The National Fine Art and Antiques Fair returns to the NEC next week from January 18-22 and it continues to be one of the most prestigious events of its kind outside of London.
For many, buying antiques is unchartered territory and can be daunting to begin with. So with antique and art becoming a more popular method of investment potential we asked Tiffany Pritchard, show director at the National Fine Art & Antiques Fair for her top tips.
When you first venture in to the world of antiques make sure you buy from professionals. Look out for dealers from the main trade associations such as LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers or BADA, the British Antique Dealers Association or buy from a vetted fair, which means experts have checked items are as described on their label.
It is important to find antiques that you love and will enjoy living with. Here are a few haggling hints which will help you buy that special purchase at the right price.
Remember that the dealer has brought the item to sell, so once you have made your selection use the antiques trade code for a discount by asking the dealer for his best price. The best prices arent always achieved on a credit card but some cards may offer additional insurance benefits.
Also, dont expect huge discounts on high-quality antiques. Aim for 20 per cent off and be pleased with 10 per cent, but dont be too surprised if many dealers stick at five per cent or even refuse to budge.
Finally, buy it because you love it!
The National Fine Art and Antiques Fair is a longstanding vetted and datelined fair supported by LAPADA which has a strict code of practice providing additional reassurance when making a purchase.
The show opens at 11am on Wednesday, January 18 in Hall 11 at the NEC. Tickets are priced at £15 or £12 in advance and include free car parking and visitor guide. Visit www.thenationalfair.co.uk for further information.