Befuddled by antique shows, dealers and auctions? Here are a few pointers to bear in mind when you're looking for that perfect item!
- Research first, then shop. Learn as much as you can about what you'd like to collect - use books, the internet and experienced dealers as your resources.
- Shop prepared! Bring a measured floorplan and photos of your home to make sure the antique pieces will fit there.
- Carefully inspect objects for damage not immediately apparent - items in poor condition are very hard to resell.
- Decide ahead of time how much you're willing to spend at an auction so you don't get carried away while bidding.