The Planning Guide For Antiques

The planning guide for antiques is here, read this article for the tips.

Putting a little preparation into your antique shopping trip will turn even the first time "antiquer" into a first rate buyer. Following these practical guidelines is like money in the bank.

If your antiquing plans include a visit to specific antique shops and malls, you may want to call ahead and ask some important questions? For example: 1) Does the shop accept checks and credit cards? If not, you need to be prepared with enough cash to make your purchase. 2) Does the shop deliver furniture or other large items? If not, transportation of the items you purchase will become your responsibility.

Plan to drive a vehicle large enough to carry home any item you are possibly considering. If on the scheduled shopping day you unexpectedly do not have access to an appropriate vehicle, call back to see if the shop allows purchased merchandise to be left on the premises for a few days while pick-up arrangements can be made. 3) Does the shop carry specific period pieces or collectible items that you are especially interested in? If not, often the shop owner is more than happy to keep an eye open for specialty items and may have something available for you to purchase by your shopping date.

If indeed you are looking for specific antiques and collectibles, be sure to educate yourself on the subject matter. Familiarize yourself with the appropriate ways to determine an item's authenticity, age, historic worth and monetary value. Your local library, favorite bookstore, internet search engines and individuals who share your interests are all great sources of useful information. This type of research will prove invaluable during your shopping experience. 4) What are the shop's operating hours? Antique shops frequently vary from the typical Monday through Friday 9 to 5 business hours. Avoid the disappointment of finding the shop closed and your trip cut short with just this simple information.

After arriving at your shopping destination, a few more questions might be in order before a purchase is made. For instance: Does the antique shop or mall have a policy regarding refunds? This may help in your decision to buy or avoid an item that you are unsure of at the time.

Does the shop have a layaway plan? If they do, this may help you purchase the special item that your immediate budget can't live with, but you on the other hand just can't live without. If the shop does not have a layaway plan, don't hesitate to ask a dealer or booth owner if he or she will take a lesser price. A little dickering can even be part of the antiquing fun. However if an item is marked "firm", respect the dealer's asking price and understand that no discounts will apply.

Lastly, before heading out for your shopping trip put a few refreshing drinks and snacks in a cooler, throw in a road map, cell phone and watch your shopping spree become headache free ... happy antiquing!

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