
If you have furniture that is in need of work and you don’t know it is worth it, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with a description and a picture or two. I’ll try to help you.