TILLEY’S TIPS OF THE TRADE
High-end luxury consignment galleries make great sources—many items there have been purchased by designers for their clients from showrooms that are not open to the public, only to trade professionals.
keep a list
Write down what you’re looking for. If you’re searching for a dining table, know the dimensions of the space and measurements for the entryway access.
Learn the difference between “designed by,” “after,” “attributed to,” “in the manner of,” “in the style of,” etc. You’ll often see these terms associated with items, both in stores and online.