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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The inside scoop...for when you want more than the official line! Only a few years ago, "antiquing" seemed to be only for the wealthy. Then came the Internet, with its profusion of Web sites, bulletin boards, and online auctions. Almost overnight, "antiquing" has become a much-loved hobby of the people! But with more antiquing choices than ever before, novice and experienced collectors have been left reeling. That's why when it comes to such key questions as where to hunt, how to appraise, and when to sell your own antiques, you can't rely on advice from 101 semi-objective sources. You need one dependable, clued-in source of antiquing wisdom. You want the inside scoop. The Unofficial Guide™ to Collecting Antiques is designed to give savvy consumers like you a foolproof appraisal of everything from where to find the best prices to sizing up value and seeing through fakes. In this book you'll get unbiased recommendations that are not influenced by any company, product, or organization. The Unofficial Guide™ to Collecting Antiques is intensively inspected by The Unofficial Panel of Experts: John Coker has been dealing antiques for nearly 30 years and has been a guest appraiser on PBS's "Treasures in Your Attic"; former art history professor and museum curator James Kettlewell deals in fine arts and antiques; and Art Maier is an appraiser with William Doyle Galleries. These specialists ensure that you are armed with the most up-to-date insider information on the subject of antique collecting and are told exactly what "the Official establishment" doesn't want you to know. Vital Information on tapping into the vast array of collecting outlets available today—from classic venues to the Internet Insider Secrets on identifying antique periods and styles Money-Saving Techniques on how to find hidden treasures amidst flea markets and second-hand stores Time-Saving Tips on mastering the world of online antiques collecting The Latest Trends in smart selling of your own antiques—from wise timing to the pros and cons of trading over selling Handy Checklists and Charts for tracking your growing collection...and finding the country's best auctions and shows visit us on-line at www.idgbooks.com

About the Author:

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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