Something I’ve not done for years is visit a local auction house. Where I live there are still auctions in market towns. They tend to reflect the farming and country folk who have supported the local area for generations. There wasn’t any wonderful online auction and furniture sales sites years ago and this was the only way to obtain good quality antique and much loved family pieces without ordering new from those forbidding showrooms in town! My eye was caught recently for the upcoming auction of a complete farm – all the industrial side of it was on one week and the furniture, and complete household of goods and chattles another week. I was tempted to go down on the day of the house sale – but I would have found it hard to be disciplined in my bidding if I saw something that caught my eye. That’s where a dedicated antique and old furniture online site suits me so much better – I can study what’s available at my leisure and just pay for things at the price shown. They’ll include vat and I can either elect to collect or pay a little extra for delivery.