*Buy what you like.
*Buy the best you can afford. No less.
*Let an item call out to you.
*Start with a limited view, looking for just one thing.
*Ask lots of questions.
*If you're shopping at a large antiques fair or flea market with friends, agree on a time and place to meet.
*You can't learn from a book, much as I like to sell mine.
*You can't learn everything
*Price items against gift shops.
*No matter how reliable, dealers can be wrong.
*Consider where you live and whom you live with.
*Keep the scale of your home in mind.
*Don't walk away from something you love.
*Be willing to wait.
*Don't worry about how to get an item home. There's always a way.
*Get rid of one thing to make room for another thing.
*It's never too late to start a collection.
*Always bring a magnifying glass and a ruler. (If you forget to bring a ruler, remember that a dollar bill is exactly 6 inches long.)
*Wear sensible, comfortable shoes.
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