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Guide To Buying Antiques Online

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Judy Rom

Buy Antiques Online

We do love variety, and now more then ever you can find a multitude of options for buying antiques online. It’s especially appealing when you’ve been hunting for the perfect piece, for what seems like forever. Nonetheless, it can be tricky to figure out if that piece will live up to your expectations. How can you tell if an online item is actually the right piece for you? We are accustomed to these concerns and want to help you make a good choice. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to shopping for antiques online.  

Here are the main factors to look at when buying antiques online:

  1. Is the piece genuine?
  2. Will it fit in your home?
  3. Is the price right?

How to ascertain if the pieces are genuine

How to buy antiques online

Source: Morphy Auctions

Step 1: Buy from reputable sellers 

When buying antiques online, always shop at established dealers. It’s good to check how long the store has been in business. We are pleased to share that Ski Country Antiques & Home has been family-owned and operated since 2011. Online customer reviews can also be reassuring. It’s a good way to judge how well-respected the dealer is, as well as how they address their customer concerns. You can check out our Google reviews here.

Step 2: Check for signs that an antique piece is genuine 

Wondering how to tell if a piece is genuine or a reproduction? The easy answer is that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Antiques are items that are over 100 years old. Over time they will have developed a patina and characteristic signs of wear, meaning they won’t look sparkling new. The way a piece is constructed will also give away its age. Ask the seller for photographs of the hardware, the joints of drawers and even the back of the piece.

Step 3: Arm yourself with knowledge

Learn as much as you can about the antiques you are interested in and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Talking directly with sellers is so helpful - that’s why we offer a readily accessible customer support team. We love sharing our knowledge, and are happy to answer questions about our antiques to help you find the right pieces for your home.

How to tell if the antique is a good fit  

How to buy antiques online

Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

Step 1: Carefully review photos and descriptions

This may seem obvious, but be sure to carefully examine photographs of the antique you are interested in. Be sure to look at photos of the piece from all angles. The description of the piece should include the circa (age), period style and condition of the piece. If the provenance (origin of the piece) is mentioned that’s even better.

Step 2: Check the dimensions

Dimensions of the piece will help give you a clear idea of how the antique piece will fit into your chosen room. Use a tape measure and a roll of masking tape to visually map out how the piece will integrate.

Step 3: Know the return policy

Despite your best intentions, not every purchase will work out. We want you to love the pieces you buy from us and we are happy to accept returns of items in their original condition, within 15 days of purchase. Do be aware that returned furniture is subject to a 20% restocking fee and shipping charges are not refundable.

How to tell if the price is right

 How to buy antiques online

Photo by Diego Botero on Unsplash

Step 1: Understand the price tag 

Many factors affect the price of an antique, including: age, condition, rarity, materials and craftsmanship. For instance, two similar tables might have a large price difference. The originality, color and dimensions could make one piece a classic and the other a utilitarian item. Ask questions so that you can learn more about the pieces and what makes them special.

Step 2: Factor in shipping

The size and weight of the item, as well as the location to where it’s being shipped will impact the delivery cost. If you contact us via phone or email, we can provide you with a shipping estimate before you make your final decision.

Step 3: Check in with yourself

How much you love a piece will help determine if the price is right for you. Collecting antiques is a marathon, not a sprint. A lot of pieces are unique, so ask yourself if you will regret it if you don’t buy the piece. This will help you determine the right decision for you.  

Our online store is only a small portion of what we have to offer. Visit us in-store to see it all!

Want to start shopping now? Here’s a selection of some antique pieces we love:

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