One of my all-time favorite places to shop for antiques is The Depot at Gibson Mill in Concord Mills, NC. It is amazing. I pretty much know that I will find a treasure, every time I step into that place. In fact, I usually walk out with quite a few (my husband loves the place. ha).
This last time was no exception. I packed the two boys up in the minivan while Mads was at school, followed my neighbor/friends with benefits (meaning, we both live for the chippy, rusty, farmhouse stuff…and she is always scoring me the best deals on antique treasures) up to Concord and we perused antiques, ate lunch at their little cafe and scored us some frikkin’ amazing stuff.
I did have to contain myself somewhat and remember that I couldn’t literally buy everything that I saw and wanted. Damn it. I am seriously wishing now that I had picked up two metal cloches that I saw though…
heh. heh. Luckily, the place is an hour away or I probably would have gone back for them by now…and be down $50 more buckaroos.
metal basket – there’s never too many storage bins in this house, is my opinion. I can always find a use for them. I have plans to attach this one to the wall in our bathroom and fill it with folded towels and washcloths.
wooden shelf – this was just too cute to pass up, even though I don’t know exactly what I am going to do with it yet. It may find it’s way up to the guest room and reside on the desk I haven’t finished yet…hmm.
galvanized metal caddy – this one isn’t technically an antique…it’s something that was made to look old. I fell in love with the booth it was in (seriously…I wish I could remember the # of it for some of you), because it was spot-on my style. I got this caddy for the play room – am thinking of filling it with art supplies.
vintage Princess Polly books – I almost cried when I found these. My nan used to read these to us growing up…and goodness, it brought back a feeling of nostalgia. Definitely plopped these right into my cart, in the hopes that I can put them in Mad’s room and read them to her as she gets a bit older.
metal wire hanging baskets – now, this is just a very cool thing to have and can be used in different ways. I plan on hanging it in a corner of the guest room and putting plants in it that need bright sun (our guest room is so bright). It’ll make the room look so cheery and inviting!
old plates – working on a teeny plate wall in our dining room…have been wanting to do this for years and it looks like it may finally be happening.
I’m a fast shopper, no matter where I am or what I am looking for. It could be diapers or shopping for a piece of furniture. Doesn’t matter. That said, I’m a pretty basic B when it comes to shopping and my tips may not wow you.
Regardless, here are my tips for shopping for antiques, when you have limited time to work with, have no patience to meander OR just have KIDS…
- have an idea of what you are looking for before you go – I try to make a list, even if it is a mental one, before I leave the house. I look around our home for areas I have yet to decorate and think of what I could use.
- peruse the shop/area quickly for anything that sticks out to you immediately – I always do this. I survey everything and then go for the pieces that immediately caught my eye. I then see what kind of shape they are in, if they are actually as awesome as I thought they were, etc.
- put everything in your cart – even if you’re unsure at first, put it in your cart…you can whittle it all down before you purchase.
- once your cart is full (and your sweating at the thought of spending all of your hard-earned savings on antiques), take a moment to sift through your finds and whittle them down to your favorites. This is usually when I try to use my list as a guide. I sometimes realize that I really have no use or place for certain items, even if they are eeeek-worthy.
- buy the crap out of those antiques!
That’s really it.
I am sure my antiquing bff has more tips for you (because she’s 10x the pro that I am), but this is how I’ve had success shopping for them.
It can be SO MUCH FUN. You just have to try and not get overwhelmed by it all. 🙂
Anyways, I’ll be sharing what I do with all of these soon-ish. It takes me a while to get stuff done around here. Ya know, kids n’ stuff.
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