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Must-Know Tips When Shopping for Antiques

May 27, 2015 9:01 am

Want to start antiquing but not sure how or where to begin? Learn what to look for, how to maximize your budget, and more with these helpful tips.

  1. Know the lingo. Did you know that by law, an item must be more than 100 years old in order to be called an antique? If a store labels an item “vintage,” “collectible,” or “antique reproduction,” it’s not a true antique.
  2. Get a price guide. If you’re shopping for very specific items, consult a price guide before setting out to the store to ensure that you don’t overpay for your antique treasure. These even take specific variables into consideration, such as the part of the country and the condition of the piece.
  3. Ask questions. If you’re still not sure about an item, ask the store owner about how he or she determined its authenticity, if the store carries reproductions, and how long they have been an antique dealer.
  4. Make sure it works in your home. Even if you find a real gem for a great price, it’s not worth much to you if it doesn’t work in your home. Be smart about the size of the antique and how much use you’ll get from it.

Shopping for Antiques [Federal Trade Commission]
A Beginner's Mini Guide to Buying Antiques [Houzz]
Secrets for Finding Bargain Antiques [About Home]

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 25, 2015 9:07 am

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day as we remember the many heroes who have served our country.

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Lazy Ox Canteen: Treat Yourself to Innovative New American Cuisine

May 20, 2015 9:01 am

The Lazy Ox Canteen serves New American fare with a global twist. Relying on produce and meats from local purveyors, the eatery adheres to a philosophy of "quality eating"; that is, approaching food preparation and meal time as something worth celebrating.

Regulars recommend the pig ear chicharrones, the caramelized cauliflower, the porcini risotto, and the seven-ounce Lazy Ox burger. For dessert, try the butterscotch budino or the rice pudding, both of which are popular. Pair your meal with one of the eatery's housemade "canteen wines," or opt for a draft beer or some sake. (Come during happy hour for the best deals.)

The Lazy Ox Canteen is open seven days a week. Don't miss the restaurant's popular weekend brunch!

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-5299

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