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Design Dilemmas Andrea Mason of Perceptions Interiors is a professional interior designer who wants to help you upgrade your space

Oh, the joys of antiquing! I love discovering unique treasures at our local vintage shops. There is nothing like finding something with a past and making it yours. Vintage accessories and furniture create a look and a statement that major department stores can’t. Antiquing is fun, but it can be daunting to walk into a crowded shop and know exactly what you are looking for and how to get the best deal. These are some tips to help navigate: Come Prepared: Arrive with the dimensions of the item you are looking for and even a photo of the room it’s going in for reference. Keep in mind any hallway, stairway, or door measurements that it has to fit through. Have an idea of what you want, including textures, patterns, colors or even concept photos. Don’t forget to bring a measuring tape and any other materials you may need, like paint, finish, or fabric swatches. Eyes on the Prize: Antique shops can be chockfull of everything under the sun, and you can easily be distracted into looking at something you didn’t even come to buy. Shopping around for other things is just fine, but check in with yourself every few minutes to make sure you are there for the right reasons. I’m a true believer that you should have something in mind before you go or else you will come out with a cart full of things that you don’t absolutely need or love. Mind Your Budget: Go into the antique shop with a budget and stick to it. When creating a budget, do some research on the things you are purchasing. Find a few examples of what the item is worth so that you know what to expect and if you are finding the best deal. Take into consideration if your piece may need maintenance or repair, which will be an additional cost unless you are feeling up for a DIY project. Depending on the item, take note that if you are making any changes to it in the future, this could devalue it. Remember to bring cash along for the stores that don’t accept credit cards. Some antique shopping will require haggling, but when doing so be polite; a salesperson is not going to level with you if you are disrespectful. Shop Around: Visit two or three shops before you settle on the perfect piece. Every shop is unique and may specialize in a certain set of items or time periods. Take photos along the way so you don’t forget what you see and you can refer to them when visiting other shops. If you are on the fence about an item or you need to double check a measurement, most antique shops will put a hold on an item until the end of the day. These crisp fall days are for antiquing, and with these tips I’m sure you will find the perfect vintage piece for your home. –amason@thewcpress.com

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