Sniffing Out Good Buys On Antiques And Collectible
How many of my readers SMELL the antiques and collectibles they find before purchasing? Last week I found a Mid Century vinyl foot stool with a wonderful Atomic Era abstract pattern. This dream stool had a covered storage bin. So I lifted off the top of the stool and a very powerful wet basement type smell knocked me over.
Try A Little Sunshine
The store owner offered to place the stool in the bright sunshine and we agreed I would return and perhaps find the stool still for sale.
Some Tough Smells Don't Leave So Easily
I returned two weeks later and the stool was still there and so was the smell. I am in love with this stool and I am determined to figure out how to get rid of the smell (before I buy it). Another buyer might scoop the stool up and never think to pick up the lid or may not be as fussy. I'm learning the hard way. Too many rushed purchases over the years. I'm smarter now (LOL).
Snick Your Nose Inside
I'm sensitive to smells so I tend to pick up items and see if they pass the smell test. If something has a really offensive smell (musty or moldy) it doesn't come home with me.
Now there are smells and then there are SMELLS. I can deal with a little bit of a dusty smell. But let's say an old knitted blanket has a granny camphor ball smell....I pass before I pass out. That is not a smell I want following me.
A shop near me does a wonderful job repurposing furniture. But even when they give their old dressers a make over...often the camphor smell in the drawers remains.
The Top Smelly Collectibles
Vintage clothing needs to be sniffed as well as old furniture, upholstered pieces, textiles, linens, carpets, old paper goods, photographs, artwork, dolls, vintage suitcases, vintage trunks, old purses and any object that was stored without light, proper temperature control and fresh air. Be suspicious of objects that were boxed up for a long time in attics, garages or basements.
Getting Rid Of Smells When Buying Antiques And Collectibles
There is a lot of advice out there on getting rid of smells. Every dealer I know has their trick of the trade. Here are some links that you might review on this topic. Be sure to leave a comment if you too have some ideas or feedback on getting rid of smells.
Musty and Moldy Furniture Smells http://www.worthpoint.com/blog-entry/stinky-stuff-rid-furniture-smells or http://www.ehow.com/get-musty-smells-out/
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.
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