Your Guide to Antiques: From Shopping to Storing

Antique vases, pitchers, and glasses

Are you ready to go treasure hunting at one of the country's largest indoor antique shows? The four-day celebration of everything vintage starts February 9 at the Miami Fair Expo Center. The Original Miami Beach Antique Show has enthusiastic antiquarians making extra room in their storage units in Miami, FL for collecting fun and adventure. Here are a few favorites you'll find at the show, along with shopping and storing tips for the best buys.

Jewelry in Dazzling Varieties

From art deco bracelets and moonstone rings to the finest names in bling, the Miami show has it all. Prices on Van Cleef and Arpels, Chanel, and even Bulgari are often a real steal.

Shopping Tip: Online research before the show can help you recognize maker's marks that predate the 1950s.

Fine Art for Every Taste

Are you after an affordable Picasso print? Do you favor antique paintings dating between 1800 and 1915? Well-known and famously obscure artists are all available for installation in your exclusive home gallery.

Shopping Tip: Worn back boards and frame stretchers are good indicators of older artwork.

Glassware from Every Era

Beautiful show-stoppers like Tiffany, Lalilque, and Luneville share display space with Depression glass and cameo wall art. Look for the shine of Victorian vases, English drinking glasses, and American perfume vials.

Shopping Tip: Keep a small magnifying glass handy for checking tiny maker's marks on vintage glassware.

Furniture in All Sizes

If you're in the market for furniture, add a Queen Anne table, Hepplewhite case clock, or Eames lounge chair to your collection. This show features 17th-19th century items, notably those from Federico Marino. Use self storage to stash your new purchases or make room in your home for them.

Shopping Tip: Period furniture often features dovetail construction and threaded-post secured hardware.

Take Care of Your Treasures

As you make plans for the best antique shopping experience in South Florida, plan on making room at home for your new treasures by moving a few things into self storage. Stash extra collectibles in your unit, or turn it into a clearing house for your own antique inventory.

Whether you collect for fun or profit, climate-controlled storage units are a must-have. Modern facilities offer real security features for your valuables, such as computer controlled access, unit door alarms, high-tech camera systems, and an on-site management staff. We're here to help you make room for everything, with multiple locations and top-notch storage units in Miami, FL. You can trust it all with us at Safeguard Self Storage.

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