How To Start Collecting Antiques

How To Start Collecting Antiques

If you are the type of person that has always been fascinated with antiques and the story they have to tell, you may wish to start a collection yourself. There are many different types of antiques that you can collect, depending on what interests you. Below are some tips to help you start your antique collection, which is simple to do, and all you need to do is educate yourself on what you are buying.

Consider What You Like

Before rushing into collecting antiques, you will first need to think about the different types of antiques that you like. There are lots of antiques that you can consider starting to collect, such as:

  • Antique Furniture
  • Antique Artwork
  • Antique Glassware
  • Antique Jewellery
  • Antique Silver
  • Antique Books

Whatever types of antiques you prefer, you will need to decide what you will start your collection with, and before you visit an antique online shop such as those in the UK to spend your money, you will first need to educate yourself.

Learn About What You Love

When you have decided which antiques you want to start your collection with, you will first need to educate yourself more on your preferred antiques before you go out spending your money. There are many places where you can get lots of helpful information to educate yourself, or you could enrol in a class about antiques. It would be best if you educate yourself correctly, and doing so will help ensure that you do not overpay for something you like. Make sure you do plenty of reading and join an antique forum where you can often learn a lot. You can also visit your local antique stores and ask lots of questions about the items you like, which is an excellent way to increase your overall knowledge. 

Set Yourself A Budget

When you have built up your knowledge about your chosen antiques, it is almost time to start shopping so you can begin your collection. However, before hitting the high street or browsing online, you will first want to set yourself a budget and ensure that you stick to it. When you have done this, you can visit one of the many places where antiques are common and see what catches your eye.

Searching For Your Antiques

When it comes to going shopping for your antiques to start your collection, there are many places where you can pick up a bargain or two. You can, of course, visit one of the many antique shops that are dotted throughout the UK or in your local area. You can even browse what is available online, with many speciality auction sites for antiques you can use. You can also visit places like antique fairs, car boot sales and look at regular auction sites such as e-Bay. When you find something that you like, remember to ask plenty of questions, including any provenance an item has, and do not be afraid to haggle over the price. With a bit of research, shopping around, and educating yourself, you can start your new antique collection and display it in pride of place in your home. 

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