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SALLY'S TIPS FOR ANTIQUING   10/11/2016
Randolph Street Market ~ Chicago Antique Market ~ Indie Designer Market ~ Modern Vintage Chicago ~ Fashion, Jewelry, Flea Market, Antique Shows
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Randolph Street Market ~ Chicago Antique Market ~ Indie Designer Market ~ Modern Vintage Chicago ~ Fashion, Jewelry, Flea Market, Antique Shows

You love collecting, antiquing and vintage style, but you don’t know how to shop or have the knowledge about antiques and vintage? We have you covered with Sally’s Tips for Antiquing! Here is what to look for when buying antiques at a flea market, thrift shop or antique shop. Sally is the producer of Chicago’s European-style Urban Antiques Market, Randolph Street Market, that is held in the historic West Loop/Fulton Market District of Chicago one weekend each month.

Tips for Antiquing:

1. Come early before everything is already picked over. The early bird definitely catches the worm.

2. Always ask "what's your best price?"…Dealers are usually open to negotiating and its part of the fun.

3. Check the lining of the clothing you're buying. Examine the cuffs and buttons for wear and tear.

4. Inspect items closely. Hold porcelain and glass up to the light for any fractures and cracks.

5. When buying art, look for a signature from the artist on the front and turn the piece over to the back if you can. New matting indicates someone with knowledge has re-framed and invested in the piece already.

6. Buy the bones on furniture. Good bones can always be reupholstered with your favorite fabric and minor scratches can be repaired.

7. Vintage hardware is a great way to up-cycle. By changing out hardware, you can create a whole new look to boring furniture.

8. Always buy the set - don't split up pairs of lamps or chairs as they are always more valuable together than separately.

9. Vintage jewelry and watches are hot sellers at the Market. When buying jewelry, look closely to see if the stones are missing and if all the stones match. Check each piece for the stamp, "sterling" or the ".925" mark, which indicates silver content. Keep in mind, fixing a vintage watch so that it runs could cost $300 and more, so make sure you’re up for the investment. 


10. Most importantly, never ever disparage the object of your affection. If you love it, you're more likely to get a better deal than if you walk away from it
 
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