If you are like me, who keeps collecting different antiques and stacking them up at different home locations, you are probably on the right page. I have been a maniac for antique stuff for years and completely in love with how it adds a vintage and historical touch to my place.
However, as much as I am a hoarder of these pieces, I realize that not everything can fit my living room, bedroom, and reading nook. Besides, the quality does differ too and let us not forget – the price. The hunt for those perfect artifacts surely doesn’t come easy.
For me, searching for antiques has never been less than an adventure. There are some true hits and also a few misses on this road. But, I would say it has been a great learning experience all this while, which makes me come up with this short guide for all the antique seekers out there.
So, what is an “antique”?
Well, I see people using this term quite loosely. Anything that is over a hundred years old is considered to be an antique. But, if you understand it from the definition, it refers to a collectible object with a high value because of its age and quality. Other factors that derive its value include historical or personal significance, rarity, and utility. Thus, I recommend considering these parameters along the hundred-year-rule.
There are more tips that I have for you. Keep reading.
#1 – Buy it from a reliable source
Irrespective of where you pick your antique items – online, local store, or fairs in the city, you have got to be sure of the seller’s authenticity. That is because as a newbie, you can have a hard time judging the actual quality of the item, but with a purchase from a reliable antique dealer, you can be sure that getting the right one.
#2 – Have a pre-defined budget
Antique items are considered priceless, which is why people are ready to pay any figure for the one they like. However, that can be quite impractical for those with limited finances. So, it is best to be clear with the amount you wish to spend and stick to it when you go out shopping for an antique. Let your dealer know about it so he/she can help you find one.
#3 – Do look for its aesthetic value
A century-old item can at times look more of junk than beauty and you of course, wouldn’t want your room to look dated because of it. You need to search for something that is still in good condition and sustained its original look. Don’t hesitate if minor repairs are required. But, stay away if it is almost breaking down.
#4 – Think where to place it
The right piece of antique furniture can transform your room’s entire look, and the wrong one can take down your expensive theme. Thus, I suggest you consult your interior designer for that matter. He/she can advise you what piece is best for your home and whether even worth committing to.