How to go antiquing

On this blog we've mentioned several times how you can find one-of-a-kind antique furniture items to correspond to your home décor. However, if you're new to antiquing, you may not know how to go about shopping for vintage pieces. You may be asking yourself, "Am I getting a good deal?", among other doubts and hesitations. Take a look at some of the hints below that will help you antique like a pro:

  • Give the piece more than just a once over: Like any expensive item, you want to check to make sure there aren't any scratches or dents on your antique furniture piece. Experts recommend carrying a flashlight with you when going antiquing to truly examine objects. You can even ask the antique dealer if you can bring the piece outside to view it in natural light. 
  • Know the weight: "A heavier weight is a sign that the item is well constructed and is built from higher-quality woods," reports If you are buying a hefty item of furniture, make sure you can transport it home without scratching it. You may want to enlist the help of a friend when performing this task.
  • Look for missing pieces: When shopping for clothes you don't want to purchase a coat with a missing button, so why would you buy a drawer with a missing knob? Make sure that all of the essential parts are in place when selecting antique furniture.
  • Will it go with your décor?: Before you hastily buy an antique item, make sure you have use for it in your home.

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