I'm an antique hunter and these are the secrets tricks I use to discover if your 'tat' is worth pennies… or thousands

I'm an antique hunter and these are the secrets tricks I use to discover if your 'tat' is worth pennies… or thousands

BEING able to spot the treasures among the tat is a skill required for any successful amateur antique hunters.

Now TikTok user Grace has revealed one of the tricks she uses to find her top picks.


In a video shot inside an antiques shop, Grace – who hails from Vermont and has made a business out of transforming old furniture – focused on an old wooden chest.

"When I saw this little chest, I was not impressed," she began. "She’s pretty cruddy.

"She has water marks and this honestly might be mould. The inside does not get much better."

But it was when Grace opened the drawer that she noticed something that took her breath away.

"When I opened this piece, I saw that this drawer had pin and cove drawer joinery, also known as nap joints," she said, excitedly.

"Typically you’ll see dovetail drawer joinery like this, or on s**tty pieces like this you’ll just see the drawers joined with nails."

Grace added that the reason pin and cove joinery is so special is that it was only used to make furniture from 1870 to 1900.

"So when you see pin and cove, you’ve found a rare antique piece and for $35 I picked her up!" she concluded, promising that she'll showcase the transformation on her TikTok page in the coming weeks.

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