Antiques are no longer just old items sitting in your grandmother’s house. These second-hand items are making a huge comeback in home décor.
The thought of antique shopping can be daunting and bring up questions like: “How do I get through all the stuff in here?” “How do I know if I’m getting a good deal?” and “Is this really something I want?”
Fear not home-shoppers, it’s not as hard as it seems. Here are some tips on how to make the experience easier:
- Time it right
Antique shopping isn’t like going to Pier 1 Imports, it’s more like treasure hunting. Allotting yourself time to shop is one of the best things you can do while antique shopping whether it be at an antique mall, antique show or a flea market.
“If you’re going to an antique show or fair for the best deals and selection, you must arrive early (and wear comfortable shoes)! Depending on the size and popularity of the show, you may need to arrive hours before it starts if you want to be one of the first shoppers in the door.”
- Negotiate the price down
Sometimes antique shopping is a way to save a lot of money on quality items, but for some people, getting the best bargain is nerve-wracking.
In this article from HGTV, Cari Cucksey says, that “The best way to start the conversation is by asking what the seller’s best price is.”
Sellers will often have some wiggle room on their prices which allows you to bring the price down.
- See your items in your space before you buy
Can you see that vase sitting on your dresser? Could that whisk be put on the bare wall in the kitchen? Envision how an item will used in your space before impulse buying.
Julia Black from Black Tag Diaries says in this post,
“Don’t buys something just because it’s a good deal… know how you’re going to use your purchase when you get home. It should have a purpose and a designated spot in your house.”
In the end, this will save you money in order to buy more antiques you really love.
Don’t know where to go antique shopping at? Here’s some places in Ariz. to visit and use your new knowledge at.