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Avoiding Fraudulent Country Furniture

We've all been burned by furniture that looked old when the auctioneer sold it up but turned out to be brand spanking new when we picked it up after the auction. Here are some ways to avoid getting burned again.

Most important, adhere to the auction goer's Prime Directive: Don't buy without previewing! Then, when previewing...

And here's a sure test to add to that list. March right up to the auctioneer and ask how old the piece is. If he (or she) waffles or weasels, ask them point blank to guarantee the authenticity. If they won't, tell them you'll have to assume it's fake and that the rest of the stuff in the auction might be fake too so you'll have to be very cautious in your bidding.

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