The Unofficial Guide to Collecting Antiques

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9780028629223: The Unofficial Guide to Collecting Antiques

From casual flea market browsers to serious collectors, this indispensable guide shows readers how to be a savvy collector. The Unofficial Guide to Finding Rare Antiques provides the inside scoop on collecting and caring for everything from furniture, silver, and ceramics to memorabilia, toys, and more. Readers learn how to shop and appraise like an expert at auctions, shops, flea markets, dealerships, and private sales -- from gauging a collectible's condition to spotting fakes and reproductions. Shoppers are also armed with essential information on:

  • How to determine a fair price
  • How damages can affect a collectible's price
  • How to care of their items
  • How to negotiate the best deal whether they're buying or selling
  • The best markets for collectible sales
  • What to collect today that might be hot tomorrow

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About the Author Sonia Weiss can tell you everything you need to know about collecting antiques. A reporter and writer for more than 20 years, she was raised around porcelains, glass, and contemporary art, all passionately collected by her parents. As a young adult, Sonia collected antique cameras and Depression glass. She is still an avid collector of items from the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau periods, including art glass, pottery, beaded purses, and boxes in various media. Sonia has written many articles on collectibles for Joy of Collecting magazine in addition to a number of feature stories on antiques and the people who collect them. In addition to The Unofficial Guide to Collecting Antiques, her books include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baby Names, The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Baby Names, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Affair-Proof Love, all for Alpha Books; The Cigar Enthusiast (Berkley); and The Metro Denver Relocation Guide (Heritage Media Corp.). She contributed to For the Love of Dogs and Hope, Faith & Healing (Publications International, Ltd.), and the Jones Encyclopedia of the Information Infrastructure.

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