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Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2021 05:41PM
I have a bed frame, dresser and bureau that has been handed down through the family. It's southwestern in origination, and somewhere around 300-400 years old. It's intricately hand carved. It's not in perfect shape. Mirrors were added to the bureau at some point, and they're old enough that they're purple now. Someone also painted them, but my mom had stripped and restrained two of the items.

I know just because it's old doesn't mean it's worth anything. We don't have much space or use for it anymore. The dresser is pretty big, and takes up a large spot in the garage that we would like to repurpose.

Locally the feedback we've received is that it's not the type of stuff people are into right now. That said, one antique consignment shop says they'd love to have just the bureau, which is more of a desk. Feels like a shame to split it up.

Any suggestions on the best course of action for this furniture?




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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 03, 2021 05:49PM
Shoot an email & pix to American Pickers?
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: Randalls
Date: April 03, 2021 06:06PM
Since it has been in the family forever would any other related family members want it?
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 03, 2021 06:39PM
Flyers at the health food stores.
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 03, 2021 06:43PM
....recently had to deal with this for parents furniture.....most place won't take things like furniture anymore [ they only want certain type or they charge you to pick up ].........Salvation Army, Good Will, etc......even when you post for free on Craigslist, you get 'dead beats' who don't show up......


.....was only able to get rid of 1-2 things....ended up having to dump everything in the trash......



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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 03, 2021 06:52PM
There are local/regional swap and shop places on Facebook that lots of people look at.
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2021 08:36PM
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testcase
Shoot an email & pix to American Pickers?

I'll look into that. Thanks.

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Randalls
Since it has been in the family forever would any other related family members want it?

No. There's some reasons for that.

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Dennis S
There are local/regional swap and shop places on Facebook that lots of people look at.

No one is really going to want it for furniture. Decoration, maybe. It's incredibly old. The fasteners and metal bits are all hand formed. The dresser is imperfect enough that each drawer, even though there's several of the same size and shape, has to be put in the same slot or it won't fit.




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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: April 03, 2021 08:48PM
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M A V I C
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testcase
Shoot an email & pix to American Pickers?

I'll look into that. Thanks.

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Randalls
Since it has been in the family forever would any other related family members want it?

No. There's some reasons for that.

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Dennis S
There are local/regional swap and shop places on Facebook that lots of people look at.

No one is really going to want it for furniture. Decoration, maybe. It's incredibly old. The fasteners and metal bits are all hand formed. The dresser is imperfect enough that each drawer, even though there's several of the same size and shape, has to be put in the same slot or it won't fit.

Are there any "Pioneer Village" or "Original Homestead" type places in your area that feature houses from 100 or more years ago? One of those would probably be delighted to have the stuff or to just use it as decoration on loan from you which would at least get it out of your way temporarily.



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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 03, 2021 09:48PM
THIS THREAD IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT PICS



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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 03, 2021 10:20PM
Sounds like it may qualify more for folk art than furniture. Send some auction house an email
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 04, 2021 01:51AM
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mrbigstuff
Sounds like it may qualify more for folk art than furniture. Send some auction house an email

Or museums.



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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 04, 2021 11:19AM
Antiques Roadshow.
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 04, 2021 12:38PM
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mattkime
THIS THREAD IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT PICS

MY THOUGHT EXACTLY.



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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 04, 2021 12:41PM
A legitimate antique may have value. We have a dresser from the late 18th century that acts as a linen chest. It belonged to great ^many grandparents.
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Re: Really, really old furniture - what to do with it?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 05, 2021 03:38AM
Yes, pics please.



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