How to find antiques…
Antique shopping is like treasure hunting, you can stumble across some fabulous pieces – if you know what you are looking for!
There is no better feeling than wondering whom the previous owners were of old items you have come across… and more importantly what you can do with the items now. Here are a few helpful tips to help you when antique hunting;
Have a plan
Some people like to circle the room, then go back to what interests them; some go straight to the owner to see how items are organized then go the areas that interests them. Whatever your strategy, keep a list of your favorite items to hand so you can stay focused.
You’ll kick yourself if you arrive at noon and see “your” chest being carted off by someone else. Go early and know exactly what you’re looking for.
Think outside the box
Look at items in a different way to how they were typically used in the olden days, items in an antique’s store aren’t always going to be used in the exact way they were intended for. An old storage chest would be a gorgeous alternative to a modern TV stand, and will of course add to your country cottage theme!
Don’t pay full price
Haggle, haggle haggle. Don’t be afraid to negotiate on price, most dealers will expect this. Only pay full price if the vendor wont budge and you think it is worth it. Also take cash, generally vendors don’t have credit card machines and cash can help you accomplish a better deal “l only have £10 left in my purse…”
Learn about the history of items. It always makes a piece more interesting if you know where it came from and it’s original purpose. Items are always more special if you know where it’s been and is a great talking point with friends and family
What to Take with you:
- Blankets to wrap delicate purchases
- Rope to tie items to the roof of the car if furniture hunting
- A cover to shield items that are tied to the roof
- Plastic shopping bags
- Bubble wrap
- Boxes to stop items from rolling around in the car
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