Antiques are having a moment. Everything from bright and bold textiles, garments, and weavings are sought after items at antique stores. Other trends in the antique market include statement-making lamps and chandeliers. Not only are they functional in adding light to a room, but they add glamour and create a WOW moment. Fresno is proud to have a huge selection of antique and collectible stores.
Just because an item is old does not make it an antique. Items identified as antiques are purchased and acquired for personal use, gifts, and in the case of dealers and brokers, for profit. It is characteristic to define an antique as being at least 100 years old. However, in reality, an object does not need to reach an age of 100 years to be labeled as an antique. One example is an automobile because cars that are 50 years of age (or less) are typically identified as antique automobiles.
Antiquing has grown in popularity over the years, and today it’s especially popular among millennials. This can be attributed to awareness and a commitment to sustainability today. Young people are choosing to buy pre-owned items to decorate their apartment and homes, over brand new items. The antique market was once dominated by older men, but that’s shifted to young women who can’t buy enough vintage clothing and want to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to the sustainability reasons, the younger generation finds antiques to be a thrifty option and appreciates their level of quality. There’s truth to the saying, “they don’t make them like they used to.”
Part of the appeal of shopping in an antique store is that you never know what treasure you’re going to find. You might discover mid-century modern tables, art deco lamps, vintage dresses, a typewriter, artwork, or jewelry.
There are some items that are consistently top sellers in an antique store, including vintage toys and kitchen items. Recently there has been a greater interest in boho decor, metal items, and farm signs.
One of Fresno’s popular antique shops is Chesterfield’s Antiques and Consignments, boasting 12,000 square feet of showroom space. High-end brands such as Lalique and Tiffany can be found at Chesterfield’s and furniture of every finish can be found, including Mahogany, cherry wood, American pine, and walnut.
Owners of Palm & Olive Vintage & Antiques, Eric Ram and George Huddleston, have been in the antique business for decades. Located at 302 E Olive Ave. on the southeast corner of Palm and Olive Avenues, Palm & Olive sells all kinds of antiques, ranging from 1762-1980s. Their buyers come from near and far to shop Palm & Olive Antiques.
Modern design is less about following the “rules” and more about showing off items that you connect with. Mixing and matching are in! Disparate pieces can be combined to make an individual, unique look. So visit the antique stores in Fresno and purchase the items that you’re drawn to, rather than the pieces that you think will make you money in the future, or the experts tell you to buy. You’re the one living in your home with the purchase, so it’s important to find an antique you love.