One of my dreams is to have an antiques business. I've been considering renting a booth at an antique flea market to start, as I now have a garage full of miscellaneous antiques from our recent inheritance. However, I'm not sure of the worth of most of the things I have. I've been looking around on the Internet, and learned a little  but don't feel like I have enough knowledge to be successful. Do you know where I can educate myself about antiques and the antique business

 

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GETTING INTO THE ANTIQUES BUSINESS

  Dear Chatelaine's Antiques,
One of my dreams is to have an antiques business. I've been considering renting a booth at an antique flea market to start, as I now have a garage full of miscellaneous antiques from our recent inheritance. However, I'm not sure of the worth of most of the things I have. I've been looking around on the Internet, and learned a little but don't feel like I have enough knowledge to be successful. Do you know where I can educate myself about antiques and the antique business?
Donna C.

Dear Donna,
Here is an amusing antidote. It's about a 30-year veteran of the antiques business who once said, "The only way to make a small fortune in the antiques business is to start out with a large one." If you love antiques, buying and selling can be a real joy, but you should proceed slowly.
 
Two of the best ways to begin are working for a dealer or training at an auction house. Either way, you learn from people with experience.
 
Dealers tend to specialize. If you're interested in a specific area of the market, that's the way to go. If your interest is broader, working at an auction house can give you exposure to a greater range of specialties.
 
Just don't jump in headfirst. Auction houses and dealers usually don't pay much, so try to continue working in an unrelated field. Spend weekends and evenings focusing on antiques. Also, it's never too early to start building a library. Even the best of us have to do a little research now and again.
 
Good luck and welcome to the club.





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