Here's a a look into one of our antique hunts and a list of what to consider when antiquing.
Antiquing is all about finding that diamond in the rough. Are there many in the market? Is this a highly desired product? Is is an original?
The world is full of fakes. Make sure your product of interest isn't. You can check this by looking for stamps of authenticity on the product or finding it's time period. For example, the classic big Coca-Cola buttons are hard to come by and are very expensive. Don't get ripped off by a copy.
Yes, wear and tear is good and shows that a piece has had a previous life...but how much is too much? Don't buy anything that is overly scratched, unreadable, or broken. At a certain point damages will decrease the values product.
#4 Is it worth it?
Out weigh the costs, are you going to make a profit and is this a piece you're comfortable with? You'll always find the best deals at estate sales because that is where a majority of antiques are sourced from. If you're like me, then you'll want to put your own spin on the antique. Some pieces require too much work and can't be fixed. So know your limit and have a vision.
Don't ever shop with one item or a particular style in mind. This will limit what's absorbed around you. The best type of shopping is when you let the product find you. Without really even trying, your inventory will grow with variety.