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Could Your Antique Be Worth Something? This Is How You Spot Hidden Treasure

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We've all dreamed of digging around in our attic and finding some hidden treasure that one of our relatives tucked away, but it's easier than you might expect to turn that dream into a reality.

You probably won't find a long-lost masterpiece by a famous artist, but it's very easy to uncover a few hidden gems in a flea market and sell them for a profit.

The most important thing is to know what you're looking for. If you're new to antiquing and want to make a good deal just make sure to follow your R.A.D.A.R. (Rarity, Aesthetics, Desirability, Authenticity, Really good condition), we'll show you how with this easy guide.

Rarity

It can be hard to tell at first glance if something is rare, but it's pretty easy to find out.

The trick is to learn how many were made and how many are still around. Lots of people still own antique lamps, but if you know yours was only made for a few years at a certain factory, it will be worth more.

On the other hand, even common antiques are more valuable if they have an unusual color or style, so compare yours to photos or records of other pieces.

Aesthetics

A big part of antiquing has to do with a sense of style. Even if a piece isn't very rare, a beautiful antique can attract more money than an ugly one.

Follow your instincts, but also learn what most people like to buy. You might enjoy an antique wooden dog, but not everyone else will.

Click the next page to learn how to check if your antique is authentic!

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