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#3 is the most overlooked mistake you need to be aware of.

| By Juna Xu | Interiors

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Vintage Furniture

#3 is the most overlooked mistake you need to be aware of.

While it might be easier to visit your local shopping centre and pick out a new table from a chain store, there's a certain feeling of accomplishment that comes from rummaging (or scrolling) through an antique market and stumbling across the one.

After touring over 100 homes as part of our The Makers series, it’s evident a home styled with beautiful vintage furniture gives it a more interesting and charming feel – something co-founder of online curated homewares and accessories shop Merci Maison, Jade Yarbrough, agrees with, too.

“Vintage pieces always inject so much personality and character into a space,” Yarbrough tells Bed Threads Journal. “They bring a sense of history and worldliness, they tell a story, and they are beautifully unique. There is nothing like that feeling of sourcing a truly unique or even one-off piece that no one else will ever have.”

There are countless Instagram and online boutiques that do the hard work for you to bring weekly collections of beautiful wares to covet, purchasing teak sideboards, statement velvet couches, gilded mirrors or even the ever-so-popular Danish Caprani lamp. However, that’s also part of the problem – it may be too easy to hit the ‘Purchase’ button whenever you come across a piece that jumps out at you. The process of purchasing the perfect vintage piece for you and your home involves careful consideration.

Here, Yarbrough reveals the five biggest mistakes she sees too often when it comes to sourcing and buying vintage furniture.

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