7 Tips for Good Antiquing

Post Date: Sep 12, 2022

7 Tips for Good Antiquing

Whether you know exactly what you are wanting to collect or you just want to venture out to find a spontaneous unique item; antiquing is a worthwhile pursuit that is fun and exciting. However, it can be a bit intimidating if you are just getting started. Luckily for you, we’ve got seven helpful tips to make the most of your antique shopping experience in Shipshewana or anywhere!

1. Read and study your antique interests. Take a look at price books, or read a general antique guide.

2. Find a good local resource for where the best antique stops are in your area. Some good guides that many people use here in Northern Indiana are Antique Week, The Farmer’s Exchange, The Auction Exchange, area chambers' of commerce, etc. Or, pick up an Antique Guide, antique rack cards and brochures from local visitor centers or businesses like Shipshewana Flea Market & Auction; that may have those available in their information displays or information booths.

3. Once you find a good shop(s) or mall, ask if there are any other antique shops and malls in the area as they often network with one another. They can tell you where to go next, etc. You will soon find out where your interests will take you.

4. Start out slowly and take time to shop around.

5. Ask lots of questions. Inspect the goods carefully to make sure you’ll feel good about the purchase.

6. Become an expert in the field you are interested in by buying, collecting, and maybe even paying too much now and then for something. When that happens, don’t feel bad as everyone who has ever collected anything at all has done that! Some people call that “tuition” or “getting a good education!"

7. Enjoy your antiques. It is fun to collect because there are many good memories of where you picked a piece up or how you acquired that piece sitting over by the fireplace. You may have your favorite piece of pottery or the best piece of mission furniture that money could buy. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

Ready to find your perfect vintage treasure? Stop in at the weekly Shipshewana Misc. & Antique Auction to find some unique antique and collectibles by bidding each Wednesday! Also, be sure to attend the outdoor Shipshewana Antique Market on the first Saturday in August.

When it comes to antiques, the thrill of the hunt is the best thrill of all!

Make it a getaway and stay overnight just across the road at the Farmstead Inn. You'll find more local antique shopping and things to do when you stay in Shipshewana at visitshipshewanain.com.

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