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Welcome to Antique Center Mall

Have you been searching for antique stores in Santa Barbara and coming up short on your expectations? Antique Center Mall is Santa Barbara’s premiere antiques and collectibles retailer specializing in appraisals and estate sales. Selling is a great option if you don’t have space for all your beautiful antiques and Santa Barbara is a great market for high-ticket...

How to Find Great Items at an Estate Sale in Santa Barbara

  Estate Sales are a guilty pleasure. They provide a great way to rummage through the past and see how people lived, what they collected, and what they loved. It’s a history lesson and a small glimpse of the past. Estate Sales provide a dual purpose. It cleans out a house that desperately needs to be emptied and provides goods for resellers, antique...

Preserving and Restoring Antique Furniture Coatings

Coatings accomplish several functions when used in conjunction with wooden objects. First, and probably foremost in terms of the fabricator’s intent, is that coatings alter the appearance of the surface. That is, coatings serve some aesthetic purpose. Second, coatings offer protection to the object’s surface (spills, abrasion, etc.) and structure...

How Much Are Your Old Antiques Worth?

There are a number of resources and online tools available today that can help you find out the value of almost any item. Here are some tips to help you proceed. Get an Appraisal While many people use local antique shops or collectable dealers to find out the value of old and/or unique items, it’s usually best to use a certified appraiser who’s...

5 Things You Should Look for at Estate Sales

You already know that estate sales are where vintage buyers go to find the “good stuff” — well-priced antiques straight from the homes that housed them. If you’re not necessarily into retro collectibles, you may have driven past sales without a second thought. But, estate sales can be a great place to find more everyday items for a...

How to Buy Antique Jewelry in Santa Barbara

Three Ways to Avoid Getting Burned Buying Antique Jewelry in the Santa Barbara Area The rewards of finding and buying antique jewelry in Santa Barbara are pretty obvious: you can find some real treasures at very low prices. The risks are often less well understood. Although this topic deserves a few hundred pages in a book, here are a few essential tips that...

10 Tips on Caring for Antique Furniture

Caring for antique furniture is a little different from caring for your regular, more recently made furniture. It has survived many years, and it has a history. That history is not just related to who made it, and when, but also encompasses such factors as who used it and where. The history of usage also affects the condition of a piece, and by now owning that...

How to Care for Antiques and Collectibles

As an antique appraisers we get asked many questions about caring for antiques and collectibles. The proper care is essential to maintain the value of your antiques and collectibles. Once your antiques and collectibles have any condition issues the value declines. In this article we have provided some tips on how to care for popular antiques and collectibles....

3 Useful Antique Store Finds

When you think of an antique store do you picture a store filled with dusty shelves of broken, old things that remind you that you are glad we have modern conveniences? Or do you picture a store full of useful treasures that are just waiting to be dug out? Many things produced many years ago were of much better quality that you have find today. Here are a few...