If you are new to antiques and are looking to make your first purchase, there are some simple mistakes that you will need to avoid, to prevent making potentially expensive mistakes. Below is some advice that you can follow which will help you make wise purchases, and stop you from wasting money, or possibly overpaying for something.
Know What You Are Buying
It is essential that you do your research before making a purchase and find out what it is that you are buying before you part with your cash. There is a wealth of information available online, and you can also talk to the local dealers in your area who will also be able to give you advice on a variety of subjects from Art Deco furniture, to antique silver jewellery.
Learn To Haggle
With most antique shops that you can visit, the owners are usually willing to negotiate over the price, which is also known as haggling. Learning to haggle will potentially save you a lot of money, rather than taking the face value for an item, haggle the price down. The more money you save, the more antiques you can buy!
It is important to be respectful to the owner of the antique shop or stall and ensure that you are not rude to them. If you are polite and respectful, you will probably have a lot more success with your haggling. A part of being respectful is to not low-ball your offer when haggling with the owner, offer a fair price and work from there.
Get A Second Opinion
If you are unsure of an item, do not be afraid to ask for a second opinion. Ask the proprietor if you can take a picture of the object in question, and then talk to someone else and get their opinion of the piece. If you are polite and respectful, this will not usually be a problem, and a second opinion can prevent you from wasting money on something that is overvalued.
You need to appreciate that when you are purchasing antiques, it is improbable to find an item in perfect condition. If an antique is in too good a shape and has been restored, this can detract from the value of the piece. It is the patina that gives an antique its character, and most collectors look for this when making a purchase.
These are some tips that you should follow when looking to purchase antiques, and you can get a lot more advice with just a quick online search for articles on the matter, steering you in the right direction.
Bowing Down To Pressure
You will also want to steer clear of dealers that apply pressure tactics to try and make a sale. Do not let them pressure you, especially if you are not sure about an item, and do not be afraid to walk away. Many dealers will not urge you to make a purchase, but there are some out there that will. These are the ones that are best avoided, and you will want to look for a seller that has a relaxed approach and does not put you under any pressure.