Antique furniture and decorations can give your home a lift. You can get high-quality, fashionable products for a lower price and you might find that your antiques grow in value over time as well.

But getting the right piece for your home can take time, effort and research. Below, we explore how to source antique items for your home.

Visiting shops

One simple way to source your antique items is by visiting different shops. This can give you a chance to view some products in person and visualise how they’d look in your home. Fortunately, it’s possible to find many different shops that sell antiques.

Antique furniture in antique store

From specialist antique shops to shops who stock a small selection of items, you should be able to find all sorts of fascinating antiques by taking the time to shop around. This can help you find truly unique items that give your home an original style. 

Antiques fairs

Antiques fairs are another excellent way for you to discover new items for your home. They work in a simple way: you’ll spend the first part of your day viewing the items and speaking to the dealers about their items. From there, you’ll have your research all set for an auction later on in the day, unless you’re able to make your purchase on the spot.

Antiques next to auction hammer

You’ll compete with other buyers to make the best bid for each antique. As such, it’s best to have a solid strategy in place and an idea of the maximum you’d be willing to spend on each product. Each dealer is thoroughly vetted, and the antiques are carefully checked, giving you peace of mind that your investment will be solid. Just take a look at the upcoming UK antique fairs calendar and pick out some local dates that fit neatly into your schedule. 

Buy online

It can be difficult for some people to find the time to go out and search for antiques – but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something for your home. There are plenty of online auctions, ensuring that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to make your purchase.

What’s more, you’ll be able to research items from your sofa, allowing you to make an informed decision at each auction. It can be daunting to make offers during the auction, but by following a buying guide, you should be confident that you’re set to find some great deals. 

Sourcing antiques for your home can be difficult but rewarding. By following the guide above – and with some care and effort – you’ll be able to find one-of-a-kind pieces that truly elevate your home.