Tips for Hunting and Buying Antiques

Luxurious Classic Living Room with Antique FurnitureHunting or looking for quality antiques is just like searching for pearls among the marbles. At glance they look similar, but they are actually much different. Indeed, buying antiques is like gambling. You do not know what you actually buy. Here’s an easy way to hunt antiques. Consider the following:

Smell
First, check the smell of the antiques. The shape and physical characteristics of old furniture are indeed interesting. However, an odor will ruin everything.

Of course, you will be hard to know the odor of the antiques if you buy them through online shopping system. Try to ask questions directly to the seller if you are not able to know the condition of the goods.

Origin
Second, make sure the components attached to the old antique furniture are still original. Knobs, hinges, locks, and other existing original equipment on antiques generally have a pretty high value.

Consider carefully if you are willing to take the risk and buy antiques that have been dismantled by the previous owner or by the seller. You can ask for price reduction, or not buy it at all.

Function
Third, check whether the antique furniture can work well. Open and close the cabinets and drawers. See whether you find any difficulty in opening, closing, or using the item.

Wood
Fourth, do not forget to check the wood  used in any wooden item. The original wood is much better than plywood.

In addition, original and quality antiques are usually made ​​of high quality wood. Just like when you check your equipment, make sure you pay a reasonable price.

Price
Fifth, do not just be tempted by the cheap offers. It is not possible that those cheap items are not valuable. Moreover, it is not reasonable if the shipping cost is much more expensive than the item, while the item itself is not qualified. Just make sure you buy antiques which really hard to find and match your taste.

Good luck!

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