5 Great Antiquing Tips

So you have decided to really give antiquing a try. Great, it is a fun and rewarding hobby. It can also be a profitable one. Although I do it mainly for the fun, from time to time I do run into a deal. Something outside of my normal collection that I pick up for a bargain and then resell.

These terrific finds do not happen all of the time, but keep your eyes open. Want to increase your odd of finding a bargain that you can sell for profit? Here are some tips.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Haggle
    Most vendors are willing to work with you and will even expect you to haggle a bit. There are, of course, some that will stick to their guns, but in general, you should be able to get an extra 10 percent off of anything.
  2. Make A Flexible Plan
    You want to make the best use of your time and that means making a plan for your day. This will ensure that you hit the maximum amount of shops during your visit to a city. You only have a finite amount of time, so scout out all of the locations that you are interested in online and draw up a map that you can use. Do be flexible however. If you find another opportunity or a store is worthy of more time, do what you need to do.
  3. Plan To Spend Time Efficiently
    When you enter a store, you will know pretty quickly how much time it warrants. Spend enough time to get a feel for what a store has to offer but don’t waste more time than you need to if it is not going anywhere. Likewise, if a store turns out to be a goldmine, don’t be afraid to spend more time than is allotted.
  4. Pay With Cash
    Like almost every other business, antique shops love cash. Other forms of payments such as credit will cause the business owner to incur fees. Checks come with a risk since many shoppers will be from out of the area. That means that you will probably get the best price if you make an offer with cash.
  5. Expect Imperfection
    You are shopping for very old things after all, so expect flaws. That 200 year old piece of furniture is going to have some flaws so don’t let a little crack in the wood or tear in the upholstery deter you from a purchase. Of course, do keep in mind that a piece can have some flaws but it should not be totally flawed.