Antiques are fun to collect and they are enjoyable to see and exhibit in your home. Some people turn this hobby into a side or even full-time business. If you think about it, it’s not hard to see that many items are just not build to last, like they were in the olden days.
Well built antiques can last through many lifetimes. Unfortunately, today’s products often come to us from cheap overseas factories. Real wood has been replaced with cheap plastics or inexpensive plywood.
There are many type of antiques that people collect. I know a Designer who collects antique art books. They have spent thousands and thousands of dollars for these books, but now have an exquisite collection of ideas from the past for their current clients.
They can show these photos to furniture designers and they can be replicated to look like the original furniture from another age past. Antique and Used books are readily available on the Internet and in Antique Stores. It’s best to know what you’re looking for and to have an idea of the cost. Not all antique dealers are honest and you can easily end up paying much more than the item is really worth.
If you are investing in Antique books, clothes, and other items, it is important to keep their value by protecting them. They should be stored in an environment with the temperature and humidity regulated. Correct lighting can also help to keep your treasures from fading. Direct sunlight or excessive head can damage or fade your books. With proper care, your Antiques can last through your lifetime and be a treasure to pass down to later generations.
How To Determine The Value Of An Antique
There are standards to determine what Antiques may be worth. The US Customs Service says that items that are over 100 years old and in good condition are considered to be an Antique. There is also a 1930 US tariff act that defines an antique as an item build before 1830. This is because machines had not been invented yet and everything was handmade before the invention of mass production machinery.
The value of an Antique is dependent on it’s rarity and on its beauty. Hence a famous painting may have value because of it’s great beauty, where a clay pot may also have tremendous value if it is very rare, for example from thousands of years ago. In the end, an object is worth whatever the market will bear.