THE DO'S + DONT'S OF ANTIQUE SHOPPING


Living in New England, there are so many local antique shops. From home decor, to clothing, it can get overwhelming with all of the choices.

Don't - Pay full price right off the bat

Don't - Insult the pricing or the quality

Don't - Take words for granted

Do - Negotiate price

If there is no tag that says "firm price" its fair game.

Do - Ask about payment options

Credit cards, cash, checks? Make sure you know how you can pay

Do - Ask when they restock their items

Finding out when they get all new goods is always a great idea!

Do - Ask about shipping options

Cant bring that sofa home? Ask if they can coordinate shipping for you

Do - Plug in lights or any other electrical equipment

Always make sure that they work before you buy them!

Do - Inspect each piece for any imperfections

Imperfections can make a piece unique and all value. They can also devalue items. Make sure you inspect the pieces before you buy so there are no hidden finds when you get home!

Do - Make small talk

Get to know the shop owners! You'll be able to get great deals sometimes!

Do - Ask about the piece to find out the date, era, and materials used to make the item.

It's always fun to know the story about a vintage item that you're purchasing. It can also validate the value of the piece.

Do - Come in with an open mind

You'll end up finding all sorts of things at antique shops. It's like going to TJmaxx, go in not having expectations of finding a specific thing, and have fun!

Do - Have a function in mind

By things that you need, and will use. Don't keep buying things just to buy

Do - Stay away from bulk.

If there is a lot of something, its probably not that old, or unique

xx

-Han

#interiordesign #homedecor #antiqueshopping #vintagestores

Hi I'm Hannah, the founder and interior designer for Lawless.

Thanks so much for stopping by the studio and blog!  With my love of design, health and wellness, fashion, traveling, and the great outdoors, its always fun sharing my thoughts. 

xx Han

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