Whenever you go shopping for antiques, there are always a few things that you need to remember. The first thing that you need to keep in mind is what kind of budget that you have. What I do so that I don’t go over my budget is to write down on a piece of paper how much my bill will be.
Another thing to remember is to keep an idea (or even a list) on what you are looking for. It could be a lamp for your living room, a carburetor for your Indian motorcycle or even a Morgan dollar for your coin collection. I often look in reference books or on the internet to see how much the item that I am looking for will cost so that I know what to expect to pay.
The next thing that I do is to figure out where I would like to go. You may have several antique stores, flea markets and even swap meets that are pretty close to home, so you could hit several of them in one day.
The last thing to do is to throw a box or a sack into your car or truck. It might sound silly, but I have one when I go shopping—you may be at something like a garage sale or even a swap meet and need to pack something in it.
The best rule of thumb of all is to have fun!