Are You Looking For?
Antiquing is a fascinating
experience. The hunt is the exciting part of any antique
shopping experience. Finding the many treasures that others
are willing to pass on to you.
Little Antique Mall consists of many
dealers with a diverse inventory of items that are in many ways
one-of-a-kind. Your opportunity to find these items which may
have a history evolving to it's present day will be a unique
shopping experience. Our market holds many of these experiences
for you, as our 15,000 square foot shopping area gives you more
than a few opportunities to discover the excitement of antique
Here are some tips for Antique Shopping
that may help you:
What to Take in Your Car:
- A tool kit to help take legs off
- Blankets to wrap delicate purchases
- Rope or heavy twine to tie items
to the roof of the car
- A tarp to wrap or cover items tied
to the roof
- A handful of plastic shopping bags
- Bubble wrap or paper to keep china
- Boxes to keep purchases from rolling
around in the car
You'll kick yourself if
you arrive at noon and see your "perfect"
chandelier being carted off by someone else.
Go early and know what you're looking for.
Shop with an Eye
See how items are displayed
to get creative ideas that might be adapted to your
own home. Think innovatively so items meant for
one use can be adapted for use in another way --
say industrial beakers used as vases, sewing maching
cabinets modified to hold plants, cabinet doors
that could be made into tabletops.
Some people like to make a
quick circle of everything, then go back to what interests
them. Others start in one corner and proceed slowly
through each booth. And some go to an information
booth to see if vendors are organized by item
(china, furniture, jewelry, etc.), then go the areas
that interests them. Whatever your strategy, have
a list of your favorite
items so you can stay focused.
Even if something isn't "perfect"
look beyond the rough exterior to see the bones of
a piece. What would it look like painted black, or
white? Could the frame be gold-leafed? Would that
lamp base be perfect if you found a new shade? Could
that cute chipped plate be hung high on a wall or
broken up for a mosaic? Would a crackle finish renew
that tired rocking chair?
You may not find something
wonderful on every shopping trip, or you may buy
something and later decide it isn't so perfect after
all, yet it is often the thrill of the hunt that
we remember fondly.