These dovetail joints were common back in the day. They held furniture together without the need of nails or screws. They make for sturdy construction and are a sign that the person who made it put time and care into their work
In comparison, one of the reasons why antique furniture is so coveted, is due to the unique nature of the pieces. Craftsmen took the time to build furniture to the best of their ability, using skill, knowledge, and high-quality materials meant to last. People could not afford to replace furniture every season or even every few years, so it was important that whatever furniture they had, was built well. Some pieces were even custom-built for the homes or businesses they were intended for. You can’t get that in a big box store!
What Load of Rubbish loves about antique furniture though is the fact that so many people still love it. People appreciate the quality of the piece, the history behind it, and the unique nature of it. They understand that by buying old furniture it is kept out of the landfill and might save a few more cheap pieces from being built. They also care about their homes and the planet, and want to make sure it is around for many more generations to come.
It’s in our mandate—recycle, donate, dispose. There’s a reason why dispose is last. Choosing and valuing antiques prevents us from having to dispose of things. So any time we get old furniture, we are more than happy to see it get reused via a trip to the thrift store. If all it needs is a dust or fresh coat of wax to bring back the shine, isn’t it worth it to appreciate old furniture for many more years to come?