Not everyone buys antiques for the money but it is worth bearing the following useful tips in mind when antiques shopping to ensure you find the best antiques as well as get the best deals on what you are purchasing.
Attend fairs and auctions
If you are hoping to make a business out of buying and selling antiques, it is advisable to do plenty of research first before buying. Auctions and antiques fairs are a great place to start because you will be able to learn from experienced dealers and get a feel for how the business works and the kind of money paid for items.
It’s unlikely you will make a fortune on a purchase
It’s easy to think that buying an antique for one price could mean you will be able to sell it on for a fortune. This very rarely happens. Getting into dealing antiques takes time and becoming experienced enough to make money takes even longer. Start by investing in the kinds of pieces you like and see making money on them as a bonus rather than a necessity.
Don’t be afraid to haggle on price
People who sell antiques are used to haggling on price and they are unlikely to get offended if you ask them for a good price. Just make sure you’re not insulting them by offering them far less than the item is worth.