It’s cold, rainy, and does not feel like spring at all. Fortunately it looks like it will warm up next week and stay that way, hopefully!
If you follow my previous posts you know that this week I was off work on a little staycation. It was much needed! I was at the Volo Auto Museum earlier this week, I made a post about it, but I did not get to discuss the antique stores. The Auto Museum has 4 antique malls on sight. They are huge! I was only able to make it to 2 of the shops, however I was not disappointed with my finds.
I will start with my favorite item:
This stand is just under 3 inches tall and the ball is probably just over 2 inches in diameter. This is a beautiful piece, the stand is made out of a heavy metal and the ball is glass. I was amazed by item from the start and talked myself out of it. My boyfriend insisted on going back to the mall the following day since he had a couple things he wanted to go back for and I couldn’t resist picking this up. It was about $30 altogether and it was definitely worth it.
I also got a couple other items including a Hawaiian shirt, a piggy bank (I collect piggy banks), and some jewelry. I will show a couple of my favorite pieces below, I believe it is all handmade, however the owner of the booth I bought it from was not there for me to ask.
Antique shopping can be a lot of fun, there are a lot of unique items waiting for the right person to pick up. Listed below are a couple of tips I use when I go shopping so I do not over do it.
- Price match, if you are unsure if an item may be worth the price, look it up online, check a couple forums and see what the item is going for, it only takes about 5 minutes. Example — I found a Sega Genesis and I was dying to buy it, the price is $129, I looked online and was able to find it at about $60-$70.
- If it is a decorative piece determine if it fits in with your home décor and if you have a spot for it. A lot of items look awesome, but when it comes down to it, you might end up with a lot of cool pieces that do not match anything, then they end up in storage.
- Do you really need to start a new collection? You will find a lot of pieces that match or belong in sets and it can be easy to pick up things with the intentions of starting a collection. My tip is to really consider what you are purchasing, these collections require time, money and research, determine if you will have the patience and space in your home for the new collection you are looking to start.
- Don’t be afraid to haggle. This does not mean to low-ball someone. You never want to offer less than what the item is worth, that can be an insult to the seller. It is okay to offer a little less to see if the seller will budge, just be open minded in case they do not want to lower the price.
- If you find something that is worth a lot of money online check out the condition and make sure the one you are purchasing is in great shape, otherwise it will not sell for much.
Have fun, take pictures and always check back in for new items! Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite items purchased in antique stores, I would also love to hear about any collections you may have!
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