Buying your first home is always an exciting (sometimes stressful) experience, but the best part is decorating it and making it your own. The temptation may be to buy generic furniture, but why not make your home unique with statement antique furniture? You can find pieces of furniture or furnishings that no one else you know has, and each item has its own story. Although antique furniture is obviously older, it is often a lot more robust than modern furniture and it lasts much longer too. The other good news is that you don’t have to worry about nightmarish flat packs either. There are so many decisions to be made when picking furniture, ornaments and decorations for your home but when throwing antiques into the mix, there are also so many exciting choices to pick from. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of GAUK when furnishing your first home.

Calculate your budget


When making any decisions about furnishing for your new home, you will have to think about how much you have to spend. Items for auction will have an estimate price bracket – in a bidding situation however, it is impossible to judge how much an item will sell for in the end. To avoid spending your whole budget on one item when you want to buy multiple items, make sure you set an individual budget for each item you want. Remember to consider the auctioneer’s commission and delivery costs as well. If you are unsure of these costs, the contact details of the auctioneer are available with each lot. Antique furniture items might seem like a greater expense but for the longer life they have it’s worth investing in them. You will likely end up spending a lot more over the years by having to replace furniture that breaks, particularly when you move house.

Decide on what items you want


Whether you want to kit out your new home completely with antique furniture or you want to mix and match with more contemporary furniture, it’s a good idea to think about what types of antique items you would like. You can get a few key pieces such as dressers, wardrobes and tables or accessorise your home with smaller antiques such as vases, rugs and ornaments. Now you have decided on your budget and the kinds of items you want to get with it, you can use to search for items you want to bid on. You can be as specific or vague as you like – if you know you definitely want a Victorian 4-drawer dresser or that you specifically want a dining table in a particular colour, then head to the Auctions page and type your requirements into the search box. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can always set up an auction alert  you when that item becomes available. Bidding on antiques is a really exciting experience, but remember with any auction you take part in to always consider your predetermined budget. It’s also the best recycling ever.

Make the item yours

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So you’ve bought your antique item(s) and they have passed the threshold of your first home. They might be ready for display after a quick dust over, or you may decide to restore them by giving them a sanding and lick of paint, or reupholstering the fabrics. This process can be done frugally – in fact, in acquiring your new home, it is likely you may have some leftover paint that could breathe new life into a dining table and chairs, and decent fabrics can be acquired for very reasonable prices. Before you start restoring your antiques, do some research into the materials that you are working with as you do not want to ruin your furniture by using the wrong paints and varnishes. Antiques may be robust, but damaging their finish can easily be done if they are not cared for correctly. With plenty of auction lots to choose from here and more added every day; your first home can be filled with beautiful unique antiques in no time.

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