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3 Secrets To Finding The Best Antiques

Score stylish pieces for a quarter of the price!

Photography: Rene Mejia (Main Photo)

If you've tried thrifting for antiques before, you would know that there’s a huge difference between an item in good condition and an item of good value. Finding something one-of-a-kind that you can pass on for generations beats a temporary bargain. 

First time to shop for second-hand items?  Don't worry, you can read this quick primer plus learn these clever tricks and you'll be on your way! 

The art of picking out and buying antiques can also be very tricky. While some dealers source their merchandise from different auctions and sales, there are sellers who are bogus and make money out of low-grade furniture. If you're not careful, you may mistakenly spend a lot on something worthless. 

To help you out, here are three things to keep in mind so you can get your hands on great finds with good value: 

Do your research

Broadening your knowledge of antiques by studying different categories of items can help you in identifying the value and potential of a certain piece. You can watch completed auction videos on YouTube, read through Craigslist or Ebay and visit high-end shops to get a feel of what sells fast in the market.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Map out good thrifting locations

Ask around and try to find out where the best places are for profitable finds. For newbies, you can start with flea markets and consignment stores in your neighborhood. If you're confident with your skills, set your eyes on online stores, garage sales, basement clean-outs or anywhere that your phone can track. Sometimes, the best finds are in the strangest places. 

Make friends with thrifting veterans

Experienced antique buyers can be walking catalogues of information that you cannot find in magazines or online. These people usually like to talk about their latest finds, biggest deals or where the next big sale is. You can even go together to learn tricks of the trade! 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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