4 Tips for Buying Antiques

The idea of having antique pieces in the home is appealing for many reasons. Firstly, they add a degree of charm and sophistication when integrated into the right room in the right way, and they can be a true focal point in an area of the home. They also allow the individual to express their personality, selecting antique pieces that are reflective of their own preferences or quirky lifestyle habits. But buy the wrong one, or get ripped off, and pretty soon, none of this seems like the answer. Keep these tips in mind when you are heading to our auction gallery in Dania Beach to purchase antiques or anywhere in the world:

1)   Leave Town

Good antiques are not found in the city center. The best, most authentic pieces, with a good price point and value for money are found in small communities, rural areas or on the side of the road somewhere. We have all been to that little antique shop that we thought looked like nothing but turned out to be a treasure trove of delights. Seek those out, and don’t be afraid to go on the hunt for the perfect antique shop before you look for the perfect piece!

2)   Stay Single

The reason auctions are often a great place to find antiques is because they typically are selling a single piece. These single pieces tend to be unique and one-of-a-kind, and you can be more assured that they are an authentic antique piece and are worth the price that they are selling for. Antique shops will also have these single pieces, so be on the lookout for them when you start your hunt.

3)   Ask the Hard Questions

Don’t assume everything you read to be true. When you are at an antique dealer, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want to verify the authenticity of the piece, as well as know that what you are paying for it is reasonable and you aren’t being ripped off. Ask about the age of the item, its previous home, and owners, as well as how long it has been in the shop.

4)   Be Flexible

While bartering is important, and you should definitely hone in your negotiating skills before you head out on your antique shopping spree, being open and flexible to opportunity and what you may find is also important. It is better to head out looking for antiques with a general idea of what you want instead of specific confines, or better yet, to have minimal confines at all and just being open to finding whatever unique pieces may be on offer. Showing up with only wanting a certain item may limit your ability to find it, or cause you to miss out on another one of kind opportunities or pieces that come up.

While antiques offer an exceptional decorative addition to any home, without knowing how to buy them, you may end up with an overpriced, falsely antique item that you don’t actually want at all.