“Antiques aren’t drawing the prices they were a couple of years ago”

Today I called a local furniture consignment store to inquire about their selling a Victorian ladies chair that was my mother’s, as well as the aforementioned humongous McGuire executive desk.

Here’s the chair:

Victorian chair

Victorian chair

The gal said they’d have their appraiser give me a rough price, but not to expect a lot, because the market for antiques has plunged. “Antiques aren’t drawing the prices they did a couple of years ago… you might want to wait to sell,” she said.

Right. But I want to sell it now.

I understand fashion cycles – things go in and out of vogue. Currently the 1950’s are hot (whodathunkit??).  Victoriana is cold. But my question is – will big old heavy stuff ever come back into fashion?

Everyone is wanting to live lighter, smaller, cheaper. Ikea – screw it together yourself is all the rage. If it breaks in a few years, so be it; we’ll get a new more trendy one when that happens.

Perhaps another golden age of well-crafted American-made antiques will return, but not until the economy is standing firmly back on its feet – and no doubt long after I’ve moved into my shoebox.

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