How do you train your eye to look for antiques?
Are you new to the antique shopping business? Are you passionate about older artifacts and looking for a place to begin? Well, we love antiques, and we know you love them too, so we’ve put together our Antique Shopping Guide to inform you on all the questions you should ask and more! These tips will leave you feeling confident and savvy and ready to take on “Antique Alley.”
For starters, you should always ask the person you are buying from simple questions about the condition of the item. What has been repaired or replaced? And see if you can get a little history about the item.
If the piece you are inquiring about is painted, be sure to ask whether it is the authentic paint or a piece that has been refinished. Additionally, it is beneficial to you to know the type of wood that was used in creating the antique. And do not forget to ask if the hardware on the piece is original, or if it has been replaced. This will help you determine the quality and value of the piece. The more original condition the piece is in, the greater the value.
An antique is naturally going to have age and show that it has been used. It is not uncommon to see a piece that has had something done to it to help make it beautiful and functional. This shouldn’t deter you from purchasing an item, but will inform you on how much you should spend on an item.
When you ask these questions, you are communicating to the dealer that you are well-versed and seasoned in the world of antiques. This will allow you to be as clear as possible with the dealer and ensure you are getting what you pay for.
Enjoy the experience of finding unique artifacts to bring into your home, and remember, like almost everything else, practice makes perfect! Happy antiquing, friends!
Paul & Michael