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Great Deals at Antiques Faire

An antique phone and other vintage goods on a table

Every once in a while, an event comes around the San Francisco apartments for rent that distills everything that antique shoppers love about shopping in the open air and condenses it into one convenient location. This May, that event is the Downtown Pleasanton Antiques & Collectibles Faire, an assemblage of old-time goods from far and wide:

“The Downtown Pleasanton Antiques & Collectibles Faire event has run twice each year for more than fifteen years and has been hailed as one of the finest outdoor street faires in Northern California. The vendors, fine restaurants, and many business establishments that line Main Street in Downtown Pleasanton are open to shoppers all day long.”

If that sounds like your kind of good time, then we encourage you to read on; today, we’re going to be covering all the ins and outs you’ll need to know to enjoy this spring’s edition of this amazing outdoor bazaar.

Background on the Antiques & Collectibles Faire

The Downtown Pleasanton Antiques & Collectibles Faire is an event that runs twice yearly. This upcoming May 26th installment will be the first one for 2019, with the second taking place on October 13th. The faire starts at 8:00AM, and runs until 4:00PM. There’s no fee for admission (hard to beat free), and as you might have been able to guess from the name, takes place in Downtown Pleasanton, right on Main Street.

The event usually draws anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 visitors, and there will be a staggering 400 vendors in attendance as well, selling all manner of clothing, furniture, jewelry, toys, home décor, and the like. Unlike a run-of-the-mill outdoor, faire, however, all of the items on sale here will be at least twenty years old, with many of the antiques being even older.

In other words, this will be the event for you to attend if you’ve been thinking of adding some rustic, antique charm to your life with some stuff from yesteryear, and it will also be your destination of choice if you’ve been thinking about getting some old items you have around the house appraised. Veteran appraiser and dealer, Steve Yvaska, will be at the faire’s information booth from 10:00AM to 1:00PM, plying his trade and letting you know what your old collectibles might be worth.

Mr. Yvaska has a wealth of experience in the realm of antiques and collectibles (over forty) and has a reputation for helping clients assess their items for the highest prices possible to better ensure the chances of a good sale. Just keep in mind, though, there will be plenty others who want a chance for Mr. Yvaska to appraise their property as well, so every attendee at the faire is limited to one item only!

Tips for Getting a Great Deal at the Faire

A large part of the appeal of heading to antique & collectible shows is getting a bunch of cool old stuff at a great price. Those great prices, however, will be much easier to come by if you know how to track down what you’re looking for and haggle for the best bargain. These two skills are part and parcel of the antique fair experience, and we’ve got a few helpful tips that will guide you while you’re cruising Main Street for those amazing, once-in-a-lifetime deals.

With so many vendors to navigate, you might think finding what you’re looking for will be like finding a needle in a haystack. Indeed, having so many options will give you a lot of ground to cover, but you can help make your experience more streamlined by making a list of the few items you’re hunting for beforehand and getting to the fair as early as possible to beat the crowds. This way, when you are getting close to what you wanted, you’ll have less competition standing in your way.

Now, when it comes to negotiating, the first thing to remember is that knowledge is power. Those items you added to your checklist? Do some research ahead of the faire so that you know more about the items in question, and, most importantly, how much they’re worth. This way, you go into your negotiations armed with a price point for haggling.

As for the actual haggling portion of the antique fair experience, the most important thing you’ll have to do is build up the courage to ask. In most cases, dealers expect you to haggle with the price, and they’ve got some wiggle room in terms of what they can part with a particular object for and still make a profit. So, it’s always in your best interests to see how low they’re willing to go to get yourself the best deal possible.

While you shouldn’t feel guilty about negotiation, you should also remember to be fair. You still have to offer up a reasonable amount of value to expect a seller to part with their antiques. You also want to take care not to come across as cheap or overenthusiastic. Being out for a good deal is one thing, but most vendors can smell a cheapskate from a mile away, and might be disinclined to deal with you if you appear as such. As for enthusiasm, if a vendor can tell they have something you really want, they might be more inclined to inflate their prices to squeeze a few extra dollars from you. It’s a balancing act, for sure, but with some practice, you’ll get the hang of it and get in the groove of conquering the art of antique faire negotiating!

More to Experience at the San Francisco Apartments for Rent

The fun doesn’t stop with the antique faire when you call places like Vintage home. Here, just moments away from the wonders of downtown Pleasanton, you’ve got a whole wide world of possibilities to explore, and great events like the Antiques & Collectibles Faire are just one of many options that dot the calendar. Be prepared for fun, excitement, and a stately level of leisure in these fabulous apartments. Drop us a line today to learn how you can make one of these amazing residences yours!