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Down by the Tracks Antiques Ottawa IL.

Antiques and vintage furnishings in Ottawa IL.

Thank you for visiting our store, take a walk back in time, with 3000 square feet of beautiful light

Vintage Painted Furniture and Decor

When you are searching for painted furniture in Ottawa, IL. make us your first stop.

A fine of wood with a beautiful scroll, worn from age and use.

Collectables and Treasures

We provide a ever changing array of collectables and home treasures to choose from.

“One mans junk is another mans treasure.” or so that’s how the

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Down by the Tracks Antiques Ottawa IL.

Antiques and vintage furnishings in Ottawa IL.

Thank you for visiting our store, take a walk back in time, with 3000 square feet of beautiful lighted atmosphere and a warm welcome. we offer a variety of antiques, vintage, collectables,furniture, primitive, outdoor decor, vinyl albums, glassware, re-purposed items, beautiful painted pieces, cool stuff and so much more for all your decorated needs or that one of a kind gift. We do not have vendors or consignment in our store to offer you the best deals around.

Delivery options are available and we are always adding items, so check back for something you cant live without.

Looking for someone to buy your stuff? We buy estates, antiques and more.

Painted pieces , new life, a second chance. A fine piece of wood with a beautiful scroll and worn can be given new life with some TLC and paint to fit in a room. Others, just get a walk on by without even a look, but what a neat piece just the wrong color, change the color and WOW! Different colors and different techniques.

We take pride when painting.our pieces and it is a process, but the outcome is amazing. From lamp tables, hutches, chairs, side tables, frames,hall tables, and so much more, we do it here!

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Collectables and Treasures

We provide a ever changing array of collectables and home treasures to choose from. “One mans junk is another mans treasure.” or so that’s how the saying goes. […]

ottawa-antique-store

Down by the Tracks Antiques Ottawa IL.

Antiques and vintage furnishings in Ottawa IL. Thank you for visiting our store, take a walk back in time, with 3000 square feet of beautiful lighted atmosphere and […]

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Vintage Painted Furniture and Decor

When you are searching for painted furniture in Ottawa, IL. make us your first stop. A fine of wood with a beautiful scroll, worn from age and use. […]

What to look for when buying Antiques

Antiques are a great way to adorn your rooms. But there are several things to consider before you buy that rare antique item that you have been looking for so long.

Antiques can be any collectible item that has aesthetic value and is approximately 100 years old or even more. Grand clocks, pianos, jewelry items, vintage fashion, silverware, ivory or Faberge eggs are just some examples of desirable antiques. People have their own particular preference for different antique pieces, such as antique clock or antique Chinese porcelain etc.

The first thing to consider is the originality and history of the antique you intend to buy. As rare antiques come at higher prices, you would not want to be fooled by fake replicas. Many antique sellers often put up retouched items for sale. But antiques look best when they are not refurbished though you should not buy items with defects. It is the originality that makes an antique item precious.

Before buying you must do proper research on the antique item. The internet is the best place to do research on antique items as it can provide valuable information regarding global antique prices and the history of antique items. You should also be careful about antique reproductions. If you are new and have not done proper research, it will be difficult to tell the difference between a reproduction from the original. Antique pieces should show some wear and tear and these small details are something to look out for. If the item looks flawless than it probably is not an authentic antique.

Buying from a reputable auction house or an antique store will ensure that the antique collectible is genuine.

Proper care and maintenance should be taken to preserve antique items for ages. When buying an item, gather information about proper antique storage and antique preservation methods. Items should be kept in moderately humid and cool places. Direct sunlight should be avoided. The antiques should be handled carefully. Excessive cleaning sometimes ruins the originality of the antique.

 

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