Antiques are some of the most desirable objects in the world. They are highly collectible because of their age and aesthetic beauty. The deep connection antiques have with certain historical epoch and perceived financial as well as emotional value make them immensely sought-after.
For the most part, the rarer the antiques are the higher their worth, assuming the overall state of their condition is good of course. Such objects, when acquired, are best delivered by some form of fine art transport. After all, the investment needs to be treated with dutiful care. Buying antiques is not, as might be perceived, an easy endeavor, especially if you're looking into taking it seriously. This can be a lifelong pursuit that enriches your life in many ways, one which can take you all over the world and introduce you to fascinating individuals and spaces.
This guide serves as a useful tool for novices, mid-career pros and stalwart veterans who are interested in either beginning, adding or complementing their collection.
• When buying antiques, present yourself as being knowledgeable, if you come across as naive in anyway, the sellers will take advantage of you. For example, sticking to the asking price will most likely give you away.
• As such, do not put up a facade but do your research. It will help you understand about the industry in general, save you some money, and land you the prize, which is bringing home a very desirable object.
• One crucial question to consistently ask about the object is: "Has the antique undergone any restoration?" The sellers won’t necessary tell you the truth or have to answer you honestly, but it is necessary to ask, because what you think is a remarkable purchase could be anything but.
Bargain and Price the Antiques Again
• Never settle on the price you see or the price that is asked. Although it isn't some arbitrary value, there is a lot of leeway built into this. The seller knows, expects even, for the price to be contested. Now, once again, information is vital here. Antiques come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from different periods of history and are either in mint condition or flawed in some way. Price can therefore fluctuate wildly.
• The first port of call is to set a budget for yourself. Know how much money you have to work with. In restricting and setting goals for the objects, you can have confidence and fun instead of being cheated out of large sums of money for acquiring unworthy pieces of antiques.
• A good, straight question to ask is: "What's your best price?" Sellers like this because it suggests confidence, and, as mentioned above, shows that you've savvy. Whatever they respond with, calculate it with ten per cent in mind.
• In other words, the "best price" should result in at least a ten per cent reduction. If not, well, the table is still open to haggle.
One thing is certain in the antique business – there is no shortage of places to buy them.
• Let's start with the classic dealers' shops, which are dotted throughout the world. Though much rarer than they once were, in any given city or town and nestled somewhere there will be a place where people gauge the value of an antique they own or browse. Perhaps even just looking for something to decorate a home with. The great thing about these places is that you're going to be offered a level of expertise, through which they will impart some useful tidbits of information that can be used at a later date.
• Car boot and jumble sales are perfect places to chance upon a real find, as the likelihood is that people are not fully aware of what they are putting up for sale at remarkably low prices.
• Estate sales in upper class neighborhoods on an average dig around might be a good source for an assortment of antiques. The hunt and purchase might only set you back a few pounds | dollars, especially if you're good at haggling.
Here are Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions #129
1) Have you had or know anyone who collects antiques?
2) What would you collect or tip us about Antique Collecting?
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