KNOW HOW

KEEN TO GET STARTED OR PER­HAPS YOU’VE AL­READY AMASSED SOME KEY OB­JECTS? EI­THER WAY, WE’VE GOT THE LOWDOWN ON MAXIMISING YOUR COL­LEC­TION

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EN­JOY COL­LECT­ING? HOW TO MAXIMISE ON THE OB­JECTS YOU LOVE

WHETHER YOU’VE A THING FOR RARE BOOKS, BERNARD LEACH POT­TERY OR 1960S JEW­ELLERY, CURATING A COL­LEC­TION CAN BE A REAL JOY. YOU MIGHT SET OUT FOR THE LOVE OF IT, OR FOR POSTERITY, TO LEAVE ITEMS BE­HIND FOR FAM­ILY. OR MAYBE IT’S AN IN­VEST­MENT. AC­QUIRE OB­JECTS FOR LOVE FIRST THOUGH, BE­CAUSE VAL­UES CAN GO UP AND DOWN.

Where to be­gin?

BUILD RE­LA­TION­SHIPS ONCE YOU’VE DE­CIDED WHAT YOU WANT TO COLLECT, YOU NEED TO GET FRIENDLY WITH DEAL­ERS AND TRADERS. BY GET­TING TO KNOW EACH OTHER, YOU BEN­E­FIT FROM THEIR EX­PER­TISE AND BY TELLING THEM WHAT YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR, THEY’LL PUT THINGS ASIDE FOR YOU.

UN­DER­STAND AUC­TIONS FROM HOUSE­HOLD CLEARANCES TO SPE­CIAL­IST AUC­TIONS, IT’S IM­POR­TANT TO VIEW LOTS IN AD­VANCE SO YOU CAN CHECK THE CON­DI­TION. AUC­TION DAY IT­SELF CAN BE FRAN­TIC! RE­MEM­BER THAT SOME­ONE COULD BE SELL­ING A BOX OF STUFF THAT ISN’T OF IN­TER­EST BUT IN WHICH YOU MIGHT FIND ONE THING YOU WANT. “I ONCE BOUGHT A BOX OF HOUSE­HOLD GOODS THAT CON­TAINED A 1960S WOODEN ENID COLLINS BOX BAG,” SAYS KATE BEAVIS. “ENID COLLINS WAS THE OWNER AND DE­SIGNER OF A TEXAS COM­PANY PRO­DUC­ING FUN HAND­BAGS THAT ARE NOW COLLECTIBLE. I HAVE THREE AND THEY’RE WORTH BE­TWEEN £60 AND £100 EACH.”

AC­QUIRE EX­PER­TISE AT A FAIR THE BIG BEN­E­FIT OF AN AN­TIQUES FAIR IS THAT EV­ERY­THING IS VETTED BY EX­PERTS – SO YOU KNOW THAT AN ITEM RE­ALLY IS WHAT IT SAYS ON THE LA­BEL. BRING A TAPE MEA­SURE SO YOU CAN SEE IF A PIECE WILL FIT IN THE SPACE YOU HAVE IN MIND. TAKE SNAPS OF YOUR COL­LEC­TION ON YOUR PHONE SO THAT WHEN YOU’RE AT THE FAIR, YOU CAN SEE HOW A PO­TEN­TIAL PUR­CHASE WILL SIT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. FIND A FAIR NEAR YOU AT ANTIQUESNEWS.CO.UK

BE TAC­TI­CAL AT CAR BOOT SALES YES, THEY CAN BE OVER­WHELM­ING BUT BE IN­SPIRED BY THE STORY EAR­LIER THIS YEAR OF THE WOMAN WHO BOUGHT A DI­A­MOND RING FOR £10 AT A SALE THAT SOLD AT AUC­TION FOR MORE THAN £650,000! OK, YOU MIGHT NOT GET THAT LUCKY BUT IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR, IT’S WORTH THE EF­FORT. AR­RIVE EARLY, START AT THE BACK AND WORK YOUR WAY FOR­WARD SO YOU’RE GET­TING TO THE BITS NO ONE >>

ELSE HAS SEEN YET. LOOK UN­DER TA­BLES AND IN BOXES, AS OF­TEN THE FIND OF THE DAY HASN’T BEEN PUT OUT YET. IT’S ALSO A PLACE TO MEET SELL­ERS WITH STUFF YOU LIKE – THEY MIGHT HAVE PLENTY MORE IN THEIR GARAGE. VISIT CARBOOTJUNCTION.COM FOR A UK-WIDE DIRECTORY OF SALES.

SE­LECT YOUR ON­LINE AUC­TION IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT EBAY. CHECK OUT CATAWIKI.COM, WHICH HAS CAT­E­GORIES RANG­ING FROM JEW­ELLERY TO COMIC BOOKS – ALL AUC­TIONS ARE PRESIDED OVER BY A PRO­FES­SIONAL AUCTIONEER WHO SE­LECTS ITEMS TO BE AUC­TIONED. IF IT’S SCANDI CHIC YOU’RE AF­TER, HEAD TO BUKOWSKIS.COM – IT’S A SWEDISH ON­LINE AUC­TION HOUSE AND DE­LIV­ERS TO THE UK.

BE EBAY SAVVY WHEN LOOK­ING FOR A SPE­CIFIC ITEM, TYPE SOME­THING VAGUE IN THE SEARCH BAR. FOR EX­AM­PLE, SEARCH FOR “GREEN VIN­TAGE VASE” RATHER THAN “BEATRICE WOOD GREEN VASE”. IT MIGHT SOUND COUNTERINTUITIVE BUT YOU MAY

JUST HIT UPON A SELLER WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THEY’VE GOT – AND THERE­FORE, YOU COULD LAND A BAR­GAIN. TO EN­SURE YOU’RE GET­TING THE REAL DEAL, ASK THE SELLER FOR EX­TRA PIC­TURES OF THE PIECE SO YOU CAN DO SOME DIG­GING ON ITS AU­THEN­TIC­ITY.

VIN­TAGE BAGS ARE FUN TO COLLECT AND MAKE AN EYE-CATCH­ING DIS­PLAY

VINYL SALES HAVE SOARED IN RE­CENT YEARS

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