Nov 18, 2013
Prize Finds: How To Shop Smart for Antique and Vintage Pieces
from PinterestFind the sales There are antique sales happening in lots of places at any given time. I like to search estatesales.net and Craigslist for estate sales. Flea markets are also fantastic because you never know what you're going to find!
from PinterestBring references Even if you've done your homework before antique shopping, you may still have questions. Don't be afraid to pull out a book, or go online from your phone to confirm facts. If you're unsure of what you're looking at, ASK! I love to talk to people, and find that by talking I get the most information, and the best deals!
from PinterestCheck out the condition When you find a piece you like, look at the condition. Typically, antique and vintage pieces will need a little love to bring them back to life. Find out if it's been repaired, painted, scratched, or broken. All of these will affect the price and help you get a better deal.
from PinterestMake an informed decision As I said, many antique and vintage pieces will need to be repaired. Make sure you know what you're in for before buying. If you're not very handy and don't want to pay to fix it up, it may not be the piece for you. However, if you're unsure, I say buy! You can always sell it if it's too much trouble for you. Better to be safe than sorry, but you always have to be informed!
from PinterestAbove all else, follow your heart. These pieces will be in your home, and you'll see them every day. You should love them, and want to have them around you. Go with your gut, and you won't be wrong!