postheadericon How to Become an Antiques Dealer

So you’re looking to make a living or add to your income through the buying and selling (dealing) of antiques? Here’s what you need to hit the ground running.

How to Become an Antiques Dealer

1 First off, know your market. There are so many antiquities considered to be valuable, that you should start by finding a few categories that appeal to you, or preferably, antiques which you already have some familiarity with. Gather a thorough understanding of time lines associated with that particular vertical (i.e. pianos, guitars, coffee tables, china, decanters, matchbox cars, you name it…) and find out which items in that genre are valuable, to whom they are valuable, and why they are valued.

How to Become an Antiques Dealer

2 Once you find this information and begin your journey towards understanding the product(s), be sure to get to know the grading systems associated with your antiques.Much like diamonds, the subtle variances in condition, wear, and restorations can mean the difference between hundreds, and hundreds of thousands of dollars! The biggest key to success is knowing what you have or what you’ve found.

How to Become an Antiques Dealer

3 So to kick off your venture into the world of Antiques, what is it you need after your head is full of knowledge? Why, Capital and / or Antiques of course! A great method to finding that diamond in the rough is through, storage and estate sales. Craigslist is another fantastic place to find these sales, as well as for sale by owner ads. Leverage all the resources that you can in searching, and be sure to read a few of my tips below!

How to Become an Antiques Dealer

4 Lastly, I leave you on your way to profitability… How? Where? E-Bay! Craigslist! Networking! All of these routes lead to cost effective sales. There is no need for a brick and mortar business, unless you have an abundance of wealth, antiques, and a client base. Selling and turning a profit is all about the art of negotiation and knowing your market. You’re now on your way towards success in the wonderful world of antiques! Be sure to ask questions, gather knowledge, and most importantly enjoy the journey!

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