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Not my favorite place.

First of all, the place is huge. This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, because for me anyway, the whole antique-ing process is kind of like meditative therapy. Forget aroma candles and yoga, just give me aisles and aisles of small collectibles and my mind will be cleared of all else. And Forestwood provides aisles and ailes of distractions….

My problem with Forestwood Antique Mall is that it really is not my steaze.

For one thing, there is a lot of “Americana”…quilts and butter churns, stuff like that.

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Also, you see a lot of that “shabby chic” stuff. Just don’t get me started on “shabby chic”.

There are a few vendors in the mall that will offer random items that will catch my eye…like my 19th century oil painting of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite….or this totally cool game table that I am now coveting:

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So the place is occasionally worth a visit on a sleepy Sunday afternoon (yes, they’re open on Sundays).

Another reason to drop by a big mall like this is the education that you can receive. I think that the ability to spot the difference between something that is unique and what may be considered more of a collectible is critical to this sport of antique-ing. First off, it allows you to recognize exclusivity (something that is rare vs something that is more plentiful) as well as the ability to not over-pay.

Many antiques are collectibles….meaning, there’s a lot of them to collect. If you are going to build a collection (or even just purchase a one-off), you want to have an idea of how much the items should cost, right? At a large mall like Forestwood, you can usually find similar items being sold by different vendors – at a lot of different price points.

For example, take barley twist candlesticks. Again, not my steaze, but a lot of people must like them (I assume, because they are everywhere). During this particular visit to Forestwood, I found several examples at a range of price points.

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Now, some may argue that some barley twist candlestick holders are more valued than others. Some may say that it’s impossible to compare one set of barley twist candlestick holders to another.

To these people I say BWAHAHAHA.

They are candlestick holders. They are not going to be passed down to your children, because very likely, your children will not want them: THEY ARE BARLEY TWIST CANDLESTICK HOLDERS.

In other words, if you want them, go for the most reasonable price (or negotiate for a better price with the knowledge that you can buy them elsewhere for less). The Forestwood situation, with it’s assembly of vendors creates a very competitive environment which can be exploited to your advantage.

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