When I first moved out on my own after college I didn’t have any furniture to speak of. As I had just graduated from college I couldn’t afford to buy all the furniture that I needed right away so I had to gradually buy things to fill up my apartment. There were many things that I couldn’t afford to buy brand new so I spent a lot of time strolling through antique shops looking for furniture that fit my style and my budget. Antique or vintage furniture is something that I love, however because of its age it isn’t always in the best shape. I have found that when items I would like to buy aren’t in the greatest condition that I can easily barter my way down to an affordable price. Using this strategy I was able to furnish my new apartment in a few short months. The problem was that I had an apartment full of antique furniture that was desperately in need of some conditioning.
I found a great upholstery cleaning service that saved my sanity. I was able to have all of my furniture cleaned and conditioned to return it to the best possible shape. I couldn’t believe the difference that it had made in my antique furniture. After allowing some time for my finances to bounce back after buying so much furniture for my apartment, I was able to focus on filling my space with more decorative items. I bought an area rug for the living room that tied things together very nicely. Of course this was another vintage find so after buying it I took it to an area rug cleaning service. Again, I was shocked by the results. The rug looked as good as new! You would never have known that I bought it used. Throughout my experience furnishing my apartment I found that I could purchase vintage furniture and have it professionally cleaned for less than the cost of buying the same item brand new. Not only that but now my apartment is filled with with vintage items that have great character and is much more fitting to my style.
I would definitely recommend hiring an upholstery or area rug cleaning service if you are thinking of buying vintage furniture. I have found it to be much more cost effective than buying furniture brand new. I also feel that the quality of my items is higher because as my grandmother says, “they just don’t make things the way that they used to”. My friend spent a ton of money on a new couch that was completely destroyed in only two short years. My vintage couch was much cheaper, even after having it professionally cleaned, and it is still lasting after many decades. I feel like even if I could afford to buy brand new furniture that I might stick with vintage instead. After figuring out how easy it is to have the upholstery cleaned I don’t see a reason for spending that much money to buy something new.