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Furniture is Like Fashion


Are you wearing the same clothes you wore 10, 15 or even 30 years ago?  I’ll admit I have a belt and perhaps a tie or two I’ve had for a while, but none of what I wear regularly is of that vintage. However, many of us, if not most of us, on a daily basis use  couches, tables, chairs and other items of furniture that we  have had for many, many years.

The point I’m trying to get to, is that while our furniture serves its function quite well, it’s usually, if it’s of a contemporary nature, not worth a whole lot to someone else because it reflects a style that’s no longer “in style”.  Because of its expense and the headache of moving it, most of us don’t change out our furniture on a regular basis. Often time, furniture is bought to fit a new home a family moves into and there it sits for many decades to come.

Adding to the dilemma of selling furniture, even more recent pieces, is that element of fashion again. The colors one might have wanted to match some other design element might not be at all what a potential buyer might desire. We all have our own unique sense of style and seldom does it translate to someone else.

Furniture can be nice, fun and functional, but with few exceptions,  its value does not appreciate.  In most cases, it is worth today far less than what we paid for it many years ago. Just like that 10 year old jacket!

See you soon,

Terry Mangum – Professional Auctioneer

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