Changing Trends in Decorating Often Determine What’s Hot & Not At Estate Sales

What’s in vogue for home decor plays a large part in what is selling at estate sales.

About ten years ago anything from the Victorian era was a guarantee sale. Marble top dressers, tables, silver, silverplate, floral and animal oil paintings, and all the various decorative accessories that Victorians liked to use. Middle and upper class Victorians had something for everything and left few spaces on table tops and walls. Most of the wood used was medium to dark in color and in many instances was black. Items as decorative as dining table top folding screens, velvet covered boxes for gloves, etc. were all part of their decor.

A few years after that came the 1930’s & 1940’s mahogany furniture period. Bedroom sets, dining room sets, and end tables were extremely popular. Items like dressers, chest of drawers, dining tables, and chairs were reproduced the in styles such as Duncan Phyfe, Chippendale, Sheraton, and others dating from the 18th century.

Also popular not long ago was the Art Deco period with waterfall style chests and a sleek streamline in furnishings and even barware (vintage Farberware for instance used for cocktail shakers, martini glasses, and even coffee pots).

Shabby Chic was hot not long ago. Just 5 years ago or so, rusty iron pieces, peeling paint, crackled wood, and items that showed their age and wear were or could be distressed to give this appearance.

Today Mid-Century Modern is the hot seller at many estate sales across the country. EstateSalesNews.com recently covered a large estate sale filled with collections of Mid-Century Modern in Midland, Michigan.

Another look that is popular is the minimalist look where furnishings are reduced to just necessary elements.

Every area of the country has a hot and what’s not trend, but estate sale companies keep informed on what’s selling in their area and can and should showcase any of those items if they are in your sale. It is an important way in attracting buyers to your sale. Knowing what’s selling and being able to project possibilities of items that may not be the most in fashionable right now is just another hat that the experienced estate liquidator must wear.

For more information we suggest you visit Wikipedia for more detailed information on the various decors we have discussed. You can also Google them.

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