An antique plant stand can be a visually appealing addition to a home, though it is important to keep in mind that such stands can be quite expensive and may require some refurbishing. It helps to draw up a budget for purchasing an antique plant stand before you go shopping so you know what stands are within your price range. It is also a good idea to do some research beforehand so you have a good understanding of the different types of antique stands as well as the common prices of such stands. This will ensure you get a fair price from a dealer.
Unlike purchasing a new stand, when you are considering purchasing an antique plant stand, the condition of the stand may not necessarily discount it as a bad purchase. An antique plant stand in need of some repair or refurbishing may actually be a good purchase, especially if you are on a tight budget. You may be able to buy the stand for a lower price than the same stand in better condition, and if you are willing and able to do the refurbishing yourself, you can save money on a high-quality antique.
Consider where in the home you would like to place the antique plant stand. This may help dictate your choice of stand when you go shopping. Some stands will work better in certain room decor, while others may not blend in well with your room. This is ultimately a matter of preference, and there is no wrong decision. Just be sure the stand is attractive and in keeping with your overall preferences and the decor of the room. Make sure to measure the space where the antique plant stand will be placed as well so you know how large or small of a stand is likely to work well there.
If you are looking for a certain type of antique plant stand — say, a Chinese antique stand — you should do a fair amount of research before you go shopping. Be sure to know the different types of woods commonly used to make the stands as well as how to recognize those woods. Take note of defining characteristics, and pay attention to the common list prices of such antiques to ensure you can negotiate for a fair price. The more you know about the antique, the less likely a seller will be to try to take advantage of you or rip you off.