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Shopping for new or used furniture in KwaZulu-Natal is a breeze online. Shoppers can find plenty of furniture styles from distinguished antiques to top-of-the line modern couches and desks. Sellers sometimes use technical terms for describing furniture and buyers might get confused on the difference between antique, retro, and vintage furniture.

Antique Furniture

Antique furniture refers to any piece of furniture older than 100 years. Antique refers to second hand furniture for sale in KwaZulu-Natal, but their previous owners often lovingly cared for these pieces. Victorian furniture made from 1840 to 1910 is popular due to its extravagant style that often includes an extreme amount of detail. Chippendale furniture from 1750 to 1790 is rare due to its age, but shares many similarities to Victorian furniture. These pieces also command premium prices. Arts and Craft pieces from 1890 to 1910 are a simple alternative to Victorian pieces and also frequently appear online.

Vintage Furniture

There are several definitions for vintage furniture, but generally it refers to anything between 25 to 100 years old. The biggest selection of vintage furniture comes from the Mid-Century Modern furniture produced from 1940 to 1960. Furniture in this style refers to pieces that exhibit a futuristic, minimal style. For example, it is possible to find a Mid-Century Modern dresser that has clean, simple lines, uses high quality wood, and has handles made to resemble a rocket ship. Vintage pieces are less expensive than true antiques, but their value will rise in coming years provided they remain in good condition.

Retro Furniture

Retro furniture is not old, but it is made to resemble an older style. It is possible to find retro furniture that looks like true antiques, such as a Victorian chair. However, the used furniture for sale in KwaZulu-Natal bearing the retro label is not nearly as valuable as a true antique. Buying retro pieces is a good idea for someone who likes a certain style but does not have the budget to afford true antique pieces.

Second hand furniture in KwaZulu-Natal usually belongs to an antique, vintage, or retro furniture group. Knowing the differences between these terms, as well as the different styles within these groups is essential for any shopper who wants to make a wise purchase. Take time to study the listing and ask questions of the seller when purchasing used furniture online to verify its authenticity.