How to Become an Online Auction Whiz

Freda A. Nix

For some design enthusiasts, padding their home in the same prints and ceramics speckled across Instagram interiors just won’t do. Enter the online auction, a veritable treasure trove of unique objects d’art, furniture, and decor that, if approached with some tact, can yield big design buys at less-than-retail prices.

“At auction you can often find better quality pieces for significantly lower prices to traditional retail stores,” says Robert Khederian, a real estate broker with Compass, who is also an auction aficionado.

The act of bidding on an item sight unseen may sound intimidating, but with these helpful tips in mind, you too can be scoring big in no time.

Know what to look for and where

Auction aggregator websites like Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, and Bidsquare make it easy to peruse lots for sale from auction houses across the country. They also tell you where those houses

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Best Places to Buy Vintage Furniture Online

Freda A. Nix

If you love antiques but don’t know how or where to shop for them, you might be under the impression that you’ll just have to live without your dream vintage furniture. But the reality is, there are actually tons of places you can shop for vintage pieces and antiques online. In fact, according to Margaret Schwartz, owner of Modern Antiquarian, online business is booming. “We don’t really see hesitation from buyers when it comes to a price point threshold or a certain kind of product anymore,” she tells House Beautiful.

“Understand your level of expertise, and determine what you’re comfortable spending on a purchase,” Schwartz advises. “If you’re just dipping your toes in the water, I highly recommend starting low-risk with accessories, textiles, or lighting. You can often get good deals, and these items should have detailed photos and descriptions with easy to understand measurements.”

Along with those

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