3. Be There After Lunch: In most off-beat furniture finding adventures we'll always tell you to be there early, or better yet, really early. When it comes to antique stores, most vendors are spending their morning at auctions and estate sales. More often than not, they'll grab some lunch and head to their store to start displaying new finds. Although this isn't always the case, it's true more often than not. So don't worry about taking a full day off work to go treasure hunting, just take a half day instead and head to your favorite place to bring home a find.4. Barter Barter Barter: Even if it doesn't seem like a "nice" thing to do, the truth of the matter is most folks who sell items at antique stores are addicts. When it comes right down to it, they're just looking to sell things so they can buy more and continue their own hunt for treasure (even if they're re-selling it to you). Just because the price tag seems a little high, it doesn't mean you have to pay it. Instead, get the vendor number and have them call to see if they'll wager with you! Cut the price in half and go up from there, if they want to sell it, they'll make a deal!
5. Best Deals On Wednesday: For those vendors who spend their weekends hitting up auctions, estate sales and garage sales, the last date to move out merchandise before moving in the new is Wednesday. It's a magical day where even the hardest seller will cave and bend the rules for you just a little. This is also a great day to find percentage off sales at many booths for the same reason!
6. When In Doubt Put It On Hold: Often times on larger ticket items (which furniture usually is), stores are more than willing to hold an item while you check on things. It might be an afternoon, a day, or even a full week, but if you're willing to pay $400 for that Eames chair replica, they're willing to wait. Just ask!
Do you have any more tips or tricks to add to the game of finding furniture at antique stores? Share your words of wisdom in the comments below!