Well, as promised, here are my thoughts on investing in furniture.
Don't do it !!
That is, if you want a financial investment. If that is the case, then go see a financial adviser. Yes, there are people that can buy and sell furniture and make a quick buck, but, the odds are that you aren't one of them.
Now, don't get me wrong, it isn't that I don't truly believe that furniture is a good investment, it's just that for me, it's an investment that will only pay off financially for those that I leave behind and that is only if I can't instill some kind of a sense of style into them before my time is up. Hopefully if that's the case, then they'll be fighting over these objects the way family members are supposed to when loved ones pass on. Not because they want to sell the items, but because something about each piece appeals to them on some level or another.
Furniture is an investment in life and in lifestyle and depending on how much value you put on furniture as a part of lifestyle, you may or may not decide to invest in items for your home that others deem to be senseless extravagances for the wealthy.
I continually find myself telling clients to slow down and think about the end result that they would like to achieve with their home. When Mel and I moved to our current home, we had one rule, "Nothing comes into the house that isn't part of our long term plan" Now this of course was pretty much impossible to achieve, because at that time we had a very limited amount of furniture that fit the plan, but we stayed as true to that as possible and it motivated us to come up with a plan and do our best to save up and buy the items that we really want. It isn't often that I sell anything anymore, but I have to let you know that I just sold six Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs for about half of what I paid for them three years ago.
Let that be a lesson to me.