Tips to help pick authentic antiques
Are you about to head out on the town in search of cool items to display in your home? Have you been watching all the new reality shows focused on decorating with vintage housewares to give your space a "shabby chic" feel?
Don't head out without knowing a thing or two about antique buying first.
Television shows like "American Pickers" and "Antiques Roadshow" have sparked interest throughout the country, sending people running to flea markets, antique shops, estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores in search of hot bargains and cool items.
According to Rose Putman, co-owner of Yesterdaze Thrift Mall, vintage housewares are the rage in The Big Country. Putman has seen the demand for vintage housewares and "shabby chic" increase dramatically in recent years.
"People come in all the time looking for older Pyrex dishes, cast iron pans, kerosene lamps, egg beaters, old utensils and potato mashers," Putnam said. "Sometimes they want to use the items, but in many cases, the items will be used for decoration."
Putman warns reproductions have become more common as popularity has grown. Customers are encouraged to conduct research and have a few key things in mind when shopping.
"Cast iron pans that seem too heavy and do not have slick finishes could be reproductions, utensils with plastic handles that look too new and bright or are very light are likely reproductions — and Pyrex or Corning Wear without the proper markings or logos may be reproductions also," Putnam said.