IKEA Has Ruined The Antiques Industry, Expert Says
Chances are, you grew up with at least a few pieces of antique furniture. Maybe it was that oak bar your father polished to
Miller co-wrote the antiquer's bible, Miller's Antique's Price Guide, in 1979 and is saddened by the shift to disposable furniture, which is oftentimes made from
Antiques, the furniture that is forever, have been squandered by the Scandinavian powerhouse, claims Miller. Prices for vintage pieces are at their lowest since the 1930s and most buying and selling happens on sites like eBay. Timeless pieces that once sold for thousands of dollars are now bringing in only a few hundred.
The global fascination with IKEA — a company that operates 392 stores across 48 countries — could be a result of more fast-paced lifestyles or even a lack of interest in interiors. "In some
It happens. Not sure what you love, but need a couch? The responsible instinct is to go to the mega store on a budget and bring home a piece that won't be too hard to part with when something better rolls along. Plus, IKEA isn't so shabby, especially when you can hack it to perfection. "Ikea has very good style," admitted Miller, who owns one of the retailer's bookcase. "IKEA has definitely affected the tastes of younger buyers, without
Regardless of your taste, Miller has a point when it comes to antiques and the environment. Buying cheap pieces you don't love (that will
[h/t Daily Mail]
From: House Beautiful
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