Antique stores are a fantastic resource for finding quality antiques and vintage items. Most of the items sold in antique stores have been carefully sourced by the antique dealer, who has had to separate the wheat from the chaff while searching through flea markets or estate sales. The price tag of objects sold in antique stores thus reflects the hard work of the antique dealer and is often much higher than the price of similar objects found in flea markets. But this is the cost of saving yourself a long and sometimes fruitless search and the luxury of finding the right object right away! While local flea markets are mostly occasional events, antique shops are usually open every day of the week and some weekends as well. Finally, it is always possible to ask for recommendations from an antique dealer in your search for specific objects, which is more difficult to obtain at a flea market.