Antique Collecting: Things You Need To Know
Some antiques have historical value in them, being used by some personality or important person from history. Others appear to be ordinary objects but because they are rare today, these antiques are collected and have high appraised value. Still, other items signify an historical event, an end of an era perhaps or something much simpler.
Regardless, people who collect antiques show a particular pride in them and will often part with their collection only if it is a necessity or the price is right.
If you think of jewelry as the standard antique items, expand your horizon a bit more. From gems to an elaborately designed book case, from automobiles and pieces of clothing, these are all possible antiques.
Others include carpets, quilts, old clocks, furniture, coins, first edition books or old rare books, wood panels, glasses, and even jars and other decorative items.
Although antiques do bring with them a status symbol that you can fully enjoy, this should not be a reason to buy every antique you come upon. First rule of an antique collector is to get only the things you like. You will have a greater appreciation of your trade (assuming you're in it for the trade) or your collection if what you're doing is something you love. Also consider that antiques are like art, and should be enjoyed.
Don't be too impulsive when buying antique items. If you don't like the way an item looks, don't be forced to buy it — especially if you have no intention of reselling.
If you're going to use antique items as home decorations or accent to your home, be sure to place them where people can appreciate the individual beauty of each one. You own a home and not a museum.
With proper care, antiques can last a lifetime. Each kind of antique has its own way of being preserved or maintained. Be aware of this and do some research on how to take care of your antiques.
Pottery, porcelain and textile antiques are generally delicate items and should be handled very carefully. Storage can also be an issue. Textiles for example need to be stored away from humidity and possibility of insect attacks.
There are a lot more things that you need to know about antiques and part of the job of a collector or a trader is to study your trade.