Old and new col­lecta­bles

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

FOR those with a pen­chant for an­tiques or a fas­ci­na­tion with par­tic­u­lar items, col­lect­ing can be a fun and ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Avail­able to ev­ery­one from the bud­get con­scious to the wealthy, col­lec­tors can amass as­sort­ments of vir­tu­ally any items and the ideal place to start look­ing is the An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles sec­tion of Weekend Shop­per.

This sec­tion fea­tures ev­ery­thing from fur­ni­ture, china, art and heir­looms to dolls, tea sets, wagon wheels and thim­bles. The pos­si­bil­ity of high prices also need not hin­der peo­ple keen to stick to a bud­get.

For those look­ing to ren­o­vate or re­dec­o­rate there are chaise lounges, din­ing chairs, wardrobes and dress­ing ta­bles. An­tiques rarely look out of place in any home and tend to add char­ac­ter and style. Even in mod­ern homes, an­tiques can add some­thing spe­cial.

Buy­ers should al­ways en­sure items are well made and well de­signed to en­sure the piece of fur­ni­ture will last. The na­ture of an­tique buyer in­volves a lot of trust so buy­ers are en­cour­aged to be cau­tious.

Tra­di­tion­ally, fur­ni­ture was con­sid­ered an an­tique if it was 100 years old or more. How­ever, th­ese days things are a lit­tle more muddy and an­tique fur­ni­ture can in­clude any­thing from the 1970s and ear­lier.

Other col­lectable items in­clude any­thing from Smurf fig­urines, pen­cils, stick­ers, Royal Doul­ton china and even old com­put­ers.

Col­lect­ing tends to be about the thrill of the chase and the drive to find more items, and there is noth­ing peo­ple won’t col­lect.

Weekend Shop­per gives buy­ers the op­por­tu­nity to find a range of rare and in­ter­est­ing items to add to new or ex­ist­ing col­lec­tions.

It is worth not­ing that items should be col­lected be­cause buy­ers gen­uinely like them not sim­ply be­cause they are cheap. Again it is im­por­tant to buy qual­ity items which are in good con­di­tion.

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