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How To Shop Smart for Antiques

July 9th, 2014

Downton I adore you, but my first love on PBS will always be Antiques Roadshow. If you haven’t already discovered it for yourself, the show is part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt for those who love history and stories revealed through unique objects. With the Roadshow stopping in Austin this year to film three episodes, we simply had to take advantage of the knowledgeable appraisers who were in town to participate. We were lucky enough to get set up with appraiser Sara Wishart to talk about maker’s marks, collecting china, and how to shop smart at the antique market. And — to add to the fun — Michael and I got to have two of our own items appraised at the Roadshow! Read on for Sara’s tips and to find out what happened when Michael and I arrived on set…

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21 Comments under :: How To Shop Smart for Antiques
  1. Winzer says:

    How much fun! I’m totally jealous. Glad y’all had fun and I super love all the great tips for shopping for antiques.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Thank you, Winzer! It was so much fun to see behind the scenes on one of our favorite shows. And I agree — these are really solid tips to keep in mind when shopping for antiques/vintage items!

  2. Chanel Dror says:

    So much great information. This looks like such a fun experience!!

  3. Emmy says:

    Is there a aprasial website?. Even someone who would be willing to help me find some information on a piece I have?

  4. diane smith says:

    I love the Antiques Roadshow! As an avid antique lover, I really appreciated the shopping tips.
    Thanks Jennifer & Michael for a first hand glimpse behind the scenes…how fun!

  5. Lily says:

    This is such an awesome post — gearing me up for Brimfield this weekend!

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

  6. Gotta buy what you love for sure. Nothing adds more character to a space than a great personal, funky find!

    Antiques here we come! ;)

    xo, Kali

  7. Melanie says:

    Jen, I love your china! Regardless of the appraised value, I would consider it a treasured family heirloom.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Thank you, Melanie! That is so sweet. I love it because of the rose pattern! I’ll have to take Suzanne’s advice and start using it more often.

  8. Traci says:

    I also love the antique china!

  9. kelly colchin says:

    I loved reading this piece and especially all the collecting advice! I’m obsessed with ARS and so jealous that you got to go!

  10. What an awesome assignment. Such a great piece, and love the pic of you two.

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  13. unpofucsia says:

    LOVE this article ! The whole concept of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, topic, pics, interview , info … all! Great job! Thank you!

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