Summer Activities: Antiques & Collectibles Hunting

by lakeerieartists

Summer is a great time to put on your Indiana Jones hat and go on a hunt for some cool antiques, vintage, and collectibles in your nearby vintage and antique shops and garage sales

For Collectors, Summer is a Great Time to Search for Antique Collectibles

Vintage Aynsley Tea Cup and SaucerBecause the weather is so much better in the summer, it is a good season to go antique and vintage hunting. 

Bargains can be found at garage and estate sales, and if you are an avid shopper, you can often also find some great antiques and collectibles at flea markets, and other summer festivals.

Beyond all that, it is just a lot more fun to shop in the air conditioned antique shops in small towns in vacation spots during the summer in your regional area or anywhere you go on vacation.

Vintage Antique Shopping Guides

The Illustrated Dictionary of Antiques and Collectibles
$24.33  $2.67
Miller's Antique Marks
Mitchell Beazley
$10.99  $3.18
The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping: How to Buy, Fix, an...
Quirk Books
$24.01  $24.0

How to Find Collectibles

The Vintage Shop
Orion Books
$16.63  $9.56
Vintage Shops London: Featuring more than 50 vintage shop...
Pimpernel Press
$16.42  $14.05
Lola's Vintage Shop (Lola Series Book 2)
Only $0.99

You Don't Need to Have a Large Budget to Buy Antiques

Although large pieces of antique furniture can be expensive, small pieces like cutlery, tea cups and saucers, or glassware is often affordable for just about anyone.  When collecting smaller antiques, you can often buy just a single set of glasses, or one tea cup and saucer set at a time, making the hunting and collecting a long term or lifetime passion.

Even more fun is going to the vintage shops with a group of friends, grab some lunch, and stroll around quaint neighborhoods and small towns for some fascinating finds, and just plain fun.

Combining Antique and Vintage Shopping with Exercise

Many antique shops are found in delightful towns that are fun to browse and walk.  You can plan an overnight or weekend trip as an exercise and antique hunting shopping trip with a group of friends or your family.

Spend your mornings walking and hiking in area parks or just in the town itself, spotting all of great places to shop.  After lunch in a local restaurant, you can go and search for your collectibles in the stores you spotted during the morning.

Create a Yearly Antique Hunting Trip

Taking this idea a bit further, if you have a group of friends that love to shop for antiques and vintage clothing or home decor, you can arrange a yearly summer trip to a different location each year for a summer get together, antique shopping, and exercise like walking or biking.  If you stay in a smaller town, your expenses will be less, and you can share the car rental expenses so that you can go a bit farther afield for restaurants and evening activities.

Another idea is to start an antique hunting club or group that meets monthly and shares finds or goes to new vintage shops together.  Many people like to shop for vintage items together in order to turn each trip to a day or night out.  You may also find that you can share or trade your finds when something better turns up.  Do your research online or call shops ahead of time to make sure they have the types of antique and vintage collectibles that you are looking for.

More Summer Activities

If you are looking for something to do this summer in the Cleveland, Ohio area, take a trip to Squire's Castle for a picnic, walk, or hike through the nearby forest.
Looking for something to do this summer? Why not take a jewelry class and learn a new craft or art skill that you can use to make gifts for yourself and friends.
Community gardens are fast becoming a great way to meet neighbors, educate urban residents about growing fresh vegetables, and get sedentary elderly to exercise and go outside.
Updated: 07/19/2015, lakeerieartists
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fanfreluche on 09/24/2011

I love going to yard sale and antique show. I find something of interest almost everytime, and often it's a deal.

MugTreasuresByBrenda on 07/08/2011

Love some of those books; anything to do with Paris captures my attention. Tomorrow is yard sale day, which is definitely a summer activity I frequently participate in.

mandeesears on 07/07/2011

This is one of my favorite pastimes! Excellent ideas for an antique, vintage and collectible nut!

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