How To Become An Antique Dealer #2

Stay on top of Trends and Know How To Price To Sell !

In the past 10 years, we dealers have had to compete with online auctions like eBay and we struggle to gain new collectors at a time when the market is flooded with low-cost, mass-manufactured reproduction choices.

Some think the  industry is in decline, with the lack of new, young collectors to keep it afloat. There are those that say the business changing  and not in trouble.

I have noticed that my low- and mid-range antique suffered the most due to from lack of interest, changing trends and the Internet. Though big ticket Antiques are still holding their value.

Even internet Sales ie. Ebay have suffered. On ebay you can see items being sold low, a result of lack of interest, and too many reproductions and mis represented items.

Some believe the traditional antique world is definitely in decline. Prices reached an all time high in the early 2000s, but the past 9 years  has resulted in  a huge price dive!

Industrial Furniture Latest Trend 21st C
Industrial Furniture Latest Trend 21st C

eBay has driven down prices, and younger generations are less interested in collecting or don’t mind decorating non antiques and collectibles.

In our shop we find that Younger people still buy, but they are purchasing different things. Rusty gold, industrial furniture, yard decor, kitchen collectibles are hot in our area.

Rusty Garden Items very Popular
Rusty Garden Items very Popular

They are not looking for Victorian things or grand furniture so you must go with the flow of trends or you will be in a sinking ship.   So  stay on top of the trends if you want to gain buyers – or new customers .

Cambridge Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era is OUT
Cambridge Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era is OUT

I still Love everything Victorian in the way of Tea Cups, and Art Glass, but have morphed into buying and selling the hottest trends as well.

Victorian Era Art Glass has come down in price
Victorian Era Art Glass has come down in price

To survive in this business you must be eclectic, specializing is a way of the past.

What’s Hot in Mesa AZ besides the weather?

*Mid Century Furniture and Decorator Items.

* Rusty Garden Furniture and Yard Art

* Vintage Kitchen Collectibles

* Industrial Furnishings and Decor

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