Perhaps, it’s the hint at prestige which chipping paint seems to mean given that anything old—money or a half-moon table—is in some way better than the same thing, new. Or perhaps it’s mystery, of past as well as and lives gone by, or that layers can be so rich that they’re just as much watercolours as rot and rust.

However, don’t lose sleep over the reason. Antiques have always been in, vintage is very in, and even if the term alters, we are able to count on the fact that old stuff will forever have value. Shopping for it, conversely, can be oddly uninviting: What business do I have being in this shop and what really should I be buying?

Collecting antiques doesn’t need to feel intimidating. In addition, it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re a beginner antique collector, considering a new hobby, or just want to add a tad bit of history to your home with the perfect antique collection, these hints and tips can help you get started.

Don’t Be Intimidated

The first step towards obtaining a treasure is to go searching for it. You do have business rummaging through old furniture, no matter how deep-rooted — or puddle-like — your knowledge of Louis XVI chairs. Gravitate towards styles which you like, and inquire about them, with confidence.

Begin by Collecting Antiques Which You Love

From coins to clocks to comic books and everything in between, there are hundreds of thousands of different types of antiques to collect. The key to selecting the correct collectible for you is knowing what you love.

You may want to have a collection of antique silver if you like entertaining for holidays. Alternatively, you may simply want to fill your home with a number of different pieces of antique furniture. Before you start researching items or perusing the wares in an antique shop, take some time think explore what you might enjoy.

Begin Where There’s Sort Of A Lot

Seek out your local flea market. Having the ability to browse a greater selection of vendors will give you the opportunity to “start doing comparisons”. See one hoard of mid-century ceramics? Note down the prices and the look of them. This is so that when you see another pile at another stall, run the numbers against each other. These trips to the flea market are as much about educating yourself as they are for shopping. Once you build a knowledge base that’s when it becomes fun.

When you’re ready to start collecting antiques, it’s a good idea to align yourself with people who share that same interest.

Ask, Ask, Ask

This point goes back to not feeling embarrassed. So many of the true antiques dealers are so passionate about what they do that they want to tell you everything that they know and then some.  Knowledge about a certain style, or genre of collectible, or about how to fix up an old thing—that knowledge has been passed through generations.