Have you ever told someone about your collection and they seemed to not get why you did it? I thought it would be very interesting to see collecting from the point of view of a non-collector. I also think this gives a lot of insight into why collecting and antiquing has greatly declined with generation X. Many of the collecting clubs and associations I belong to discuss the decline of new collectors and how to spark interest back into this past time at almost every meeting. Collecting from … [Read more...]
What You Need to Know About Auction Reserves
I deal with a lot of auction houses for both buying and selling antiques and collectibles. I get asked a lot of questions about reserves. In this article I will answer many of these questions. Auction Reserve Q & A Should I put a reserve on my items? This really depends on what you are selling. Common Antiques and Collectibles: When selling common items it is not recommended to place a reserve on these items. Reserves can make it so buyers lose interest in an item (especially … [Read more...]
Things you Need to Know When Buying and Selling Vinyl Records/Phonographs
When buying or selling vinyl recodes there are some things you need to know. In this article I will cover some of the more important things you need to know when dealing with vinyl records. Let's get started with knowing what type of records you have. There are many different sizes of records that have been sold since the invention of the phonograph player here are some of the more common ones. … [Read more...]
Where to Sell Your Antiques and Collectibles?
I get asked this question all the time. There are many options when it comes to selling your antiques and collectibles. Choosing an option all comes down to your personal circumstances. In this article I have covered the most common ways to sell your antiques and collectibles. You can use this information as a guide to help you when making the choice of where to sell your items. Private Sale: Private sale is when you negotiate a sell between you and other parties. This can be done by … [Read more...]
Top 10 Antique Buying Tips
When buying antiques you want to be confident and knowledgeable. In this article i have covered 10 things you can do to help protect yourself and to find a few good bargains at the same time when buying Antiques or Collectibles. 1. Always Negotiate the price Many dealers will have a code marked somewhere on the antique that you are interested in. This marking tells them exactly how low they can go on the price. For example X20 or X45 could mean the amount they will discount the price. or this … [Read more...]
What’s Hot in the Antique Market?
I have put together a list of the most popular antiques in regards to what sells good, what retains their value well etc from the broader antique market. This article covers a small sampling of the myriad of antiques you can find on the market but should be enough to give you a very good idea of whats going on in the antique market. Antique Silver Antique silver has always been one of the hottest sellers on the antique market retaining it's value over the years. Silver has seen a recent boom … [Read more...]
eBay – The Death of the Common Antique Market
For years now when my Mechanical music friends, mentors, collogues, and myself get together for meetings and other events there is a subject that always comes up. That is the effect eBay is having on them and the antique world. This conversation on antiques always starts out the same way. They start talking about how good the prices for antiques were in the early 1990's. From about 1989 to early 1997 antique prices where the best ever seen. Then the year 1997 came along. This is when the antique … [Read more...]