Your search for antique basins should start with determination of what kind of basin you are looking for. The materials used to construct basins throughout the centuries have varied significantly, from wood to metal, as well as porcelain and even glass. Do a bit of research to find out which antique basins will work best for your purposes; some people use basins simply for decorative purposes, while others want a basin to create functional sink in kitchen or bathroom.
Base your choice on what condition of the antique basins is in and how well it will suit your purposes. It will also be helpful to determine the budget for purchasing antique basins. The cost of basin can vary significantly according to the materials used, the age of the piece, the condition of the basin, the origin of the antique basin, and a variety of other considerations. Antiques can be quite expensive, but doing a bit of research beforehand can help ensure you get fair price for the basin when you visit antiques dealer or auction.
Visual inspections of antique basins are important step in the purchase process, though this is not always possible, especially if the antique is being shipped from another country or from long distance. The presence of damage or wear should not necessarily discount the piece from purchase consideration, but you will need to consider any refurbishing costs or problems with the functionality of the piece before offering to pay for it.
Whenever possible, buy from reputable antiques dealer who has sufficient knowledge of antique basins. Try to get recommendations for good dealer through the internet, by word of mouth, or from antiques clubs or events held locally. Be sure the dealer offers fair price as well as return policy or warranty whenever applicable.