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How do I Choose the Best Antique Marble Top Tables?

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  • Written By: Judith Smith Sullivan
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 07 July 2018
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The best antique marble top tables are in excellent condition, priced according to your budget, and are the right size for your space. There are many varieties of antique marble top tables. Your needs will determine the best table for you, so understand what you want and what you can afford before you begin your search.

Most of your home decor budget should go towards major pieces, like the dining room table or family sofa, since those pieces will be used the most. For these items, buy the highest quality you can afford since cheap and poorly made furniture will wear out faster, costing you more money in the long term. Budget conservatively for your antique marble top table because it will probably be an accent piece.

Sometimes individuals make the mistake of buying expensive antiques that they cannot afford because they believe they can resell them for a profit. Remember that antique dealers are doing the same thing. Chances are, after you pay their asking price, your profit margin will be slim. You will probably get more enjoyment from purchasing an antique that you like and that fits into your budget.

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After you have determined how much you plan to spend, measure the height, width, and length of the area where you plan to place the table. If it is going to function as an end table, measure the height of the sofa or chair the table will sit beside. The marble top table should not be higher than the armrest.

With your budgeted price and measurements in mind, start shopping for antique marble top tables. Antique stores and shows often have a good selection, but visit other places for the best deals. You never know what you might find in a flea market or yard sale. Wherever you shop, bring a magnifying glass and a flash light in case there are small parts on the table or poor lighting.

When you've found a piece that you like, measure it and check its price. You should also inspect it thoroughly before purchasing it. Condition is one of the determining factors in the value and pricing of an antique. Some sellers are unscrupulous and may try to sell you a mediocore quality piece for a superior quality price. Check the antique marble top table for yourself before you buy.

Begin by looking at the marble top itself. Run your hands over the surface, looking and feeling for cracks, chips and stains. Edges of antique marble top tables are especially prone to chipping. Next, check the body and legs of the table for broken or splintered areas. If there are drawers, pull them out and inspect them as well.

If any section of the table appears to be a different color or material, the table might have been repaired at some point. Look closely at the knobs or handles, since the original hardware is often replaced. Like chips, cracks, or splinters, repairs and replacements are considered imperfections and affect the value of the antique.

Exercise caution when you purchase an item that is not in excellent condition. There may come a time when you wish to resell it. Even items that are in average to good condition may not sell for the price you originally paid, leaving you in the position of losing money on your purchase. For that reason, buy items that are in excellent to superior condition.

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