Antiques Shopping Tips & Tricks

Out with the old and in with the... old! Adding antiques to your home can give your interior design an enchanting look.

Many people make it a point to regularly go antique hunting to find their next cherished showpiece. Adding antiques to your home can give your interior design an enchanting look.

 

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Although you might be inclined to design your home with more modern furniture and accent pieces to keep up with trends, using antiques in your interior design can be a great way to add traditional charm to a contemporary dwelling. Whether your home is already adorned with vintage furniture, or if you’re just looking to start adding small touches, this guide to antiquing provides innovative ways to help you find delightful old home décor.

 

Finding Antique Shops

Antique and thrift stores never really go out of style, and are currently an emerging design trend, so it’s likely there’s a least a few near you.

 

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There are different kinds of antique shops. Some focus mainly on clothing or accessories, others on specialty items, like toys, games, or vintage machinery. For home decorating, you’ll want something more specific to interior design.

 

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If you’re searching at the décor level, you can find sub-shops, which are vintage stores specific to providing older furniture for rustic home design. You can also check out consignment stores, where you may find newer items at a more expensive price. And don’t forget garage/yard sale shopping that can give you a mixture of both. To find local shops, try a simple online search, or use the website The ThriftShopper.com as a resource for finding specific stores in your area.

 

Repurposing Vintage Items

You may fall in love with a particular item from an antique shop that doesn’t quite blend in with your home décor. You can repurpose antique furniture as fun DIY home improvement projects, or take them to professionals for recoloring, touchups, or to give it an entire redesign.

 

The shape of an antique table or chair might appeal to you, but the carved designs may throw off the overall feel of your already established home décor plan.

 

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You can also upcycle antique items in innovative ways. For example, you can find antique chest boxes, give them a clear finish, and stack them on top of each other for a creative and functional design. You can also try using antique handle-mirrors as wall props for your living room.

 

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Online Thrifting

An antique shop may not be your preferred setting, but don’t let that limit you.

 

Shopping online for antique furniture is a fun and efficient way to get furniture shopping done.

 

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Websites like Etsy.com and 1stdibs.com are great resources for finding distinct one-of-a-kind pieces! 1stdibs.com lets you choose the price range, color, size, material, time period, and even the creators of these furniture pieces. Using the website is a truly eye-opening experience, especially for an avid antique furniture collector.

 

Etsy.com is unique because of the virtual communication you can have with the seller. Always be sure to ask for specifics, such as measurements, as well as the condition of the vintage pieces, to be certain of what you’re buying.

 

Get to Know the Owners

Whether you’re buying antiques online, or visiting antique shops in person, try to get to know the sellers. Direct communication is the best way to let them know exactly what you’re trying to find.

 

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Many antique sellers will make note of what you’re searching for, keep an eye out for those pieces, and give you a call once they’re located. Also keep in mind that vintage and antique pieces are usually price-negotiable, and keeping open dialogue with sellers can really help when it comes to negotiating prices.

 

Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, it’s out with the old, and in with the… old!