Some Things to Know About Antiques
A professional who sells antiques is called an antique dealer, and has his or her own permanent shop or you can find them also at fairs.
Antiques can be bought from a dealer or from an auction. They say it is better to buy from a dealer than during an auction since you will not be pressured to make up your mind during the heated atmosphere in an auction. The dealer will give you the exact price of the antique you have chosen, while during auction, you will have to worry on adding the auction house premium on the price you bought.
In auction houses, they sell the pieces even if slightly damaged, while most quality dealers would have the items repaired and restored to its good state before selling the piece. This would mean no extra restoration costs on your part.
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Most dealers are very enthusiastic about their antiques and are happy to share what they know about the item that you like. They would offer to look for special pieces that you are looking for, and sometimes buy back the pieces you bought from them before so you can upgrade your collection.
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It is good to ask as much information as you can about the antique that you wish to buy. A reputable dealer will be more than happy to spend time giving you information, the pros and cons of the items you want to buy. A good dealer will be able to give you information about the piece from its age, to what it is made of and where the piece came from.
There are also some small local boot sale that are good places to hunt some not so expensive and rare items. Local boot sale is usually open for everybody very early in the morning, and so if you want to be ahead of the others, better bring some flashlight to be able to see what you are buying before giving the money. In boot sale, the prices are flexible and you can bargain from the seller, just bring low value notes and coins. It is a good idea to try to obtain the seller’s name and address, and even get the license or plate number of his or her car.
With many residents having big disposable income, this city in the West has many excellent antique dealers and shops opened. Here, types of antique furniture, accessories, etc, can be found dating back to the early American, Spanish colonial, European, and Oriental eras.
Having antiques is both a collection and enjoyment of many people. Some would turn this love for antiques into a business venture. Whichever you belong, a dealer or a collector, you share the same love for things that are old. It is a knowledgeable information that the real definition of antique is a piece that is still in good shape and has passed the test of time.