The Consignment Cottage Warehouse is not an antique dealer or an antique appraiser, but we do gather the occasional antique in our shop. An Antique furniture is a collectible interior furnishing of considerable age. Often its age, rarity, condition, utility, or other unique features makes a piece of furniture desirable as a collectors' item, and thus termed an "antique". It is common practice to define "antique" as applying to collectibles and furniture at least 100 years old. We tend to have fine antiques from homes in and around Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Boone, Linville, and Newland, North Carolina.
Antique furniture can be a product of artistic design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture's functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose. Domestic furniture may include furnishings such as clocks and lighting and can be made from many materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.
The earliest furniture was simple and practical, but as furniture became crafted and decorated it became an early status symbol. Historically, wealthy homeowners demanded that their furnishings reflect their status and lifestyles.