Collecting Antiques – It Never Gets Old!
By Collectibles And Antiques
Television plays an important part in the lives of the 21st century American. It defines us to an extent, and often fuels a massive spike in even the most traditional seeming areas. One such area was the hobby of collecting antiques, which saw a massive increase with the introduction of The Antiques Road Show.
Antiques have long been a part of our culture. Items are handed down through generations, some with special emotional meaning, some as heirlooms, some as valuable investments. They can be bought and sold at garage sales, on eBay, or at auctions.
Some antiques are only valuable to those who are in possession of them. This should not detract any meaning from the possession or collection of antiques for the individual though. One might go so far as to say that every antique or collectible possesses its own intrinsic value, and that in fact the show has had a detrimental effect on the collection of antiques. Collecting should be a passion first, and the idea that it should be for profit somewhat cheapens it.
If you are thinking about starting to collect antiques, there is a whole world out there for you to explore and enjoy. You will probably find it hard to believe the abundant opportunities open to the antique collector. Antiques can be found at garage sales, on eBay, at auctions, and at special collector’s shows. A great place to look for antiques is the home of older relatives, and more often than not they are pleased to show you around!
Before you go out and start gathering anything that is older than Law & Order, however, you should decide on what it is that you would like to collect. Perhaps you are only looking for a grandfather clock to add a little oomph as the centerpiece in your sitting room. Maybe you have decided that you would like to look for old military badges and awards. A great place to find an idea is collector’s shows. At these shows, there are often varied displays of the collections of people who have been practicing the hobby for years, and you just might find an idea that is so appealing that you will want to start right away. Odds are you are in the right spot, as most of the collectors also have items for sale or trade.
Collecting antiques is a great hobby that never gets old. You should not begin with ideas in your head about discovering riches along the way. Antiques often have to be in peak condition, and collections must include every piece, before they are appraised at any real value. Most expensive antiques are not a surprise to their owners, as they were usually expensive to get in the first place. Begin your antique collecting experience because it is something fun and new for you to do. Any dreams of windfalls should be a distant thought, and never the driving force, behind your new pursuit.
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Why to Decorate With Antiques
By James1984 Thompson
Many individuals are collecting antiques as their hobby. Some do this because they want to know the culture of the people who made these antiques. Other individuals collect antiques because of the age of the item, the uniqueness of the item, or the rarity of it. There are different reasons why collectors love to have antiques, but why to decorate with antiques.
One of the main reasons why to decorate with antiques is that it can highlight different parts of the house. If you put an antique piece in your living room, it can add elegance to the living room. This is a good idea especially if you want to make the room look more special. If the room looks boring, you can spice it up by simply decorating it with the antiques that you are collecting.
Also a reason why to decorate with antiques is that it can compliment other furniture in your house. If the furniture in the room makes it look dull, it is a great idea to compliment the furniture with an antique. This will make the room and the furniture more attractive than it was before. Some furniture really needs some item to compliment them in order for them to be noticeable.
This also goes the other way around with other antique items and furniture. If the antique furniture is too noticeable for the room, you may want to add an antique painting, vase, rugs, or figurine near or on top of the antique furniture. By doing this the antique furniture which earlier was too noticeable for the room will blend in perfectly. This is due to that the attention that might be given to the furniture will be redirected to the antique ornaments.
Other reasons of why to decorate with antiques is due to that if you display such an item you will be showcasing the art and culture of the people who made it. This is a great idea especially if you have kids. Because when you display antique items to showcase the arts and culture of the makers of the antique item, you are teaching your children about the history and culture of certain peoples.
If you really just want to see and appreciate fine and rare arts, it is a great idea to have your antique collection on display in your room. Also, decorating your room with antique will not only satisfy you but it will also satisfy the taste of other people that visits your room.
There are different reasons why to decorate with antiques. But, the entire effect on decorating your room with antiques is the same. You want to make that certain room more beautiful. However, you must consider several things when decorating the room with antiques. One of the things you must consider is that the room should compliment with the antique. You don’t want to place an antique together with a digital appliances or gadgets. Also, you don’t want to decorate the room with so many antiques because the room will not look great if it’s swarming with antiques. It is best to have the appropriate number of antiques to display.
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Guide To Purchasing Antiques
By Sue Jan
Antiques are a great way to adorn your rooms. But there are several things to consider before you buy that rare antique item that you have been looking for so long.
Antiques can be any collectible item that has aesthetic value and is approximately 100 years old or even more. Grand clocks, pianos, jewelry items, vintage fashion, silverware, ivory or Faberge eggs are just some examples of desirable antiques. People have their own particular preference for different antique pieces, such as antique clock or antique Chinese porcelain etc.
The first thing to consider is the originality and history of the antique you intend to buy. As rare antiques come at higher prices, you would not want to be fooled by fake replicas. Many antique sellers often put up retouched items for sale. But antiques look best when they are not refurbished though you should not buy items with defects. It is the originality that makes an antique item precious.
Before buying you must do proper research on the antique item. The internet is the best place to do research on antique items as it can provide valuable information regarding global antique prices and the history of antique items. You should also be careful about antique reproductions. If you are new and have not done proper research, it will be difficult to tell the difference between a reproduction from the original. Antique pieces should show some wear and tear and these small details are something to look out for. If the item looks flawless than it probably is not an authentic antique.
The best places to buy antiques are at antique auctions. Buying from a reputable auction house or an antique store will ensure that the antique collectible is genuine, as it should also come with certificates of originality. To get that coveted item you should visit the antique auctions regularly. Garage sales are also a good place to buy as you may often get rare antiques at a very cheap price, but do make sure that it is original. Though the internet is a useful source of information, this is not the case when buying antiques online. A first hand look at the antique product is not possible on the internet and the website photos often hide the defects and deficiencies.
Proper care and maintenance should be taken to preserve antique items for ages. When buying an item, gather information about proper antique storage and antique preservation methods. Items should be kept in moderately humid and cool places. Direct sunlight should be avoided. The antiques should be handled carefully. Excessive cleaning sometimes ruins the originality of the antique.
First-time buyers can also buy general antique guides for research and guidance on starting their antique collection. Guides on specific antique items are also available.
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Oak Carved Sideboard
Heavily carved crest
Quarter sewn door panels
c. late 1800s
This stunning piece would make a lovely addition to your home and add a bit of old world elagance to any dinner party. Crafted from the finest oak, this piece offers functionality as well as beauty.