How to Deal in Antiques

How to Deal in Antiques

Fiona Shoop

Language: English

Pages: 313

ISBN: 1845284569

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Whether you want to find the best bargains when buying antiques and collectables as a hobby, or whether you want to turn your interest in antiques into an extra income stream or full-time career, this book will help you make better deals and maximise your profits. You'll discover: - what to buy and sell - where to buy and how to get bigger discounts - where and how to sell - using the internet for both buying and selling Antiques expert, Fiona Shoop, highlights the tricks of the trade to help you avoid making common but costly mistakes - and ensure that you get the best out of the antiques world.

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thin sheet of paper rather like a bookmark. This can work but the piece of paper often gets lost – along with your price. Book buyers expect a 10–20% discount so allow that in the price (e.g. price a £20 book at £22–24, depending on what sized discount you intend to give). There are various types of people who buy books – trade, collectors and readers. Some people buy books by certain authors (e.g. Charles Dickens) and some people buy books because of their genres, covers or illustrations. Think

and fairs in the area. Some shops offer very competitive prices, some are even cheap whilst others seem more expensive. (This will be covered in more detail in Part Three, Chapter 6.) Always remember that shops have higher overheads than virtually all other forms of dealing and the dealer has to pass their expenses on via their stock. Some places have higher rent and rates than others, which will probably be reflected in their prices, but most dealers try to be as competitive as possible to

help and be careful. Always report theft to the organiser so they are aware and can help protect other stallholders – and you – in future. ♦ The lonely – they do buy so handle them carefully but don’t be too friendly or you’ll never get rid of them. Some just want to talk, others will pretend to be interested in something whenever you make it clear that you have other things to do. Don’t waste too much of your time on them. ♦ The amorous – a tedious type but, handled carefully, they can buy but

wants the goods insured and they’re not covered by the standard, special delivery service, speak to the Post Office for advice or arrange for a special courier such as DHL (see your local phone directory) – this can be very costly so advise the buyer before signing anything. I always use the Post Office where possible – it’s relatively cheap and easy. Selling over the internet really is easy and saves you time. Once you get used to it, it’s very quick. Careful packing is the most time-consuming

to avoid just dealing in modern Moorcroft – you might not be allowed into all fairs and centres with it. Moorcroft is very good quality, try to buy older pieces but avoid the wartime monochrome goods as they are hard to sell. Stick to great colours and, for more modern pieces, look for their animal patterns such as the polar bears and other designs by Sian Leeper. The Rye Potters A small town on the Kent–Sussex borders, Rye has produced several potteries whose staff have often swapped

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