The Art of Antique Buying

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Late 19th c. French Directoire Bergeres

Nancy Price Interior Design is known not only for a signature elegant and unique style, but for an uncanny ability to seamlessly blend seemingly disparate styles, eras and objects together in order to create something striking and original. In addition to having a natural eye for this, Nancy herself has refined her process through practice over the past 20 years or so. Traveling the world in order to find unique and eye-catching objects is part of Nancy’s life, and through this continuous search process, Nancy has come up with a few tips for other seekers.

Plan ahead

Nancy prefers to stay open to the possibility of finding hidden gems organically, but if time is limited or a lot of logistics are involved  it is wise to have a plan. If you intend to see multiple sellers, ensure that your itinerary is logical, and that you know what it is that you are looking for from these vendors.

Create a budget

In addition to knowing what it is that you are looking for, make sure you have an idea of the appropriate amount to spend on these items according to your budget. You don’t want to regret spending too much on something. Conversely, you don’t want to regret not purchasing something because you were uninformed or ill-prepared.

Follow your vision

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Mid c. Modern Curved Desk with Original Hardware

When dealing with antiques, often-times it’s easiest to purchase things that you like. However, if you are working on a specific project for your home and you have made a budget, try to stay focused on the items that you are actually looking for in an immediate sense. Unless you are planning to re-sell items or to build a collection, focus on purchasing objects that you actually need. Clutter doesn’t add anything to the overall aesthetic of your home.

Check the item

When dealing with antiques, wear and tear is unavoidable. However, make sure that you really examine your objects, and note all damages. See if you can leverage any damage in negotiating a lower price.  However, it is important to note that damage is often-times already accounted for in the price of an object. Additionally, make sure that any repairs are accounted for in your budget.

Go With Your Instincts

If an object speaks to you and it works for your budget, go for it. If you can’t justify the purchase, try to figure out what it is about the object that you like so that you can find those elements in something else that is in line with what you are actually looking for.

Something Old Something New

One great aspect of buying antiques is the ability to take an object that was once used in a specific way, and designate a new function to it. This repurposing of an object is a great way to add a point of interest to any room. This also adds a new layer to the story behind the object.

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