For many people, nothing beats the excitement of finding that perfect piece of classic furniture tucked away in a quaint little antique shop. Thanks largely to TV programs like PBS's "Antiques Roadshow," Americans have developed a renewed appreciation for old world craftsmanship. The following tips can help you in your own antiquing quest.
- Do your homework. If you're looking for a specific piece of furniture for your home, take measurements beforehand. Pick up a good antiquing book or get on the Internet to learn more about the area you'll be exploring.
- Antique fairs and auctions often offer discounted prices and a wide selection of items. Find out if there are any special events happening during your stay.
- Think local and take advantage of regional specialties. In the Berkshires that may mean discovering classic Shaker furniture or perusing rare books.
- If you can't find what you're looking for at one shop, ask the dealer to refer you to another store. Dealers help each other out by referring customers, so don't be afraid to ask questions.
- Casual shoppers shouldn't be overly concerned about an antique's future value. If it's in your price range, the number one rule is: If you like it, buy it.
- Happy Hunting!