Checking Your Antique Items Before Buying
A big part of the process of buying antique items is looking into how much damage has been incurred on them before you have made your purchase. Obviously if you are buying something that is a hundred years old it is very unlikely that it would be in mint condition. In fact, a little bit of damage is actually preferable because of the fact that it would make the item seem more like a genuine antique rather than it being the sort of thing that was made in a factory recently which is something that a lot of supposed antiques genuinely go through.
Don’t be too discouraged by an item that has been damaged in some way. Obviously items that are completely unusable are not going to be good purchases simply because of the fact that there is very little that you would be able to do with them. However, items that have a few scratches here and there are not a bad purchase at all. Indeed, the damage can tell a bit of a story about the item. After all you are purchasing a piece of history, and the story of the item can help you take a glimpse into the journey that it has seen on its way to the Route 32 Auctions that you are purchasing it at.
You should avoid trying to get your antiques repaired after you have purchased them. Firstly this is going to make it difficult for you to maintain the value of the item, and secondly it will take away the actual antique nature of the item in question. Try to keep things simple and use the item in the condition it was in when you bought it.