Collecting Old Amish Furniture

People will collect just about anything and everything. Whether its mass produced or carefully crafted by hand; whether it is for monetary gain, personal satisfaction or for simply sentimental value, people are just natural hoarders at heart and they need to collect.

From baseball cards, to comic books; from doll houses to fine China, people love what they love and will go to great lengths to get what they so desperately desire. These items can bring in the big bucks, possibly thousands of dollars. You just got to know what to look for.

Most collectibles of this type are very fragile and need to be handled with extreme care. Especially when it comes to comic books and baseball cards, these are definitely not for children and are not intended to be handled that often - if not at all. The same goes for antique doll houses and fine China. You can't play with a doll house that is worth a lot of money, nor would it be wise to use your fine China for everyday use. Not only are you diminishing its value, you may even possibly ruin it to the point where it will be completely worthless.

However, people have discovered Amish furniture and its phenomenal value. Now, collectors of all sorts and trades have now switched gears and are totally focused on antique furniture that is made by the Amish. The problem with most collectors nowadays is that they lack the experience to know the difference between antiques and just old, fine wood furniture.

Since the Amish still make furniture by hand to this day, it may be difficult to determine which fine wood furniture is antique, old or even new. The Amish know how to make furniture that can last for years and years. The furniture is of simple design, made with the finest materials and is a perfect example of how high quality craftsmanship can withstand the tests of time.

People seem to think that you need to go east to find good quality, antique furniture made by the Amish, but this is not true. Amish furniture has made it all the way to the west coast. Some of the best antique furniture stores have furniture made by the Amish, but they have marked up the price drastically to pay for the furniture to be shipped from coast to coast.

Unfortunately, shop keepers and furniture dealers may not know what they have. Some furniture is refinished to make it look older than it really is. Knowing little tricks like noticing scratches and blemishes that are man-made from those that are naturally made is a good skill to develop when shopping for collectible wood furniture.