Tips & Advice
What is the best way to store antiques?
The best way to store antiques is in a clean, dry, water-tight and protected space that does not allow in any pests, and is temperature and humidity-controlled. Furniture should be well cleaned beforehand and stored free-standing, not stacked. Mirrors should be bubble-wrapped. Art, books, and documents should also be wrapped in special paper and placed within protective boxes. Rugs should be rolled and wrapped in plastic. Antique jewelry should be stored in secure compartmentalized containers, not in an area where hair products or colognes are sprayed.
How does an antique auction work?
Antique auctions work so as to effect the sales and purchase of antiques through an auction houses, with the service of an auctioneer. Auction houses take goods on consignment, valuate and market them to clientele, and then handle the sale and payment collection on behalf of the seller, for a commission. Many auction houses charge an extra “buyer’s premium,” which is also based on percentage of the item’s price.
Do antiques always increase in value?
No, antiques do not always increase in value. If there isn’t a desire or perceived value for a certain item, its value might decrease. Sometimes, if many collectors are selling off antiques of a certain style or type, and not many are buying, the value of that style, or that type of object, will decrease.
Yes, antiques can be cleaned, but it must be done carefully and gently, paying special attention to the types of cleaning products and materials used. Whether are you are cleaning furniture, collectibles or jewelry, research beforehand to find out what polishes, waxes and oils will work best and do no damage.
What is an ancient antique?
The terms “ancient” and “antique” are related, as in they both derive from the same Latin word, but the two words are not typically used together to describe an object. An ancient item is much older than an antique, and is usually called an “antiquity.” It comes from a long-ago period in history, before the Middle Ages.
Why are antiques expensive?
Antiques are expensive because they represent a certain period of history, they’re often built with better craftsmanship than modern items, and their style has proven aesthetically pleasing to collectors over several generations. When antiques they are in good condition, are made of valuable materials, or are of a certain style or iconic company, they can command higher prices. And rare, historically significant collectibles are often the most expensive of all.
An “antique” is a object of roughly 100 years or older that is considered valuable due to its historic significance, craftsmanship, beauty, and rarity. Some people argue that collectibles older than 50 years can be categorized as antiques, but the majority of experts disagree, and contend that items of 50-100 years old should be categorized as vintage.