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Interior designers share their tips on what you need to know before you go antique shopping.


It should reflect your style and be a reflection on what you enjoy. While there are practical pieces, of course, special finds are the ultimate conversation-starters. For many interior designers, antiquing is essential to rounding out the look of a space—and there are plenty of recommendations first-timers should know before heading out to a shop, flea market, or other antiques hub. 

Are you eager to hunt for antiques in your area? Take note of two experts’ advice on shopping, negotiating, and bringing home a meaningful item. 

1. You can go in without an Agenda

Ashley Clark with her finds at a local flea market.

Ashley Clark

While you might have a particular piece in mind that you “need” for your home, the best way to approach antiquing is to simply have fun with it and go in without expectations. “You never know what you will find and I think it is best to let the treasures find you!” says Ashley Clark of sKout Interior Design. 

And while it’s possible to shop for antiques online at sites like 1stDibs.com, you should always plan a day to visit these spots in person. “Sometimes I will try to call ahead to inquire about their current inventory, but I…

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