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Antique Collecting
Written by Catherine Davis   

Almost any decorative object created in an earlier period can be classed as antique, ranging from furniture, toys and textiles to jewellery, porcelain and postcards.

Antiques are collected for their beauty, craftsmanship and age, to be enjoyed for their own sake or to make a profit. Market value is determined by aesthetic appeal, rarity and cultural or historical significance.

Part of the attraction of antique collecting lies in being able to spot a vintage or collectable item and then bidding or negotiating a price. Buying and selling takes place at auctions, antique fairs and markets, specialist shops and on line. Also look out for bargains at house clearances and car boot sales.

Possibly the key to successful antique collecting is to be well informed and do your research thoroughly. Before purchase, carefully inspect the condition of the piece. Satisfy yourself about authenticity by consulting more than one dealer. Keep all documentation and always get a written receipt.

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