Garage Sale Bound: Finding Treasure in Someone’s Junk

Being garage sale bound can be great fun for those who prefer to shop with cash and don’t mind going on a bit of a treasure hunt. Here are a few tips:

First, do some planning before the hunt. Peruse online sites for upcoming sales, keeping an eye out for corner signs announcing sales. You cannot hit every garage sale you read about, so try to pick several that sound interesting and are near each other. Whole-neighborhood sales are likely to have Continue Reading »

California’s Finest and Oldest Antique Dealerships

California is home to some of the finest antique shops in the American West. Much of the antique business has moved away from traditional retailing to doing business on the Internet. However, there are still some very fine antique stores that are still doing business in California.

Interior Visions is located in the San Francisco area and they specialize in the sale of antique paintings. According to this store, they have over 150 art pieces in stock. This antique store also has a large selection of antique furniture for sale.

Keith Tower’s Antiques is located in Berkeley. They have been in Continue Reading »

Welcome to Your Local Flea Market

Bartering in a market is an opportunity to save money. The local flea market provides a vast amount of vendors to haggle with. Hidden treasures can be unearthed as one meanders through the spacious confines of the flea market. The exposure to unconventional products makes for an enjoyable and sometimes profitable journey to the local flea market.

Two types of vendors can generally be found at the flea market. The first usually sells newer packaged items that have been on clearance at other stores. Mostly dollar store inventory Continue Reading »

A New England Fall Brings Beauty and Antique Browsing

The beauty of the fall season is most evident throughout New England as the dazzling display of fall foliage is ideal for those seeking to get out and take a long drive to explore and enjoy the beauty that is all around. This is also an ideal time to explore antiquing. Those who collect antiques, and even those who just enjoy the nostalgic aspect that comes with antique browsing, will relish in the fall colors and they dart in and Continue Reading »

Best Antique Malls in America

Set your www.totalalarmsystems.com alarms and head on out – some of the best antique malls in the country are due to open in the next few weeks! Here are a few of our favorites you can’t afford to miss if you’re looking for the best antiques and the best deals:
Walnut, Iowa – Did you know that Walnut is known as ‘antique city’ because of the sheer number of antique vendors and shops? It’s a quaint little town in a central location for our central US readers which makes it the perfect weekend destination.
Adamstowne Antique Gallery – Pennsylvania is a great place to visit if you love antiques and the Adamstowne Gallery is one of the best spots to do it. With auctions, rows and rows of goods and experts to help you appraise it’s a hot ticket.
Antique Marketplace – Located in Greensboro, NC, the Antique Market has items from over 150 vendors which makes it the best place in the Southeast to go when you’re looking for something specific. You can spend all day wandering the hallways of this antique heaven.

Antique Shops in Texas That are Sure to Please

In true Texas fashion, the list of antique shops worth your time is a big one! Going antiquing is a fun and meaningful activity for the whole family. You never know what special gems you can discover as you walk through shops filled with history. Each piece seems to have its own life story to tell and is looking for a new home! Find vintage furniture pieces that will make a statement in your home, heirloom quilts made with love and full of Continue Reading »

Knowing a Good Buy: An Antique Shopper’s Rule of Thumb

We’ve all seen them: those people on television who, when their antique is appraised, can only respond, “Wow!” Chances are, they had that same response when they first laid eyes on the item. For this is the Number One Rule of Antique Shopping: Buy only what you like and are sincerely interested in. Anything else will likely collect more dust than value and is almost sure to be sold for a song by some unimpressed family member.

Now, once an antique has caught your eye and you’re experiencing that initial infatuation, there are steps you can take to Continue Reading »

Hidden Treasures in the Most Unusual Places

Treasure hunting can be fun and finding a long lost treasure is always exciting. You may come across an unusual piece of furniture or other artifact at a local flea market. You may even find a valuable piece of jewelry by going to an estate sale.
Treasure hunters know that you will find something when you least expect to. Maybe in an attic of your grandmother’s home or by stopping at a yard sale or clearance sale in your neighborhood. Continue Reading »

Five Characteristics of a Reputable Antique Dealer

When searching for an antique dealer because you are searching for an item of choice or considering selling one of your own belongings, make sure you choose a reputable dealer. There are many fine qualities of a reputable individual but there are five characteristics of a reputable antique dealer that can be considered a rule of thumb. A good antique dealer will have a in-depth knowledge of antiques with many references on hand. You should do your own research ahead Continue Reading »


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