The Bouckville Antique Week is schedule for August 10th – 16th, located all along the scenic route 20 in Bouckville. If you’re not a regular, and have never been to something like this – we’ve complied a list from our in-house antique experts of advice on attacking Antique Week!
1. ALWAYS BARGAIN
Some people will just take a listed price as it is, but sellers EXPECT you to bargain with them – so do it! Piece of advice though, don’t try to under cut them – because some people might actually take offense to it. I’d recommend if something is listed at $35 – offer $25 – that means they will come down to $30, hopefully. Lead in lines might sound something like…
“Will you take $30 for this?”
“I see there’s a scratch here, how about $30”
“Can you work with me on the price a little?”
2. HAVE A VISION
It’s always a great idea to go to one of these fests with a plan. Have a list of 5 things that you’re looking for – that way you can scan the booths quickly and cover as much ground in as little amount of time.
3. DON’T BUY AT THE FIRST PLACE
You might be tempted to buy the first item you see that’s on your list, but you have to be smart about it! The first one you see might not be the best price or quality. So write down the booth number/area on your list and make a note to come back to it. UNLESS it’s something you think won’t be there when you return, because it’s just THAT cool.
4. BLOCK & TACKLE
Look at the space you’re entering and choose what way you’ll approach it. Left to right, down and up – I’m a person that needs a clear path and I always want to make sure no antique goes un-turned.
5. FIND OUT THE HISTORY
Some dealers appreciate selling their items to people who are passionate about learning the history of what they’re selling. Plus, it will be a better conversation piece in your house if you actually know what it is! And who knows, maybe you’ll get a couple bucks knocked off it you bond with the dealer.
6. ETC ADVICE
Bring your smartphone with you. If you see something that looks really unique and cheap, look it up online – just in case you’re about to pass up a rare item!
Hydrate with water – nothing worse than getting sick from heat while you’re in the middle of antiquing!
Have a game plan on how you’ll carry all of this stuff you buy without having to go back to the car, maybe a wagon or a strong friend.