Antiques Dealer

Antiques Dealer


antiquesville, NY

Male, 58

I have been buying and selling antiques (and some collectibles) for over 30 yrs. started out buying and selling to help pay for college. got a degree in business admin. and worked in managerial positions for 23 yrs. but, during this 23 yr. period I kept my sanity by continuing to sell antiques in my spare time. now that I am semi-retired, I still deal in antiques - it is in my blood. I am knowledgeable in auctioning, estate sales, online sales, direct sales, and appraisals.

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Last Answer on January 31, 2022

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Can most antique appraisal be done online / remotely now? Or do you still ask sellers to bring you the item in person?

Asked by TM almost 10 years ago

most of the appraisals that i do are done to help settle estates.  an attorney will call and ask that a fair market appraisal be conducted for the contents of a home. this is uaually done for tax purposes and/or to insure that the heirs to the estate inherit items of equal value.  this is a written appraisal usually involving anywhere from a few items to hundreds of items. 

an appraisal is not an offer to buy the item.  if a seller wants to sell an item(s) i will make them a purchase offer.  if they want an appraisal, i will give them a written appraisal for a fee.  beware of anyone who appraises something and then tries to buy it.  i will not appraise an item if i am interested in buying it.

although many online photos are quite good, i personally do not like the idea of on-line appraisals.  there is no substitute for a hands-on inspection of an item. condition, condition, condition is critical in dertermining value, and photos are often not enough to make this determination.



I love going to yard sales, what kind of items do you think I should look for that have value that's often overlooked by yard sellers?

Asked by Ellen over 9 years ago

very few items are overlooked these days. however, a few items that I have found at yard sales that many people overlook are:  1950'S/60's era plastic toys and toy soldiers, pre-1990 cereal box premiums, typewriters, unused gym shoes from the 1960's thru the 1980's, sets of American made Revereware cookware.

Do you buy or sell baseball cards? Are they still viewed as valuable collectibles, when I have to imagine that it's really easy to print fakes these days?

Asked by TheRealTalker over 9 years ago

I used to buy and sell sports cards quite a bit back in the 1990's -  primarily early tobacco cards and pre-1970 baseball, football, and hockey cards.  the emergence of card grading companies has greatly changed the card collecting hobby.  these companies authenticate, grade, and seal your card so that there is no doubt (supposedly) as to its condition.  these days if I run across early cards, in excellent or better condition, I will buy them.  I stay away from most cards made after 1980 when card companies went wild printing them.  the best prices are paid for high graded rookie cards.

Do people often consider you a glorified pawn shop dealer, and is that a comparison that gets under your skin at all?

Asked by Bebe over 9 years ago

I can honestly say that I have never heard anyone compare antique dealers to pawn shop owners.  if the comparison does exist, it really would not bother me personally.  many pawn shop owners are very knowledgeable business people who provide a service to the community.  I suppose that some of the more elite dealers in the antiques community might be a bit upset by the comparison 

Do you think TODAY'S stuff will one day be valuable antiques? With everything so mass produced and digitized, it seems like scarcity, condition, heritage, and all the other markings of a valuable antique will look a lot different 50 years from now.

Asked by B Loeb almost 10 years ago

i think that your instincts are absolutely spot on.

my gut feeling is that very few items made today will have significant antique value in the future.  the junk that is made in multi-million quantities in china will probably still be junk in 100 yrs. (an item becomes an antique when it reaches one hundred years in age)

i do however think that early electronic items (phones, gaming, etc.) will be of interest to collectors. also, quality items that are made in limited quantities in the united states will always have a following. (i guess a good example is, and will be, zippo lighters)

automobiles will probably also still have broad appeal to collectors - even if they are no longer used a hundred years from now.  some other potential winners off the top of my head would be: art/paintings, first edition signed books, quality musical instruments.

Is it common for TV shows or movies to loan antiques from a shop for their set design, or do they have to buy them?

Asked by takeoffer123 over 9 years ago

I've only sold items to prop men twice in 30+ yrs.  I have never been asked to loan an item to a set or stage.  I asked several other dealers if they have ever been contacted to loan an item and all of them said that they have not.    perhaps dealers on the west coast would have a very different answer to your question.

For appraising antique appliances, how much does it matter if the thing still "works"? I'd imagine most buyers aren't looking to buy an old school cash register or radio to actually USE, right? (Or are they...)

Asked by davis.pierce over 9 years ago

most of the collectors that I know prefer an item that still works. this seems to be especially true in regard to radios, fans, early calculators, blenders, and clocks.  even if collectors don't actually use the item, they still prefer that the item works so that they may show off its function.