How to attack antiques: tips for antique shopping

The word antiques is painted on the room wall above a photo of a general store and a gold framed mirror.

Booth 45 at the Brass Armadillo in Goodyear, Arizona. Photo by Kelci Cooper

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?”

Booth 606 at the Brass Armadillo is stocked full of antique treasures.

Booth 606 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Goodyear, Ariz. Photo by Kelci Cooper

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.

Arriving early, especially at antique shows and flea markets than antique malls, can help you score the best deals early on. Kristen from Sophia’s says,

“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.

The photo features a black typewriter along with various vintage glass items sitting on a dresser.

Room 121 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Goodyear, Ariz. Photo by Kelci Cooper

  • 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.

The photo features a decorated booth with hanging paper balls from the ceiling and an organized table with various items piled on top.

Booth 143 at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Goodyear, Ariz. Photo by Kelci Cooper

Don’t know where to go antique shopping at? Here’s some places in Ariz. to visit and use your new knowledge at.


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