I just love to go antiquing along the Maine coast. When I get up there, it is the first thing I want to do! It wasn’t always that way. I remember my mother dragging me along when I was a kid and I thought it was the most BORING thing on the planet. Now, I am happy to say, it is something that my mother and I enjoy doing together. And my daughter likes to come along. So now I look back and think about what I have learned about this whole antique thing. Here are 5 things I always try to remember when I go antiquing.
- Always touch the merchandise! I remember my mom telling me not to touch anything! I don’t say that to my daughter too much. It is important to pick up these things. Inspect them. Make sure they are worth the price you are about to pay.
- Have cash. Always. And if you didn’t already know that, now you do. A lot of antique dealers are willing to haggle a bit more if you have cash.
- Keep an eye out for items that you can’t find anywhere else. This may sound kind of “Duh!” but hear me out. I was antiquing up in Maine. I live in North Carolina. You can’t get vintage lobster pots and pot buoys in NC. If I were shopping in the reverse, I’d have my eye out for tobacco baskets because those are everywhere in NC but not in Maine.
- Keep handi-wipes in your car. You will want to wipe your hands off after picking through lots of old stuff.
- Decide if you are going to keep the item or re-sell it. If you are going to keep it, you are more likely to spend a little more because you don’t have to worry about profit margin. Always keep it business if that is what you are shopping for. Profit margin is important.
These are the 5 things I always remind myself of when I am antique hunting. Have you gotten any good antique finds lately?