What are some shopping tips for anyone who is new to the vintage scene?

When you first start to shop for vintage and collectible items, it can be intimidating.  What are some tips that can help you out?

One misconception is to get there early.  I know that you hear “get there early!” or “the early bird gets the worm”, but I can tell you that’s not always the case.  There have been plenty of times when I have found great items at 10am or even at 2 in the afternoon.

Look in the weird spots—you never know what you will find hiding in the bottom corner or the very top shelf of the booth.

Shop with someone.  It could be anyone—a friend, wife, husband or even a family member.  This will bring another set of eyes to the place that you are shopping.  I don’t know how many times I have walked by a booth and saw nothing and then a family member found something great where I was looking.  Not only that, they will also be on the look out for completely different items that you normally don’t go looking for.

Your shoe choice could come back and haunt you.  This might sound silly, but it really can.  I constantly see someone wearing a pair of stylish shoes that eventually start to hurt them.  At the very least, bring a pair of comfortable tennis shoes with you in case your feet start to hurt.

This is only a handful of the tips that will come in handy when you are shopping for vintage and collectible items.  What are some of the tips that you have run across?

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Happy New Year from Wisdom Lane Antiques!

Did Santa leave a little extra cash for you in your Christmas stocking?  Wisdom Lane Antiques is offering a coupon code for 10% off the purchase price of any item!

From December 26th through January 1st, you can use the coupon code RETURN10 to get that discount.  We have a wide selection of antiques, collectibles, clothing and jewelry to choose from.

I hope that you have a Happy New Year!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deal from Wisdom Lane Antiques!

Wisdom Lane Antiques invites you to their shop to sample it’s wide variety of shopping on the internet!

I am currently offering you a 20% discount on the purchase price of all the item in my shop when you use the coupon code STORESALE20

I hope that you have a terrific Thanksgiving, and a fun time shopping this weekend!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deal from Wisdom Lane Antiques!

Wisdom Lane Antiques invites you to their shop to sample it’s wide variety of shopping on the internet!

I am currently offering you a 20% discount on the purchase price of all the item in my shop when you use the coupon code STORESALE20

I hope that you have a terrific Thanksgiving, and a fun time shopping this weekend!

Having a great background really helps that item you are selling look even better

Are you considering selling an item online? I have noticed that having a great background really helps make your item stand out from the rest of the items for sale. It doesn’t need to be anything expensive, it could be something around the house or you are going to use for another project.

One background that I use is my back deck. If you have a deck that has weathered a little like the one I have, it could give you a rustic look for your photo.

ronny brook

You can see these terrific Ronny Brook milk bottles in my Etsy store here. Construction paper can also come in handy when you need a background. Black, white, blue and even red are just a few colors that you can use.

As you can see from the before and after pictures above, it doesn’t need to be a huge piece to help make your item stand out. Another item to help you out is a piece of felt. You don’t need to make a special trip to get a piece—if you have a pool table with a felt top on it will work just fine.

pin

The felt in the picture above actually is a part of a stack of felt that I picked up a while ago. The stack has a huge variety of colors that has come in handy for me. You can see the brown enamel pin pictured above in my Etsy store here.

What kinds of backgrounds have you used for a photo?