Shopping for antiques is like going on a treasure hunt. Weaving up and down the halls of an old antique shop, you never know what hidden gem you might stumble upon.
For some, it’s a leisurely stroll through a local shop. For others, it’s a hardcore hobby.
If you’re looking to fill your home with pieces of the past, check out our insights from seasoned antique shoppers and their tips for finding timeless treasures.
Before You Begin
Before you begin your trip to the local antique hub in your town, make sure you understand the “jargon,” as Carly Fauth from Money Crashers suggested.
“To be considered a true antique, it must be at least 100 years old,” said Fauth. “Any other terminology, such as ‘collectible,’ probably means it’s not an antique.”
Ash No, founder of SFRugs, an online antique rug shop, suggests you must be educated on the value of an antique before shopping. No suggests to base the value off the item’s price, condition and reparability.
Therefore, consider the price of the item in reference to its current condition. Will it need to be fixed? Can it be fixed? If the price isn’t right, you might want to pass on that particular piece of the past.
As far as where to start your search, find estate sales, auctions, antique malls, barn sales and even festivals for all your antique shopping. If you’re looking for a deal, stick to flea markets; antique fairs will have a more tailored retail selection and, therefore, higher prices.
Adventures in Antiquing
Should you search for a specific time period? Or for the perfect piece to pull together a room in your home? Or maybe you should just wing it?
Nicolas Martin, flea market expert and founder of Flea Market Insiders, suggested that it depends on what you’re looking for or expecting from a day of antique shopping.
“It is more advised to go in open if you plan to bring something home at the end of the day,” he explained. “The narrower your search fields, the lower probability…