Antiques can be found in many places. They can be in a home you inherited, at a garage sale, or on the street. If you are looking for antiques to sell, there are many online resources that can help you sell your antiques through auction sites. There are ways of selling your antiques that might not seem right to you, like donating them to museums or letting them go to waste, so read this article to learn all about your options when it comes to selling your old things.
If you have inherited or acquired an antique piece of furniture, artwork, clock, rug, or another collectible item, the first step is to evaluate its condition. Are the surfaces dirt and dust free? Is anything damaged? If so, how severely? Answers to these questions will help you determine whether it needs professional restoration or if it can be used as is.
Once you know the condition of the piece, decide how much money you want to spend on restoration and which items need to be restored in what order. You may also want to consult an appraiser or antique expert for guidance.
Once all decisions are made, start preparing the piece for restoration by cleaning it with mild detergent and warm water. Apply a non-polar solvent such as paint thinner or turpentine to any areas that need repair; allow the solution to dry completely before moving on to Step 2.
In many cases, restoring an antique requires more than one step. For example, if there is damage to a tabletop caused by centuries of use, fixing that may require replacing the tabletop as well as repairing the surface.