Antique Kitchen

Antique kitchen stoves are perfect kitchen centerpieces

Unlike a retro kitchen, which is specific to a particular time period, you don't need to limit an antique kitchen to any kind of time limit. If you find a beautiful antique kitchen clock from the 1880s and want to display it on your 1930s kitchen table, you're free to mix and blend however you like. However, building an antique kitchen can be expensive, so it's important to set and stick to a budget you can live with as you acquire new pieces, while keeping in mind that you may have to pay additional professionals to restore things like antique kitchen stoves and antique kitchen clocks to working order.

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Finding Antique Kitchen Furniture and Appliances

There are a few reliable places to find antique pieces for your kitchen:

  • Local secondhand stores. Sometimes, you will find hidden treasures in secondhand and even charity stores in your local area. Spend a day or two browsing, and let the staff know you're looking for particular items if any customers bring them in. You can even leave your contact information so the store can get in touch with you if something you want or need shows up.
  • Antique markets and dealers. You don't have to limit yourself solely to antique shops; given the popularity of antiquing as a hobby, there are many weekend antique markets that operate regularly and allow you to browse the holdings of dozens of different dealers all at the same time.
  • The Internet. Online classified ads and auction websites are both excellent places to find pieces for your antique kitchen.

Here are some tips to help you find what you're looking for without exceeding your budget:

Spread your search to source harder-to-find pieces. An antique kitchen sink, for example, isn't something you're likely to find during a casual visit to a local shop, so looking online is more likely to lead to the kind of results you're looking for. Transport and shipping costs for these items can be extremely expensive, though, so sticking to a drivable location range is a good idea -- this affords you the chance to go see the item in person before buying it and the ability to bring it home yourself if you like it.