Upcycle to savings
Making what's old new again is a big trend in design and DIY circles. Upcycling, or making something better and new by changing it, can cost some money, but when you're looking at the quality of "old" furniture compared to new, you have to consider how much can be saved over many years. It's about value.
A new store in Vancouver's Gastown called L'Atelier home is focused on this idea. You can buy already "upcycled" goods, or bring your old item in to be upcycled. They also buy old furniture you don't want. Another option is to (donate or) shop Habitat for Humanities re-store. A listener also contacted me to suggest shopping the auctions. And if you think antiques may be beyond your bank account, upcyling has also hit the Ikea budget crowd: ever tried Ikea hacking? The value comes from financial savings, but also from creating something original.