As antique lovers and collectors we know all too well about trends. One year something can be hot and the next year it's out the door. However we also know that there is a circle of life for items. The Circle of a Trend You will notice that about every 5 years or so a trend loops back around and becomes popular again. This can be seen best in the fashion industry. However it happens with just about anything. So lets see what is back in style for Antiques in 2013 … [Read more...]
Collecting from a Non-Collectors Point of View
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 Type of Insurance Should I Have for My Antiques and Collectibles?
Most of us spend countless hours looking for those special pieces for our collections. However we tend to forget one of the most important parts of a collection. That is insuring our collections and choosing coverage that fits our needs. There are many options out there for insuring your antiques and collectibles. However getting the right amount of coverage or knowing where to start can be a very confusing and frustrating task. In this article I have answered some of the common questions … [Read more...]
How to Identify Your Hummel Figurine
In this article you will find 2 list to help you identify your Hummel figurines. Identify Your Hummel By Number Identify Your Hummel By Name The one of the most common question I am asked is: How can I identify what Hummel I have so I can find the value of my Hummel? There are a few ways to identify which Hummel figurine you have. … [Read more...]
10 Antique and Collectible Christmas Presents for Anyone
Don't know what to get that special person? One thing you can never go wrong with is an antique or collectible. This is a great way to start a tradition or carry one on this holiday season. Here are some great gift ideas for the Holiday season. … [Read more...]
Antiques and Collectibles Auction House Reviews
After many requests about auction houses and which ones are the best in the United States, I have decided to do a series of articles reviewing auction houses. I will review many auction houses across the United States focusing on the following points. … [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...]
How to Understand the Hummel Numbering System.
Hummel figurines can have a variety of numbers on the bottom. Each number refers to specific information about that figurine. In this article I will explain what each number is used for and what information this number refers to. The HUM number is one of the most important numbers on your figurine, this is the model number and it identifies what the Hummel is. This number is called the HUM number. … [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...]
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