Things To Keep In Mind While Buying Antique Products Online
“New stuff doesn't usually have the character I adore - the rust, the chipped paint, the history,” said a wise homeowner, Heather Salazar.
The lure and appeal of an antique is definitely unbeatable. And a house that’s decorated with these relics surely becomes the talk of the town. Who wouldn't want all that appreciation?
Antiques tell a story. Each piece has probably seen more than you and I have and has something to tell. Beautifying your home with decoratives from the long-gone past is not a recent trend, it has always been in vogue. As no generation can keep itself away from the charms of the generation gone-by.
While some people buy antiques for an impressive interior, others get them for sheer pleasure and feel that they emanate. And they're still people who love collecting them for joy. It’s an addiction, you buy one and then you want them all.
From old coins, carpets, cameras, telephones, tape recorders, televisions, bars, dressing tables, stamps, theatre reel, and jewellery boxes, there’s so much to explore and own. However, do you know how to go about buying antiques?
Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, there’re some things you must keep in mind to know what you’re buying is genuine. Especially while buying antiques online, you have to be very careful. While there’s a large variety available online at the click of our fingers, don’t forget making mistakes is also equally easy.
Here’s how you can go about it to be sure of what you’re buying.
1- Ask for more
From additional information to more photographs, never hesitate asking the seller to provide you more of whatever you need to satisfy yourself. You can specifically ask for pictures taken from different angles to asses the exact condition of the product. These would also help you understand the size and shape which would further enable you to imagine where you can actually place it – whether it would look good, fit perfectly, go with the decor or not. We understand that you miss the touch and feel factor while buying online so what you can do instead is question. A genuine buyer will never avoid you or your questions. And the one who does, why to buy from him. Right?
2- Restoration is not as good as it looks
Don’t go for something that has been restored in an attempt to make it look better. The whole point of buying an antique is the old look, feel, and design. The value of a restored piece decreases. Isn't an old piece supposed to look like an old piece, that is the whole point afterall. A little bit of varnishing or a little bit of nailing here and there can be done post the purchase. But what’s shown to the customer should be exactly how the vintage item looks without any touch-up. While some might like to cover them up, there are others who may want to show-off the bruises on the sturdy piece.
3- Give a thorough read
Well, needless to say if you plan on buying antiques – which are usually expensive – do read out the description thoroughly. The dimension, colour, condition, shape, year it was made, period, style, and also if any restoration has ever been done on that. Go through everything very carefully before making the final purchase. We do get complacent about the information given sometimes. But don’t forget to read a detailed description available on the site. Once you’re satisfied with whatever you see and read then you can go ahead and purchase.
4- Buy from an established dealer
Don’t make the mistake of trusting a new player online, especially when it comes to antiques. Talk to people, take feedback, and then make an informed decision as to where do you want to buy it from. Go ahead with the purchase only when you are fully convinced about the seller. You can also make use of online reviews to reach a safe decision. Also, a good dealer always puts in efforts to make you feel absolutely comfortable about the purchase. He would make sure he’s available at all times for any queries or doubts that are bound to pop-up in the days you are making up your mind about the product. Rest assured, you can buy your favourite piece with absolute peace of mind about not facing any discrepancy before or after the deal. An established seller earns that tag due to various reasons and you can rely on them for the same.
Try to find out what means and company the seller has tied up with to send the desired item. This is important – a reputed courier agency can be held responsible for any damage during transit. Also find out about the shipping costs and what all it includes. Just in case you don’t like the item when it arrives, the company policy should have an arrangement for a pick-up, the onus of returning the package shouldn’t fall on you.
6- Focus on quality
Love the Russian vintage camera but planning to settle on Minolta vintage camera only because of the price? Don’t do that. It’s not only in antiques, we all know good quality is always a better buy. It may seem a little expensive at that moment but the hassle-free performance and long life keeps us happier and satisfied for longer. Always go for what you really like instead of making a choice based solely on the cost. This goes for everything from furniture, utility items, to decoratives. Going for better quality is always better in the long run, for obvious reasons.
Do your homework, go through various sites, and zero-in on the one that is more reachable and responsive. Click on the ‘buy now’ button once you’ve covered all the aspects stated above and feel fully confident about going ahead with the deal.
The thing with shopping for timeless pieces online is that there are too many choices – which is of course good – but the difficulty in choosing and the fear of being duped tags along. The best part about buying an antique is that you’re not spending, you’re investing. Because antiques only add more value to themselves with each passing year.
Did you know you can even get some of the most amazing comics you grew up reading online? Well, now you know. Wait no more and grab your favourite Archie or Tinkle online, read and laugh on those funny things that made you roll over the floor laughing.
There’s another exciting thing about buying antiques. The fact that you don’t have to go from shop to shop to find the perfect, stand-out piece that will fit perfectly in your home. Because each vintage item is unique in itself. Here are a few interesting ways to decorate your house with antiques.
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Someone has rightly said, “Nothing haunts us like the antique we didn't buy.” So grab your favourite piece before someone else does.
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