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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This weekend should be beautiful! Get your helmets on and head to Fancy Gap for a great ride on the Parkway! Don’t forget to stop off for lunch at The Gap Deli! If antiquing is your thing, well, gas up the truck! We probably have the perfect piece you’ve been looking for!
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