No matter where you live or how old you are, antiques are a great way to give character to any room, office space, etc. The following are just a few tips from experience:
Check for dents, scratches, loose legs/hinges, or chipped paint. Make sure you do not buy something that is going to break as soon as you get home. Keep in mind that Antiques obviously means it is used, so items will not be perfect, and hey a little age will give it character.
2. Look for bargains.
Don't buy antiques for ridiculous prices, you might be able to find a version of an item cheaper elsewhere. Keep in mind that sometimes the price might be negotiable. Try asking for a price that is cheaper and see where it goes. If there is no price on the item, offer one. Sometimes they might take your price.
3. Look for "Diamonds in the Ruff"
Look for unusual pieces that would be interesting for the space you are decorating. Maybe upholster, paint, etc. Antiques can be a great conversation piece to have in any room