There are hundreds upon hundreds of items to purchase at an estate sale, with wood furniture at the top of many lists.
Of course, there is more to making a purchase than meets the eye. Unfortunately, and as you probably know, there is quite a bit of “cheap” furniture on the market.
Here’s the good thing: as long as you know what to look for when buying wood furniture, you can be rest assured of getting the quality you want (and deserve).
First things first, solid wood is always better than the alternative. Sure, a piece made of plywood or particleboard may have an above average appearance, but that doesn’t mean it’ll last a long time.
Stick to furniture made of solid wood or 9+ layer plywood (at a minimum). These pieces are durable enough to maintain their appearance for many years to come
What Else Should You Avoid?
There are a few other things to avoid when shopping for wood furniture:
· Thin plywood, fiberboard, or particleboard.
· Cracks or knots in the wood
· Surfaces that are already scratched (or will scratch easily due to the use of soft wood).
Final note: high quality wood furniture typically makes use of dovetail or mortise joints. If you come across joints that are glued (visible to the eye), nailed, or stapled, a “quality red flag” should pop up in your mind.
If you have any questions about buying or selling at an estate sale, you can always contact our team. We know the ins and outs of the industry, and are more than willing to share our knowledge!