Antique lamps are fascinating collectibles for their beauty, design, and artistic qualities that draw people to search for them. Finding these can be as much fun at times as collecting, but can also be a challenge if you are not sure where to start. The first step in collecting and finding antique lamps is to read about the different types, look through books on the topic, and pick a style that attracts your attention the most. Depending on what type you choose, you may have an easier or harder time locating those lamps.
Antique malls and flea markets are easy places to start, and you will see many varieties in the different booths not only in design buy in price. Some dealers will have a good knowledge of what they are selling, and will price accordingly. Other instances you will locate a good value that you won't want to miss. Watch for signs posted at the booth offering a discount on marked items and mention it at the checkout to save you even more money.
Thrift stores also are a good source of antique lamps at times. Many people will donate items that they come across cleaning out a garage or attic, and will donate things not knowing what they are worth. You can get a great deal on a beautiful lamp if you stop and check into these at least once a week. Garage sales are also worth stopping for, as people will mark things very reasonably to move them. Auctions and estate sales offer lamps of varying kinds. Many collectors come here to get a good deal, and often leave with a surprising treasure.
One current source in the past decade is online auction sites. Dealers, individuals, and companies will sell all types of antique lamps. You have to watch who you are purchasing from, read about the item with care, and query with the dealer if you are unsure about something. You also have to figure in the cost of shipping the item to you.
Antique lamps offer a challenging and enjoyable collectible to obtain, and can be found with success if you implement some of the strategies and locations that were discussed here. Keep in mind that you should be a careful shopper, taking the time to know what you are getting for your money. This will ensure that you get a lamp you can enjoy and preserve in your collection.