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5 Tips to Start Collecting Antiques or Other Collectables
Often we stumble across something truly remarkable that catches the eye. This could be the start of something great. Seeing your first piece of pottery or an antique is often what triggers the desire to become a collector. If you are interested in becoming a collector of antiques, art, or pottery, follow these tips to get started.
Educate yourself. Do research on the items you are interested in before you buy. Find out the history, prices, and information about auctions and antique shows. The more you know, you better you will know where to find the best pieces for the best prices.
Collectibles aren’t just an investment. It takes time for antiques and other collectibles to gain value. Don’t just see buying them as an investment. It should be a passion and you should enjoy them and display them. They should be your pride and joy.
Examine the item before buying. You should feel an item out and look at it closely to be sure there are no faults or damage or discolorations. Touching the item and getting a feel for it will help you know if it is right for you or not.
Avoid following trends. Trends are not the best way to go. Rather follow your own taste, style and things that appeal to you. Be aware of what is trending and compare prices and items, but the best is to follow what your instincts tell you.
Find a good dealer. Find good dealers of your items, for example, Poole Pottery. Establish good relationships with these dealers to make sure you know when new items arrive and get only the best for your collections.
These tips will help you get started as a collector. It is important to know as much as you can and work closely with your dealer. Have fun collecting!
5 Top Tips on How to Best Display Your Collectibles
If you are a serious art or antique collector, you will want to display your collection to bring out the best qualities of the pieces. No matter if it is Poole pottery items, true antique furniture, or shells, your collection deserves the center stage or even a pedestal.
To allow your collection present at its best, consider the following:
Use everyday items to set the stage. Things like a pedestal, an old box, a frame, etc. can be very good to set the stage for a display. The type of collectible will determine the best type of staging objects.
Avoid busy backdrops. An overly busy backdrop can detract from the items you want to display. Keep the background a solid color. It can be a cloth or a wall, but it should be kept simple. A bold color could add to your display depending on what your display item is.
Lighting can create a wonderful effect. You can light the display case or objects from the top, from behind, from underneath, from the front, or even from all sides. Before placing a lighting effect, check the way it will best shine on your collectible without creating too much shadow. You can test it with a flashlight.
Space versus a number of collectibles. If you have more collectibles than space, consider splitting them or creating a cluster that makes sense. A large piece can be displayed on its own in a room, while smaller pieces can be clustered and displayed together. If you run out of space and still have items left, carefully wrap and pack them away. You can swap them out with other ones when you get the urge to re-decorate.
Protect valuable items. If you have items in your collection that are extremely valuable and worth a lot of money, display them in a secure glass case. This will keep it safe and also help to keep out dust and other dirt. A glass case can be a great display tool.
5 Tips for Vintage Pottery Collectors
As a collector, I am sure that you have an eye for your art. You know what to look for and you know which marks and stamps are legitimate. However, there are some copycat artists whose work can fool even the most well-practiced eye. Buying a piece of vintage pottery only to find out after that it is not an original, can be devastating. To help you avoid this disappointment, follow these simple tips.
1. Buy a Poole Pottery Collectors Guide
The Poole Pottery Collectors Guide will tell you everything you want to know about these collectibles. It offers examples, pictures, information about artists, and the marks that signify original Poole pottery art.
2. Look at the facts
Poole Pottery is easily distinguishable by the artists’ signatures and marks at the bottom of the piece. Study it closely and compare it to the marks that you know to be original. Make sure you know the marks well or carry a reference source with you when shopping for vintage pieces.
3. Join a club or forum
Clubs and forums have expert members that will help point you in the right direction when it comes to shops and pottery dealers. The experts know where to find original works and which places to avoid.
4. Make contact with dealers
If you are looking for a specific piece or pieces, you should make contact with a trusted dealer as soon as possible. The experts would have pointed you in the right direction, but now you need to secure what you want. If a specific dealer does not have the piece you are looking for, they might know or be able to find out where you could find it.
5. Visit auctions and antique shows
Many auction houses have valuable pottery collectibles in their auction collections. You can find out what they have in their collections and whether they have certificates of authenticity. You may be surprised how often you can find a real Poole Pottery piece at auctions and antique shows. Many people have no idea what they are giving away or selling.
If you follow these tips, you should hardly ever find yourself buying copies or fakes of Poole Pottery vintage items.