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Old 01-22-2009, 04:12 PM
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To find good antique shops - ask around. Ask at hotels or other shops for recommendations.
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Have cash or a checkbook on you - having these instead of a credit card can get you a better deal.
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Pointing out the flaws of a piece to the seller will not help you get a lower price.
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Know how much you're wiling to spend before you go shopping. Only spend more if it is a piece that you are really willing to give the extra money to have.
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Be creative in what you buy. Finding new uses for an item is always fun.
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In addition to antique shops and malls, great antique pieces can be found at flea markets, garage sales, and estate auctions.
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Ask questions. A worthwhile seller will know a great deal of information about the piece that they are selling.
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Shop around. If you're at an antique mall - check out as many booths as possible before making any large purchases.
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Come prepared! Have ropes, tarps, blankets, and anything else you may need in order to get your purchases home.
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Don't get discouraged. Don't expect to buy something at every sale you attend.
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Keep an eye out for "sleepers" when visiting flea markets, conventions/shows, estate sales, online websites, etc. A sleeper is when you find a valuable antique that is under-priced. Such a bargain is not always easy to find, but is a gold mine when you do. Often the person selling the item does not realize its value and thus offers it far below the market value.
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