Why Antique collecting

October 4, 2015 by  
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Antique Collecting
You don’t need to wonder why antique collecting is so popular.

Like most collections there is no one-single reason for their growth in popularity. People collect antiques for many different reasons. So it’s natural to hear different views.

So just why is antique collecting is getting so much love lately?

1. Some people collect antiques because they hold sentimental value.

Here’s are some comments, for example, “I own a ceramic parrot and a cupboard given as gifts from my grandparents. As well as a very old doll given to me by my great aunt”.

2. My in-laws had previously owned an antique business which they set up for sales and auctions.
Their basement was always filled with a treasure trove of fascinating and interesting items. They could tell you the market-price of any item in the basement. They loved restoring the old pieces. Not so much for profit but simply because they gained satisfaction from doing so.

3.My relatives enjoy antique collecting. Especially board games and old books.

One of their favorite collections are old Tiddly Winks games. They have now collected different editions from all over the world.

4. Antique lovers enjoy the chase more than anything. They enjoy searching through second hand stores and antique shops. Sometimes those searches take them country-wide in search of that next unusual item.

5. Some people look for antiques as a fun activity, seldom buying anything.
They simply enjoy looking at what different areas of the country have the offer. It can be entertaining searching through antique stores.

6. Sometimes people want to furnish their home utilizing antiques.
Antiques of different time periods will often work well together to create a beautiful home.

7. There are others who deal the in buying and selling of antiques. They know the value of pretty much everything. Their collection strategy would be to buy low and sell high. These folks may have a fondness for antiques but are focused mainly on the profits.

8. Socializing and bonding with others is also important.For a lot of people, especially antique hunters, you could quote the adage, “no man is an island.” We have a strong need to associate with others that share our interests.

Antique hunting and collecting is no different. Like most collectors we enjoy sharing our stories of success. And the stories of successful antique collecting makes a success of us.

“Antique collecting can lead to new interests. This can often become niche collecting.”

9. It can make us into pseudo-experts.Collecting can bring us a new sense of confidence and importance. It may bring us a renewed identity through our new-found expertise.

10. It can also take us deeper into specific niches. Through new discoveries we encounter we may discover a sense of fascination and wonder that will open our lives up even further.

So, when people ask why antique collecting has become so popular just tell them to look around. Antiques bridge generations and historical events. It bonds people of different ages. Collecting antiques can be a wonderfully enriching experience with many reasonable entry levels for different areas.

Best of luck and collect well.

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What You need to know about Antiques

October 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Spotlight, Treasure

What you need to know about antiques
We’re bombarded with television programs pitching what you need to know about antiques.
Whether it’s a show about a pawn shop dealing in unusual antiques or an appraisal show for those with antiques at home. The antique world is giving some love to those who love their antiques.

Does it give you a buzz when you see a mint condition toy that could be possibly decades-old? Maybe you feel that owning something like that will give you back something nostalgic.

Are you just  a little amazed knowing that the first person to quite possibly ever hold this tin toy or utensil is long gone? And because you are now enjoying the same item you have forged a link across time.

I can relate.
And even though I still sell some of my antiques from time to time I hold on to many others. It’s no secret that most antique lovers will have to sell-off a few things here and there. We all need to find new space and turning over individual pieces occasionally accomplishes that.

But every once in a while something reaches you just a little deeper. It may feel almost mystical. Whatever it is you know it’s its something you feel a stronger connection to. You know it’s something you want to hold on to.

A very popular niche in antiques is old toys.
Specifically the toys first produced when mass production was just being realized. Another popular niche is the hand crafted toys that date back even further. When shopping for antique toys it can be helpful to have a price guide in hand.

Many unscrupulous sellers are hoping to gain profit due to a buyer’s lack of knowledge.
Watching programs, such as Antiques Roadshow, can help educate you as a buyer. For a few dollars you can purchase an antique toy pricing guide.

Ever wondered what you need to know about antiques?

This may help you develop a firm understanding of how to find a bargain.
If you happen to have kept a number of your childhood toys and are now ready to sell them, there can be a great deal of money to be made. It won’t take long to find a toy collector.

Do your research on selling antiques and their respective prices. You could be pleasantly surprised regarding their current values.

An example of a popular antique toy would be the once-common wooden rocking horse. Wooden rocking horses are widely available at online antique stores and often cost well over $1,000 if they are in good condition. Some wear is expected but as long as it’s complete this is a consistent market value.

Surprisingly antique toys sought after by collectors typically include marbles.
While marbles may not be on your collectables list they regularly sell for notable amounts. Just have a quick visit onto EBAY to find auctions in the hundreds of dollars for single marbles.

“I have to be honest, the marble prices were a surprise to me. At least until I studied up on why they were so collectible. I’ll cover marbles in a future article. They are a fascinating item”.

If antiques is your passion and you want to learn more the internet is a great resource for information. What you need to know about antiques can be acquired more readily now with the internet.

“But what you need to know about antiques goes even further.”

The antiques market has been growing at a phenomenal rate since the internet started to catch on. People are quite comfortable presenting and trading antiques, whether on Ebay or other auction sites. There is always room for more people and more items in this market.

Best of luck and collect well.


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