Buying Antiques | A Simple Guide to Buying Antiques
Written by: kieron | On: Sunday, 19 June 2011 | In: Furniture
If you would like to invest in buying antiques to furnish your home then make sure you do your research beforehand and look at several different auction houses. Antiques can be expensive so use your money wisely and get something that will appreciate in value over time. Above all only buy items of furniture that you like and that you intend to use, antiques are an investment but they should actually be a working piece of furniture within your home.
Where can I buy antiques from?
There are a variety of places to buy antiques. There are traditional auction houses and antique dealers but there are also Internet auctions or you could scour newspaper and classified ads. If you know what you are looking for you could also search charity shops and car boots where you could stumble upon a hidden gem. Antique fairs attract a large amount of dealers and could be a great way of seeing a large range of antiques in a short space of time. If you are buying from a reputable dealer you are more likely to be treated fairly so if you are new to buying antiques trade with a shop that is a member of a trade association for example the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA).
What antiques should I choose to buy?
When you are looking to buy an antique look for items that you could use for your personal use, regardless of whether you intend to keep them or quickly sell them on. Go for pieces of furniture that appeal to you and that interest you, by going for something that attracts you it matters less if you overpay. When considering how much to pay, the cheapest antique isn’t necessarily the best-buy, although don’t go over budget, especially if you are in an auction house be wary of getting carried away in a bidding war.
How can I make sure I get a good deal when buying an antique?
Before you buy an antique ask the dealer questions about if it has been damaged and restored in the past. Don’t be afraid to get close to the item, touch and handle it and look at it from all angles to see in more detail how it is made. Ask for a discount when buying an antique and haggle if you need to but don’t assume that the asking price is always too high. If you do decide to purchase a piece, get a receipt that lists the item and its value. You can make sure you get a good deal by doing your research before going to an auction house, research the items you are looking at buying and know the rules of the auction procedure itself.
Antiques will increase in value, and in the mean time they could provide a practical, attractive addition to the furnishings in your home. If you are new to buying antiques don’t be put off by your own inexperience. The antique world can be daunting but with a bit of knowledge and research you can secure yourself great bargains and classic pieces of furniture that will add character and class to your home.