|Written by Bill Hanks|
Ā Treasure or Trash? Many individuals love to do antiquing as a hobby or profession. Some do it for the appreciation of old items. Others, do it strictly to make money. They have no emotional ties to any item. It is buy, sell and make a profit in the process. Then there are others, that just like to look. The cost, of items, is too steep for them. Some individuals are expert enough to be considered as appraisers. However, all of these individuals need to follow guidelines, in the world of antiques.
1. Shop at reputable places. There are places that will work a scam on you, if they get the chance. Some people believe, that there are stores that have items, that the owners don't know what they really have. Places like these are small and few.
2. Collect only what you like to display and own. There are some individuals, that will buy items, just to be buying them. Their homes, basements and garages become cluttered with too much.
3. Examine every item closely. Look for cracks, breaks, chips and general damage. If someone tells you that it adds to the value, do not believe them. Antiques, that are in the best condition, are always worth more. Always take the time to look closely at each item your purchase. Besides looking, use your sense of feel as well.
4. Ask a staff person to evaluate your item. However, don't mention that you are looking to sell. Just try to get a fair evaluation of your item. Some individuals will charge a fee for their expertise in doing this for you. You have to decide, if it is worth your money. Good appraisers are well worth the money you pay.
5. Take care of your purchases and antique items. Fine furniture should be kept dry and soiled items off it. Some individuals won't even use regular cleaning chemicals, because it could cause damage.
6. Always double check items like fine furniture, Roseville pottery, Americana pieces, Indian artifacts and fine quilts. Even worn items of this nature could have great value.
7. Try to stay in one field. For example, if dishes is your favorite, stay with it. Some items may cross over from one field to another. However, it is very easy for an individual to get into an unfamiliar area.
8. Storage and Display. Finally, always take the proper care of your items. Someday, they could be owned by another individual or family. When you display an item, try to keep it out of direct sunlight and as dry as possible.
Antiques can be a great hobby and a great way to make an income. However, you need to know what you are doing.