Q: What is the difference between Antique and Vintage?
A: Everything you buy for the home (furniture, lighting, rugs, artwork) can be plotted on a historical timeline and labeled antique or vintage. Not everything for sale has a certified date of origin, but an item’s age is key in determining it’s value. Also considered are condition, quality and rarity. The age of an item is evaluated not only in terms of its actual date of origin but also in the context of what is fashionable at the time as well as socio-economic trends.
Antique: An antique can be defined as "a relic or object of ancient times" or "a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period.” According to various customs laws, the item must be at least 100 years old. If an item is not definitively datable to 100 or more years in age, it should not be directly referred to as an antique.
Vintage: An item described as vintage should speak of the era in which it was produced. Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in "vintage 1950's" but it can also mean (and probably always should) that the item exhibits the best of a certain quality associated with that specific era. An item should be representational and recognizable as belonging to the era in which it was made. Vintage should not be used in reference to items less than 20 years old.
Q: Do you ship antiques?
A: Yes, we're happy to obtain several shipping estimates and make arrangements to ship items to most destinations worldwide. Please provide us with the shipping address and we will get the best quote for you by our trusted shippers. Items professionally shipped or mailed out of state do not incur Alabama sales tax.
Q: Do you rent antiques?
A: Yes, we give quotes for prop hire per request. Our standard fee is 10% per item at full retail value, for one week rental. We require a check for the full value of items on hire which is held until the items are returned. Damages and/or loss will be charged to the hirer at full value of each item. Items should be checked by the hirer upon receipt. Deliveries left at unattended premises are at hirers risk. Deliveries or collection of goods are the responsibility of hirer.
Q: Do you offer designer discounts TO THE TRADE?
A: Yes, we offer designer discounts TO THE TRADE. Please submit the form and provide a copy of your Business License or Resale Certificate and a business card in person or by email.
Q: Can I combine antiques with modern or traditional interiors?
A: Yes, mix...don't match! Antiques are a wonderful addition to any room. Using antiques is the perfect way to add texture and depth to your designs.
Q: How do I care for my furniture?
A: We recommend using the following guidelines:
UPHOLSTERY CARE GUIDELINES
SPILL TIPS: Pat spills immediately with a soft white cloth. Always test cleaners first in an inconspicuous place. Do not saturate fabric with cleaner. Pat instead of rubbing to avoid altering surface texture. (Pile fabrics may need a nonmetallic, stiff-bristle brush to restore their appearance.) Clean stains from the outer edge in to prevent “circling."
CASE GOOD CARE GUIDELINES