Two shelves of antique glassware of various shapes in shades of red and white.

Quick Tips for Beginner Antiquing

Antiquing is more than just my hobby — it’s my business (and, yes, my obsession) and I’m often asked by friends how they can get started with hunting and collecting special items for their own homes. While it can definitely be exciting and fun, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips for beginners that can help them stay organized and enjoy the treasure hunt as they head out to estate sales and antique stores this summer.

  1. Know what you’re looking for: Before you head out to the antique shop, do some research on the types of antiques that interest you. Are you looking for a specific era or style? Are there certain materials or patterns that you prefer? Having a clear idea of what you want will make your search more efficient.
  2. Check for quality: Antiques can be delicate, so it’s important to check for signs of wear and tear before making a purchase. Look for any cracks, chips, or discoloration on the pieces. Also, make sure that any moving parts such as hinges or levers are in working order.
  3. Research prices: Do your research on the prices of the antique items you’re looking at. This will help you determine if the item you are considering is a good deal or overpriced. You can use online marketplaces, auction sites, or even other antique shops as reference points.
  4. Be patient: Finding the perfect treasure may take some time, so be prepared to keep looking. Antique shops often have a constantly changing inventory, so it may take a few visits before you find what you’re looking for.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: Many antique shop owners have a wealth of knowledge about the items they sell, so don’t be afraid to ask them about the history, provenance, or condition of a piece.
  6. Clean and take care of your antiques: Once you’ve found your treasured item, be sure to clean and take care of them properly to maintain their condition and value.

Happy Hunting!