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Antiquing Around Mid-Missouri

Become an expert in finding old treasures.

Antiquing might just take on the title as the newfound hobby of the century. Collectors, both novice and seasoned alike, find that furniture, jewelry, fine china, accessories and so much more are sometimes worth far more than their price tags reflect.

According to Antiques.com, there are nearly 600 antique shops in the state of Missouri with approximately 28 shops housed in or near the city of Columbia given a 25-mile radius. Let’s just say it’s time to let go of the new and discover some of the hidden treasures tucked away in the antique shops and flea markets located near you.

With the innovation of the internet, antique shopping nowadays can be done by the simple click of a mouse. Sites such as Etsy, EBay, Craigslist and Amazon, just to name a few, are prime online sites for finding antiques outside of your region. However, before you begin be sure to check out a few tips and tricks to help maximize your antique treasure search.

7 Tips on How to Antique Shop Like A Pro

  1. Ask questions

Antiques are infamous for their devout historical background from its craftsmanship all the way to its past ownership history. Ultimately, before you make your purchase, be sure to get all the information you can about the product. Every piece is sure to have its own unique story adding a special value to the item. Other questions include how to care for the product, specific return policies and more.

  1. Inspect for damage

Antiques are known for their rustic and vintage look. However, they are also subject to a little wear and tear. As a result, be sure to inspect every item thoroughly before purchasing. Occasionally, consumers find that restoration can cost more than the item is worth in the long run.

  1. Negotiate

Most times, as consumers, we think it’s impossible or rude to negotiate. However, when it comes to antique shopping, negotiation is key. Since items are one of a kind, there tends to be an unspoken flexibility in the market. And luckily for you, that means the ticket prices are merely a suggestion. If you can, try to negotiate a price that is not only reasonable but is also fair. Compromise, just like negotiation, is key.

  1. Research

You never know how valuable an item is until you’ve done the work and the research to ensure its true value. This is where you can compare and contrast item prices, authenticity, history, previous ownership and more. It can be done simply with online research or visiting an appraiser to check for its overall value and condition. Either way, be informed about your purchase. You could possibly be sitting on a fortune for which you only paid $5!

  1. Obtain item authentication in writing

In layman’s terms, always obtain a receipt. It should include the seller’s name, address, phone number, date purchased and if possible, details about the product. Details, such as the items age, origin, and previous repairs or replacements, the price you paid, and how you paid are essential.

  1. Freestanding vs. online antique shops

Because of the internet, shopping has become extremely convenient and simple. Nonetheless, when shopping for antiques, deciding to browse freestanding shops or markets or click through different shops on the internet depends solely on the consumer.

  1. Buying

Last but not least, buying. If you love it, buy it. If you can’t live without it, buy it. If you simply like it…leave it. This is a message for any and all shopping. If you have to question it, it’s not for you. If you don’t have a use, place or reason for purchasing a product or item, don’t waste your money.

Antique shopping is truly the perfect treasure hunt. Discover some of the most rare and unique pieces that have traveled throughout history handpicked just for you. Believe it or not, you’ll find the return to be priceless.

What’s Around COMO


8650-I 70 Dr. S.E.


1781 Lindberg Dr.


319 Nebraska Ave., Suite C


1907 N. Providence Rd.


6401 Hwy. 40 W.


1501 Old US Hwy. 63 S.


7201 S. Nursery Rd.


2615 S. Providence Rd.





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