I’ve never had a booth at an antique store. In fact, I don’t often buy things at antique stores, preferring to discover such finds in garage sales, flea markets, or other resale environments where I can get better deals. This doesn’t mean that antique stores can’t be valuable to me. In fact, I enjoy spending time in such locations for a number of reasons even if I leave empty-handed.
Appraisals and Comparisons
The antique store can be a great way to get a free appraisal of certain items that I own or am interested in owning. While the Internet can also be a valuable resource in this aspect of antiques and collectibles, I can touch, feel, and observe in a three dimensional fashion the object of interest at an antique store. Condition — in addition to age and rarity — can be an important aspect of an antique or collectible’s worth, and being able to make a physical comparison in this regard can make the overall appraisal of an item’s value more accurate.
There are all kinds of great new ideas that can come with the cool old things found at antique stores and malls. From ways to care for particular items, to staging, framing and cleaning techniques, and just new ways to use old things, an antique store can provide a plethora of ideas for creative uses and ways to care for collectibles.
For example, just the other day, I was in our local antique mall. I found a booth that had combined old maps cut out from books placed within antique frames to create a cool product that could be sold for significantly more than the two items would be worth separately. It also gave me a great idea for a few books and frames I had in our own home as well as providing pricing reference for future purchases I might make.
A Free Education
Going to an antique store or mall can almost be like getting a free education. It can be as simple as reading the tags and observing the prices on items to find out exactly what they are and what they’re valued at. This can help begin to build a database of sorts for someone like me who locks such information away for future reference for when I’m out at a garage sale, estate sale, or flea market and I find a similar item that might be underpriced.
At the same time, I can sometimes learn a little about the history of such items. I’ve discovered that many people who sell things at antique stores or malls are quite descriptive in their tagging of items. I can get dates, names, styles, and similar information simply from observing the descriptive tag on the item.
The antique store can also be valuable as a free form of entertainment. I know plenty of people who pay good money to go to museums. I however, can go to the antique mall and see some of the same things I might see in museums, and it doesn’t cost me a dime. I can spend hours wandering through the unique and sometimes unexpected exhibits of an antique mall; and the great part is that I can even buy these displays should I so desire.
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