Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to Start Collecting Antiques

If you’ve been browsing pawn shops or consignment shops that sell used goods, you may have acquired an interest in antiques. They are beautiful, and it can be fun to have something rare and vintage in your home. If you are thinking of starting to collect but aren’t sure where to start, read on for more tips. A vintage shop like Castle Antiques, Inc. could be a good place to start.

What to Collect
You have to first decide what items strike your fancy. You may have an affinity for old clocks like grandfather clocks. Or maybe you like vintage Pyrex pieces or cookie jars. Old jewelry may be more your speed. It is all very personal. Basically, it should be something you are passionate about. You may not want to start collecting pieces because you think it will make you money as you could end up disappointed. Start collecting things that make you happy and excited to share with other people.

Buy a Book
It is also wise to get a reference book before you start buying. What you want is something to refer to when you need to know the history of a certain item and how rare it is. The more information it includes, the better. If it has details about particular marks on an item, sizes, and considerable history, you will find it very useful. It can also help you determine how much to pay for an item, especially if the item is damaged or refurbished. Some things should probably be marked down in price, and others you may pay more for because they are rare. A book can help you with these decisions.

Shop Around
Finally, you should start by looking around in local stores. Starting online isn’t a wise decision because you’re not quite sure what to look for yet, and how you know an item is reputable. Go to antique malls and vintage shops to see things in person. You may also be able to find items for cheaper when you shop at a place like Castle Antiques, Inc. rather than paying shipping online. Plus, you can really enjoy the collection process when you browse.
 

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