Antique hunting is an exciting and often profitable adventure. You may be looking for that one piece of furniture that completes a room, a decorative highlight or accessory, or perhaps a hidden treasure that can be turned around for profit. Antiques are often wonderful assets, whose value holds strong for centuries. There are many reasons for antique hunting, as individual as the collectors themselves.
A real passion for history leads some to follow an item into the past, in search of how it was used, by whom and exactly when. Seeing how the times have changed since long ago is amazing, when you study an object that originated generations past. The connection between today and that time can be felt through the collecting process. Somehow, a simple item can transport you back to another era.
There are a lot of people that love to search yard and estate sales, as well as thrift stores and mom-and-pop shops, challenged by the quest to find a bargain or unknown gem. A little knowledge can go a long way in recognizing a true rarity and knowing it’s value.
Some antique hunters are more business oriented, looking only for those items that will be easily re-sold for a nice profit. The thrill of the hunt may not stand out as much as the thrill of the turnover, but don’t think for a minute that these hunters are any less fascinated by the stories many antiques can tell.
In the antique market today the most popular items to collect include china, pottery, glassware and furniture, although people hunt for almost every imaginable item. Basically, anything that is more than one hundred years old is considered an antique, so something that has lasted at least that long is collectible, and perhaps valuable as well. Keep in mind, however, that some things are very, very old, but if there is not a demand for it, you may not be able to bring in a profit from selling it. This of course, doesn’t matter at all if you are seeking something for your own personal use, and find enjoyment in it whether it is a popular market or not. Some of the other items many people are on the lookout for are keys, coins, books and toys.
To be a successful collector, you need to know what your market is. If you are interested in collecting coins, for instance, you should do enough research to learn which kinds of coins are worth investing in, which ones are rare, and those that will not prove to be valuable at all. Become your own expert in the field you select, so that you can spot an authentic item as opposed to one that is not old, or is a copy. An imitation may be a great form of flattery for the real thing, but it won’t bring you much profit, so be sure you can tell the difference.
Antique hunting can become an obsession, and fill many hours with exciting searches. Whether you are serious about antiquing for profit, or just for your own enjoyment, give yourself the knowledge to help you be able to find just what you are looking for, and know it when you see it!