Antique and Thrift Market Tips for the Amateur

July 24, 2013


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Jewelry Hunting


Book hunting

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End Tables

I have had some requests to do more interior space photos/ DIY’s so I thought it would be fun to incorporate some posts that show my finds through antiquing and thrifting and what I do with the pieces:)
Over the weekend my sister, cousin, and I went to a local antique market to hunt for treasure. I found some great pieces this time around but its not always so successful.

Here are a few tips I have learned along the way when it comes to shopping at an antique market:

  • You have to be willing to try a few places and wait for just the right price. If you don’t have a general idea of how much things should cost going in, you may easily get ripped off.
  • Go towards the end of the weekend if its a pop up sale. For instance, on Sunday evenings of this once a month show, vendors want to sell as much items as they can before they pack up and leave so they are willing to barter prices with you. This does not apply in permanent antique shops of course.
  • Walk the whole market before deciding what to buy. You will see similar and even the same items from different vendors and their prices will vary among each. You will have the upper hand by knowing what each are going for.
  • Ask questions. It doesn’t hurt to ask where it is from, how old the item is, what the materials are made of,etc. Last weekend I purchased a giant map and frame which I found out was not an antique – just a print from pottery barn. However, I knew those prints usually go for over $100 for the print alone and the vendor sold it to me for $35!

I came out this weekend with two end tables, the map and frame print, vintage children’s books, and the “coats”  hook. I will share what I do with these pieces soon!
If you have antiquing tips, leave them in the comment section below!

Happy mid week friends!




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