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My secret to the perfect find? Sometimes, it’s a matter of retracing my steps

Submitted by Scott Simmons on Fri, 01/01/2016 - 20:33
I scored this Tiffany compote after reversing my path in a local consignment shop. There are few things more satisfying that finding that perfect item, be it at a shop, a show or even a garage sale.

From my Collector's Corner column published in Florida Weekly:

 

My secret to the perfect find? Sometimes, it’s a matter of retracing my steps

There are few things more satisfying that finding that perfect item, be it at a shop, a show or even a garage sale.
But if I had taken a single pass around the merchandise I might have missed some of my best finds.

Instead, I try to retrace my steps, reversing the path throughout a shop.

Objects that were hidden in shadows suddenly become obvious when you do that.

Case in point: I was at a local consignment shop when I spotted a bowl filled with potpourri. It was an elegant, etched compote that caught the light and sparkled like a beacon from across the room. I knew it had to be something good.

Sure enough, it was signed Tiffany.

The price? $24.95.

Why?

Because whoever had done the pricing had inadvertently placed the price sticker over part of the acid-etched signature.

As for actually spotting the bowl, I had not noticed it when I walked in the door. I only noticed it when retracing my steps because the sunlight came into the room at a different angle.

Look up and down the shelves.

Don’t just look straight at the piece when you pick it up, either.

To look for a hallmark, hold a piece of glass at an angle — the hallmarks sometimes are almost like holographic images and not visible when viewed head-on.

Run your fingertips along the edges to inspect for chips, buy and enjoy!

Who knows? You may score a Tiffany of your own.

Or better!

Start the New Year off with a little shopping:

West Palm Beach Antiques Festival — Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 1., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 2 and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: Early buyer, 9 a.m.- noon Jan. 1, $25; general admission, $8; seniors, $7; two-day pass, $12. Note: Discounts not valid during early buyer hours. Info: wpbaf.com. ¦

Read it at FloridaWeekly.com here.

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