Shopping Tips for Antique Markets
Are you going vintage shopping this summer?
Here are my tips for shopping at antique markets.
Wear comfortable shoes: you’re going to be on for feet for hours.
Bring layers, because you never know when the weather might change.
That also means have an umbrella.
Sellers are resilient rain or shine, so you should be too.
Pack a small flashlight and a magnifying glass to check for imperfections or even a hidden
makers mark, and a tape measurer to help you size up furniture.
Dealers love cash, so leave those credit cards at home, and bring your own bag or even a
It’ll make it so much easier to transport your treasures home.
And it’s important to keep your energy up, so pack a water bottle and a snack just in
When you find an item that catches your eye, compliment the piece and then ask the seller
how much he or she thinks its worth.
That way, it forces the seller to pick a price and then you guys can work down from there
to come up with a final offer.
This is a good idea because that way you don’t tip off the seller how much you’re willing
to spend right from the get go.
Then when you’re bargaining, be brave but make sure you’re respectful, too.
If your offer is unreasonable, it’s likely that the dealer won’t even counter.
Here’s an example of a situation I run into often when I go to an antique market.
Say I see this necklace and I love it and it costs $30 and maybe I don’t want to spend
$30 on it.
What I try to do is try to find another piece in the booth that appeals to me and try to
throw it in and see if I can get a deal for both so that the combined value is something
I’m willing to spend.
Maybe I’ll get the deal and maybe I’ll walk away looking pretty stylish.
A lot of people say end of day is when you’re going to get the best bargain, but in my experience,
if I find something I really like I’m just gonna buy it then and there because if it’s
something that’s really good, it probably won’t be there at the end of the day.
Last but not least, be friendly, because it’s good karma and you never know when you might
encounter these dealers in the future.
Do you have any tips and trips for shopping at antiques markets?
Let me know in the comments!