Antiques & Collectibles Education Sought
October 20, 2011 10:33 AM Subscribe
How do I learn about antiques & vintage collectibles?
posted by FlamingBore to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have more than a passing interest in collectibles and antiques, though to be perfectly frank more on the vintage collectibles than the antique side.
I've been going to a local auction house for the last couple of months and I routinely see things there that not only interest me for my personal use/collection but that I recognize as having resale value. I have met a couple of people there who either have stores of their own or who deal in this stuff already and I'm interested in doing this as a sideline/hobby now with the possibility of doing more with it down the road.
My question is how do I get the best combination between a quick education and a deep understanding of the market? I've just ordered a couple of books - Kovel's guide and Schroeder's Collectible Toys to read through. Are there others that I should seek out?
I watch American Pickers, Storage Wars, Auction Kings, and a couple of other shows like it.
I have an inherent "need to know" about things that interest me and generally pick up knowledge about those things easily and quickly.
I understand that condition impacts value, but I'd like to have a greater understanding of not only what to look for and how to value items but also how deeply certain condition levels impact certain collectibles or even furniture. Especially confusing are the items where refinishing/restoring can either enhance or destroy the value of something.
Example: a few weeks ago I picked up an original (not one of the newly produced) Heywood Wakefield step side tables with drawer in champagne finish for only $35. The finish on the top surfaces has been damaged. The wood is in good condition. I know it's next to impossible to refinish this with a good match to the original champagne stain though. I can't decide if it would be better to leave it as is or to refinish in the easier to deal with wheat finish.