As you might already know, antiques are old objects at least thirty years old. Some antiques have historical value in them, being used by some personality or important person from history. Others appear to be ordinary objects but because they are rare today, these antiques are collected and have high appraised value. Still, other items signify an historical event, an end or an era perhaps or something much simpler. Regardless, people who collect antiques show a particular pride in them and will often part with their collection only if it is a necessity or the price is right.
If you think of jewelry as the standard antique items, then you should open your eyes more. From gems to an elaborately designed book case, from automobiles and pieces of clothing, these are all possible antiques.
Others include carpets, quilts, old clocks, furniture, coins, first edition books or old rare books for that matter, wood panels, glasses, and even jars and other decorative items. Collecting and selling antique clocks can be a very rewarding past time and lucrative business opportunity.
Although, antiques do bring with them a status symbol that you can fully enjoy, this should not be misconstrued as a reason to buy every antique you come upon. First rule of an antique collector is to get only the things you like. You will have a greater appreciation of your trade (assuming you're in it for the trade) or your collection if what you're doing is something you love. Also consider that antiques are like art, it should be enjoyed.
Don't be too impulsive when buying antique items. If you don't like how an item looks, don't be forced to buy it especially if you have no intention of reselling.
Also, we advised from decorating a whole room with antiques. If you're going to use antique items as home decorations or accent to your home, be sure to place them where people can appreciate the individual beauty of each one. You own a home and not a museum.
A beautiful pair of Antique Ivory cylindrical vases on carved wooden stands. The front and back of the vases applied with Shibayama decoration. Japanese 19th century. Height including stands 18 cm
With proper care, antiques can last for a lifetime. Each kind of antique has its own way of being preserved or maintained. Be aware of this and do some research on how to take care of your antiques.
Pottery, porcelain and textile antiques are generally delicate items and should be handled very carefully. Storage can also be an issue. Textiles for example need to be stored away from humidity and possibility of insect attacks.
There are a lot more things that you need to know about antiques and part of the job of a collector or a trader is to study your trade.