You've been watching Antiques Roadshow
on PBS since you were a kid — you're hooked, and it's all your grandparents' fault. You also have a trip to Las Vegas in the works, in part because you want to haggle with the guys from Pawn Stars
. (Okay, so maybe I'm projecting a little.) But, whether you're a full-fledged antiques expert or a curious beginner looking for a few pointers, you shouldn't forget that there's an entire world of real-life auctions, flea markets, yard sales, and online antique shops at your disposal that extend beyond your TV screen.
And, thanks to the home-decor geniuses at Homepolish
, Gunnar Larson
, and Design*Sponge
(plus, R29's brand-new lifestyle editor, too!), we've got the tips, tricks, and web resources to help you elevate your antiquing prowess tenfold. Find out what these designers really think about authenticating merch before buying, and how and when to trust your gut, among other need-to-know hacks of the trade. It's all just a click of the remote, er, mouse away.
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