Recently went pickin’ with my fam, and I thought I’d stop and share some of the useful tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way and through many adventures into dusty, wonderful antique stores near and far! If you’ve ever wondered where to look, how to spot a treasure and whether or not to grab it or leave it behind, here’s your guide…plus a few of my favorite vintage finds over the years, too!
1 – First, go to small town shops rather than bigger cities, because high profile spots can sometimes raise prices a bit more.
2- Before you enter a booth, stand at the entrance and give it a good once over before walking in and getting claustrophobic with all the STUFF everywhere.
3 – Always ask for a better price but be respectful when it’s a “no.” A sticker with “FIRM” is usually a big no, but many times, dealers are willing to deal! 😉
4 – Be sure to turn pieces over and look for branding/date/anything to show it’s authentic – you never know what treasure you might have almost passed by!
5 – Try to get to know dealers and shop owners, because often times if they spot a fellow vintage lover, they’ll help hunt for you as pieces come in or tell you where to look next.
6 – Try to discover the story behind the piece you are taking home! My very favorite vintage finds are those with a story, and many times the dealers or booth owners will be happy to share….because they probably love vintage history, too!
7 – Before buying furniture, test it out/shake it/sit on it/etc to make sure it’ll hold up with use.
8 – Don’t be afraid of dirt and dust. If it literally stops you in your tracks and you gasp…GET IT. You never know if you’ll be able to find it again, and the piece just might want YOU to be the keeper of it’s history now… 🙂
Hope these tips and tricks prove helpful on your next pickin’ adventure! I love thinking about the history behind the pieces I’ve fallen in love with, and the actual adventure of GOING picking is half the fun! What are some of your favorite vintage finds or neat stories behind your pieces that you love?!
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