Antiquing is not a spectator sport. When you’re out there at a flea market, it’s always important to be on your feet, eyes wide open, and poised to find your new favorite statement piece – so you can snag it before someone else does.
But there’s one part that regularly stumps even seasoned shoppers: how to bargain confidently and respectfully.
Luckily Nate shared his go-to line with Paper Magazine:
“Is this price firm?”
Pretty simple, right? But by leading with this, as opposed to jumping right in, it sets the stage in a kind, in-the-know way.
If they seem open to negotiation, proceed with: “what is the absolute best price you can sell this for?”
But perhaps more important than what to say is what NOT to say. “Pointing out flaws in an antiques or vintage store to get a price down is obnoxious,” Nate tells Paper.
Everyone wants to feel good about the price you land on, so set the right tone from the start. Because, your new treasure should come home with some pride over how it came into your possession – always be respectful.