Antiques are usually objects which show some degree of craftsmanship, or a certain attention to design. Usually relating to a past era, which people find interesting enough to collect
With the proliferation of TV programs like The Antiques Roadshow, Bargain Hunt, Flog It and now Cash In The Attic, antiques, it seems are everywhere and for everyone and are no longer the preserve of the rich and famous.
Antiques can be found in all sorts of places from jumble sales and car boot sales, to general and specialist auctions, to bric-a-brac and antique shops. Many collectors enjoy both the buying and selling part of antiques.
Anyone of any age can become an antique collector. you are never too young or old to start a collection and it doesn't need to cost a fortune.
Antique collecting can be great fun especially if its sifting through uninteresting items to find the elusive treasure at a fair or a car boot sale. Collectors should be prepared to haggle for items, another great skill which can reap its own rewards
Antique collectors can collect all manner of items from antique paintings, furniture, cigarette cards, models, dools, teddy bears, in fact anything of a certain age which has an appealing design or has become rare or scarce and has some inherent value. Some collectors buy antiques with a view to building up a large collection, whereas others may buy them with a view to selling them at a hoped profit in the future.some antique items are practically worthless, whereas others are priceless.
Antiques collectors need to know what they are buying, therefore it is of great benefit to research the type if items you are interested in so that you will be able to determine whether the antique piece you are looking at is in fact an antique and not a replica or reproduction. Research is the best tool that an antique collector can have at their disposal. Also, you need to know the value of items, especially if you are going to bid for them at an auction.
Antiques can be picked up from a few pounds upwards. Invest in some good informational books and magazines for reserch purposes. Some good information can be had for free via TV programmes too.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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