Not sure what to look for when you go antiquing? Learn how to spot valuables, negotiate the best prices, and avoid costly imitations with these simple tips.
Research and Learn Before You ShopEducate yourself about the items that interest you. Learn about different eras, styles, and materials to help you identify and appreciate pieces so you can negotiate the best price.
Where to ShopStart your search at local antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and thrift shops. These places are often gold mines for unique finds.
Condition MattersCheck the item’s condition. Look for signs of damage, wear, or restoration. A little wear can add character, but extensive damage may affect value.
Look for Authenticity Verify the authenticity of the item, especially for high-value pieces. Learn the markings, signatures, or labels on the item to ensure it’s genuine.
Negotiate with ConfidenceDon’t be afraid to negotiate prices, especially at flea markets and estate sales. Polite haggling is common in the world of antiquing.
Keep an open mindWhenever you go antiquing, you might find things you didn't think you needed! So think outside the box and keep an open mind as you wander through the market.
Follow along for more antiquing tips and some of my recent finds!