Antiquing 101

Here’s a little meme I made to express how I feel about where I live.


That hits the nail on the head. If I ever go out and walk around town, I am only interested in visiting all of the antique shops that are in the surrounding area. There are quite a few, and then some. I have one place that is my absolute favorite, because they always have awesome things to look at and purchase. It’s hard for me to resist leaving without buying several pieces of old jewelry, buttons, charms, and the like. If you love antiques, are interested in visiting a shop, or just want to learn more about my own experiences and advice, then continue reading! There’s also a ton of photos from my most recent antique expedition. 🙂

Step 1 – Make a game plan.

Where are you going to visit? How long can you be there?

If you don’t live in an antique central like I do currently, then get on your computer/phone and do some research on the best spots to look for antiques. Decide on how far you can travel, and how many places you will visit for the day. I typically like to visit up to three places when I go. Pay close attention to the hours of operation, and call ahead if you aren’t sure about openings and closings. Figure out where to go first, and where you will end. Don’t make extra driving/walking/biking if you don’t have to. That could make you want to call it quits much earlier than you originally wanted.

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Step 2 – Know what you want & how much you can spend.

If you would like to find furniture and home decor try to make your visits to places that carry a lot of it! The same goes for anything else you could be looking for or interested in: jewelry (that’s what I am always hunting for), books, toys and games, collector items, clothing, etc. If a shop has a website, then check to see if they have a description on what they specialize in or a list of what they sell. Last, but not least, set a budget! This seems annoying, but it’s very important. Set aside a specific amount that you are prepared to spend on an item or items, and try not to go over it. If you have a limit, you may be less likely to overspend or make an impulse buy. A great way to do this is to take out a cash amount to use, and don’t take your card/s in with you. After you make this rule for yourself and try it a few times, it becomes easier to stick with. The first time I walked into an antique shop with only cash, I actually didn’t buy a single thing!

Step 3 – Speak up and ask all of the questions.

Something I often come across is jewelry pieces or bits that are packaged individually and priced too high for my taste. I always like to ask an associate (or in some cases it’s the shop owner) if they would be willing to sell these sorts of things for a bulk price, or if they could reconsider the price on the pieces I want most. Don’t be afraid to speak up and talk prices with people. A lot of places have super friendly staff and don’t bite! The worst they can say is no. If you see something without a price, ask if you can make an offer. I’ve gotten a lot of awesome things for a bargain in the past just by asking for it.

Those are just a few tips to help you with your next antiquing adventure! Enjoy the rest of the photos from my last time antique exploring.

An old slot machine! Forgot what year it came from…

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Books, books, all the books.
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I wanted to buy all three of these beauties.

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This corner was pretty awesome. A lot of amazing jewelry and pins.
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Woah. So many colors…
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Ooooooo pretty furniture.
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I love glass display cases filled with random things.
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Nancy Drew mystery books! I read so many of these when I was younger. Brought back so many great memories.


I’ll catch you all later this week with another post!


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