- About Us
Maine Antique Furniture and Kennebec River Antique Traders, LLC is located at 201 Norridgewock Rd, in the heart of Fairfield, Maine. Our phone number is 207-314-9621.
Proprietor John Julia has been selling antiques for close to five decades, an adventure that started as a young teenager when he ran the roads with his father "picking" antiques out of the attics and basements of old farms across Maine and Canada.
John bought and resold his very first piece at 14 years old - and has since developed a deep base of knowledge for all things from the Empire and Victorian era to post-WWII era, a keen eye that was born from an affinity for Westerns and the rober barrons of the American Industial Revolution.
In the 1980s John was one of the largest Wholesale dealers on the East Coast, and in the mid-1990s with the advent of eBay, he shifted his business to an online model, becoming one of the first eBay antique dealers. The internet has revolutinized the antique business, and allowed Maine Antique Furniture to build our company from a local to global.
At MaineAntiqueFurniture.com we understand that buying furniture online is never quite the same as being able to experience it in person. We do everything in our power to represent our collection as accurately as possible. We photograph our offerings in a purpose-built studio under lighting conditions designed to show accurate color representation and high resolution detail. We realize you'll need our best efforts in order to make a good purchase decision. We shoot every angle, try to capture every detail of interest and point out any flaws that we've found on every item. We isolate our subjects from the studio backgrounds including the floor, the ceiling, walls and mirror reflections for the single purpose of allowing the viewer to concentrate on the subjects. We never use photography tricks, or software special effects because your satisfaction and our reputation mean everything to us. Because video monitors vary in the colors they display based on a number of variables, your item may not look exactly the same in your home as it does in our photos. Our professional photography staff are always willing to work with you to insure your complete confidence. If you have any questions, or would like to see more photographs of a particular item, we invite you to post your questions or requests in the comments section found at the bottom of each item's page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. I have a question about an item. What do I do?
We try to make it as easy as possible for you to reach us. The quickest way is to post a question about any of our items in the comment box at the bottom of every item page. You will be notified by email when a response is posted. If you want to reach us during regular business hours you may call us, toll free, at 207-314-9621. You may also email John Julia directly, John@MaineAntiqueFurniture.com. Please be sure to include the item number in your correspondence.
2. I want to buy an item. What do I do?
You may purchase any of our items directly through this site. Simply add the items you are interested in purchasing to your shopping cart, follow the instructions and check out. We accept Paypal for all online purchases. We also accept credit card purchases by calling 207-314-9621, during business hours. We also have a very convienent and easy Layaway program. Paypal accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, money order or personal check as payment for purchases. Maine Residents are subject to a 5.5% Maine Sales Tax. Merchandise picked up by the buyer from our warehouse in Maine is subject to 5.5% Maine Sales Tax. If you are purchasing the item for re-sale, you must produce a valid Seller’s Certificate for exemption from sales tax.
2. What are the delivery charges for my item?
3. How do I know if my purchase will fit in my home?
In the item’s description we give the dimensions for each piece. Keep in mind that we are listing the maximum dimensions. For example, a china closet with a curved front will have the depth measured from the back to the farthest point of the curved front as well as the height being measured to the highest point.
4. How do I know if the item I am interested in is in original condition?
We try to describe items as accurately as we can. Condition is a relative term. The following is a glossary of a few terms we use:
“Excellent Original” – An item with a clear original finish. The grain of the wood is plainly visible and there are few, if any, age marks on the wood surface. The item will be professionally cleaned by our experts at MaineAntiqueFurniture.com.
“Good Original” – Like the above with some minor touch ups. Some spots might have minor crazing in the finish and the surface may have small nicks or scratches.
“Fair Original” – The piece will generally be dark with some crazing of the finish. In some places, the grain of the wood may be hard to distinguish.
“Restored Original” – Some finishes are in very good shape but have accumulated dirt and wax build-up over the years. We thoroughly clean and over-spray the piece with a dull-rub clear-lacquer finish to give a consistent appearance, adding depth to the finish.
“Refinished” – If a piece is in fine condition but has a highly crackled finish or surface scratches, we will remove the old finishes and apply a transparent wood stain with multiple coats of medium rubbed lacquer. You can expect a clear, even finish with the grain of the wood very bold.
“Cleaned” – Every one of our items is hand-cleaned with Restore-A-Finish, which feeds the wood, brightens the finish, and blends most minor surface scratches.
5. I see my item has a lock and keys. Will the keys and locks work?
As a general rule, if an item is photographed with a key, you should receive a key with your purchase. If a key gets lost between here & your delivery, let us know and we will be able to arrange a suitable replacement key in the rare event that this should this happen. It is important to realize that old locks can fail for any number of reasons, and are quite temperamental. There are all sorts of levels of functionality, but we cannot gurantee any one, as old locks can work quite well, then get a little touchy for a bit, and then go right back to working again. Or, some of them get stuck and never become unstuck. There are many different reasons why this can happen, including a change in humidity, movement during transport, etc. We don’t replace or service locks ourselves, and most customers do not seem to mind that there is a possibility that locks might not be functioning; however, if it is important to you, please note that the best way to guarantee that your locks will work is to have them professionally serviced once they reach your location. Please feel free to ask us more about keys and locks for any particular item before your purchase.
6. I’m not entirely comfortable making purchases online. Are your transactions secure?
We completely understand the concerns of today’s online shopper because we’ve been buying and selling online for 20 years ourselves. Internationally recognized, accepted and admired, Paypal has developed a secure payment system devoting enormous resources to maintain your financial security and personal privacy. After considering several different ways to handle online purchase transactions, MaineAntiqueFurniture.com made the decision to partner with Paypal, and here’s why:
- Your sensitive financial information is securely stored on PayPal’s servers, not ours.
- When you use PayPal to pay online, you provide only your PayPal email address.
- The merchants/retailers receive payment from PayPal without ever seeing your financial information.
- PayPal offers a secure Layaway program we can now offer our customers.
For more information about PayPal and their comprehensive security program, please click here to visit PayPal’s Security Center. If you have any further security concerns about your transactions with us, please contact MaineAntiqueFurniture.com by clicking here.
6. What if I need to return an item?
At Kennebec River Antique Traders, quality has always been a priority. Contact the MaineAntiqueFurniture.com business office Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time by calling 1-207-314-9621, or click here to contact us. if your product is received damaged. We want you to be 100% satisfied and are ready to assist you.
We make every effort to deliver products that meet or exceed your expectations. In the event that our products do not meet your expectations the following return policies and procedures apply.
Return Procedure: Items shipped
You must return the product along with the Return Authorization number via an approved commercial carrier within ten (10) days of receiving the product. Repack the item securely in its original carton.
We regret that we cannot accept returns that do not include a Return Authorization Number or items returned after ten (10) days of receipt. You must contact us to receive the RMA form. Shipping charges are not refundable and you are responsible for the return shipping charges. If you receive a damaged, defective, or incorrect item, your warranty service will be provided at no charge.
Your product will be inspected upon return. A return handling charge of 10% of the purchase price will be deducted from the refund amount. A credit will be issued to the original credit card or PayPal account used for the purchase within fifteen (15) days from when the item has been received at our Returns Distribution Center. Refunds generally appear on your credit card statement in one to two billing periods.
Return Procedure: In-Home Delivery Service items
Within three (3) days of receiving the product contact our Business office at 1-207-314-9621 to facilitate your return. If authorized, a pick up will be scheduled.
We regret that we cannot accept returns that are not authorized by our business office within three (3) days of your receipt of the product. In-Home Delivery Service shipping charges are not refundable and you are responsible for the return shipping (pick up) charges. If you receive a damaged, defective, or incorrect item, your warranty service will be provided at no charge.
Your refund will be reduced by a return handling charge equal to 15% of the purchase price and an In-Home Delivery Service pick up charge equal to the original In-Home Delivery Service delivery charge, if any. A credit will be issued to the original credit card or PayPal account used for the purchase within fifteen (15) days of return of the product. Refunds generally appear on your credit card statement in one to two billing periods.
7. Where are your store locations?
We are, exclusively, an online-retail operation. Our business model depends on low overhead so that we may offer our collection to you at the most competitive levels. We have plenty of online retail experience, having always been at the forefront of online antique furniture sales. We were one of the very first eBay antique furniture dealers.