If you want to add some class to just about any room or porch while pampering your feathered friends, finding a decorative birdcage can be a fun and rewarding adventure.
Decorative birdcages are available in a variety of styles and range from ceiling hanging, post mounted or floor stands. Whether you are searching for a classic “Conservatory,” Victorian or Venetian style, or a more whimsical design with figurines, there are a number of online specialty sites that offer newly manufactured decorative birdcages. If you are looking for something more one-of-a-kind, you can explore sites that sell handmade birdcages as well as estate sales and antique shops. Another good option for finding decorative or even antique birdcages is to search for garage sales in your local area.
Take your time before committing to anything. Most decorative birdcages are designed to be used only as décor, though you can find some very elaborate ones that are also functional for keeping living birds. It is important before you go searching for a decorative birdcage to decide if you want it just for decor or to also keep birds. If you choose one just for its looks and then change your mind, you’re out of luck.
If you decide to purchase a decorative birdcage online, you have to rely on the measurements printed on the website being accurate. On the other hand, shopping online allows you to canvas prices at other sites before making a choice. This should include international sites that may offer decorative birdcages you won’t find in the U.S. Remember that decorative birdcages tend to be large, bulky affairs and online purchases mean you will most likely be paying for shipping.
Shopping for your decorative birdcage in an actual brick-and-mortar store will give you the opportunity to check the measurements, and the quality and strength of the materials and hardware such as the hinges. It also allows you the opportunity to ask the sales clerk questions.
While you can find results for decorative birdcages on sites like eBay, you will most likely be looking at cages you have seen on other retail sites but for a lesser price.
On the other hand, Etsy.com was launched on June 18th, 2005, as “the world’s handmade marketplace” to globally promote artistic offerings from very small businesses. At last check, Etsy had 155 items under the "decorative birdcage" category, all handmade and not likely found anywhere else. Etsy helps these artists by offering educational and event spaces for the artist communities in Brooklyn and Berlin, as well as regular “pop-up” sites in Hamburg, Munich, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Portland, OR, and San Francisco, CA.
Searching estate sales, especially those that take place at older, Victorian-style homes, and antique shops are great places to find vintage decorative birdcages. Chances are you’ll find one-of-a-kind birdcages that are actually worth much more than the asking price. Even those that are slightly damaged would be worth the effort if you’re planning on using it only as a decorative accent. In fact, if you do find one slightly damaged, you can use that fact to negotiate an even lower price.