Antiques – Our Passion
There is an allure to having a nice collection of antiques. There is no feeling quite like walking through your home and enjoying your own miniature museum of sorts. We not only sell antiques, we collect them ourselves. They say, “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” We find this statement to be alarmingly true. When we get to the office, or show up to a job in the field, we truly enjoy every minute of it. Some of our very own clients have told us we have an addiction to antiques. They are not wrong.
Over the course of many years, we have learned that acquiring antiques and vintage products is somewhat of an art. Learning where to buy antiques is not hard. A simple Google search will provide you with more than enough information on local stores and websites that will have a great variety of items. The true art, however, comes in finding where the true treasures are stored. In this guide, we hope to educate you on where you may be able to find the best antiques and collectibles.
The first thing that you will want to take into consideration when trying to acquire items for you antique collection should be the location. Are you trying to find a vintage White Sox game ball? Perhaps searching for your item closer to Chicago would help you. You could search for sports memorabilia stores located near the stadium. They would be a likely bet to have your famed vintage game ball. Are you searching for a vintage French painting? Perhaps if you are lucky enough to travel to the Champagne region, you could inquire about the piece to an art dealer in France.
With the advent of the internet, you are no longer geographically locked to a particular area. Many antique and vintage collectible stores have been building an online presence, and you are likely to find a retailer that has an item similar to what you need, if not exact.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the internet can be your friend when attempting to purchase antiques and collectibles. There are the big names, which you may already be utilizing, such as eBay and Amazon. We find that going deeper into the bowels of the world wide web will help you greatly in stumbling upon rare finds. There is a plethora of communities dedicated to connecting users of a similar interest. I am personally a large fan of Reddit. Reddit has an extremely large user base, and once you learn how to use the site, you can find a community dedicated to just about anything. For example, there is a large community solely dedicated to vintage baseball cards.
There are also a large number of small, independent forums that have great information, and large user bases of hobbyists that stand willing and able to help you find a particular antique, or even assist in verifying the authenticity of an item in your current collection. You can do research on how to perform advanced Google searches to help you better find these communities. Also, please feel free to check out our very own store.
We may be a bit biased, as we run our own auction service, but we do see tremendous value in these services when procuring antiques and collectibles. Not only in online auctions, but also with in-person auctions. A simple Google search for online auction companies near your location will likely return a large amount of results. Our own area has over twenty auctioneers within a ten mile radius.
Many auction companies are not currently set up to sell online, which can be a great advantage to you as a consumer. Oftentimes, going to an in person estate auction or liquidation sale can prove to be quite lucrative. External variables such as poor weather can lead to a low turnout, which can lead to getting great deals on antiques of considerable value. Similarly, auctioneers often do a tremendous amount of work in verifying the authenticity of an item, which provides the buyer great protections.
In Person Antique Sales
A great place for a buyer of antiques and collectibles to purchase high quality items is directly from other collectors. There are many ways to meet collectors of just about any item in your interest. We are firm believers in “picking”. This may bring to mind a popular television show. The show is very close to the reality. If we are driving in a rural area, we are not afraid to stop at an interesting looking house and knock on the door to see if the homeowner has any interesting collectibles. More often than not, people are very friendly and willing to deal.
The antique community is also very open and helpful. The community is also tight knit, so you are likely to get good leads by simply talking to individuals with similar interest. Being a regular at antique store may have some leeway in getting to meet others with your shared passion. Similarly, flea markets can be a great resource for meeting collectors that are willing to part with items of value. A little persistence goes a long way when trying to procure rare antiques.
There are many ways to go about collecting vintage and antique collectibles. The internet is a very popular resource, but in person meetings are not to be discounted. With a minimal amount of legwork, and a fair amount of persistence, the world will be your oyster when attempting to grow your personal collection of antiques and collectibles. We hope that we have provided you with some valuable information to empower your search for rare antiques.