GROWING AN INTEREST IN ANTIQUES
Often, an interest in antiques is something that quietly creeps up on you. But buying antiques requires some know-how if you’re not going to waste your money.
Often, an interest in antiques is something that quietly creeps up on you. Few people wake up one morning and think, I know, I’ll start collecting Faberge eggs.
The interest in a particular field of antiques is one that should grow along with your knowledge. Buying antiques does require certain know-how if you’re not going to waste your money.
An antique can be any collectable item that is approximately 100 years old or more and has an aesthetic value. The value and collectability of certain items fluctuate along with current tastes. For example, initially, the rise in popularity of computers led to a marked devaluation of traditional writing desks. But then the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of remote working resulted in increased interest in quality desks. However, most collectables enjoy a steady market value.
What you first need to consider when looking to add to your collection is the piece’s history and originality. You will find many rare antiques come at a high price. The most common mistake is being fooled by what appear to be great buys when they are in fact replicas. Occasionally, you will also find that some antique dealers will put up retouched items for sale.
With any antique, they really do look their best and hold the highest value when they haven’t been refurbished. The age and originality of the antique are what makes them so valuable. A little wear-and-tear is to be expected with something that’s over a century old. The only possible exceptions are items like chairs, where they may be dangerous in their original state, but even then, those that have been professionally refurbished are never going to hold their value as well.
Certainly, if you’re a beginner in the world of antiques and you haven’t carried out research correctly, you may have difficulties in telling the difference between a reproduction and an original antique. All antique pieces should show some wear-and-tear and such small details are something that you should look out for when considering a purchase. If you find the item looks flawless then it is more likely not to be a genuine antique.
The best thing to do before you purchase any antique item is to carry out some research. The internet has become an invaluable resource for amateur antique collectors. It will provide you with information relating to the price of antiques around the world as well as providing a good history of the item.
Although the internet is a good source for information relating to antiques, you should purchase antiques online with great caution. It’s not possible for you to have a close inspection of the item being sold and irrefutable sellers will be keen to hide any defects. The rule is unless the item is being sold through a reputable dealer, buy elsewhere.
One of the best places you should go to when deciding to purchase an antique is an auction being held by a reputable auction house. These will ensure that the item you are likely to purchase is genuine and should also come with a certificate of authenticity or originality. Keen collectors visit antique auctions regularly in the search for coveted items. The most important thing for beginners is to do their research first and find out what the current market value of an item is before getting carried away on a bid. Good auction houses will issue guides prior to the day of the auction to give you a head start.
You may also find that car boot sales are a good place to find antiques, if you know what to look for. You may even be lucky to find a rare item at a very good price, although regular boot sellers probably have more knowledge about antiques than you would hope. Treasures are more often found amongst everyday house sales when the boot seller doesn’t quite know what they are selling.
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