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 feb 20,2015:High-end antique shows are in trouble, people are shopping at antique malls, weekend flea markets, tag sales and yard sales, and small independant antique shops. Yet vintage urban markets are booming, and breathing new life into the business.

1. High booth rent isn’t necessary today, dealers don’t want or need to pay it.  Most are joining forces to split booth rentals.  Doing local flea markets and cutting back on antique mall booth rentals.
2. The focus has turned to home furnishings, vintage lamps, great shaped pottery,signature furniture pieces...younger people are wanting a "look"...not a vintage brand name.
3. Urban markets are social and fun, no stuffy chamber music is playing here.
4. Urban Markets are focused on upscaling, recycling and green is FUN.
5. $100.00 and under items are hot right now and as a dealer, if that’s what you are selling the most of, you can’t afford the booth rent in many high end antiques shows.

6. The new breed of customer in my opinion starts in their late 20s, and loving the 1960's, art, colors, lamps and  furniture.
7. Small church and charity shows can be intimidating to new and up and coming collectors.
8. Decorators and designers are now looking at shows to find decorative household items their customers can use to show their personal style. This new breed of customer isn’t afraid to alter or restyle a piece.
9. Antique is dirty word in this business right now, vintage is hot. It’s what everyone is after and what they think is cool, and hey it is!
10. The collector who frequents the high end church and charity show has seen the value of the items they have purchased over the past 20 years bottom out just like many other segments of our economy.  They are being cautious and are hesitant to spend what they spent in the early to mid 1990’s.


hummel,collector plates,lladro,AVON,womens costume jewlery from the 1950's,


1950's fun lamps, orange and lime green,

mc coy pottery, tramp art/outsiders art,watercolor paintings,


asian art, cuban artists, pottery


Antiques might not be the most conventional way to make money but, provided that you know what to look for, they can provide potentially impressive long-term returns
Here, we look at what novice antiques investors should watch out for, as well as some of the investments the experts believe could generate the best returns in years to come.
Buy from established dealers
If you want to be certain that any antiques you buy are the "real deal", buy from a dealer and have them date, sign and describe what they think they are selling you.
Invest only in things you like
You should invest only in antiques that you are happy to have in your home for years to come.
Although you will no doubt have some interest in the financial value of your collection, this should be seen only as a bonus. Just like any market, fashions and tastes change over time. This means that something that is not valuable now may become so in the future, and vice versa.
Look for original untouched furniture
Furniture that hasn't been restored, preferably with provenance, is likely to be among the best investments.  Look for small, useful pieces such as Georgian and Regency desks , Chests of drawers in early walnut of good colour and patina,  are especially desirable. These should be seen as a 10-year investment.
Choose prewar pieces if buying glass
If you are buying glass for investment purposes, look out for prewar Lalique items, as this will mean they have been designed and overseen by René Lalique himself. Be wary of signs of over-polishing or damage, as this will have an impact on value.
Eighteenth-century English glass at the top end is still a good buy. Large sculptural items from the late 19th century through to Art Deco are a good investment, having seen gains of probably up to 50pc in three years.
A few years ago.......the off price retail BIG LOTS stores, bought china import pieces of ROSEVILLE pottery, much to the amazement of dealers, the later pieces BIG LOTS was selling were good looking fakes,  CHINA was re-molding vintage roseville pieces and shipping them to the United States.
Look for rare items
Rare items are usually the most valuable, so invest in antiques that are unusual. Look for the quirky and something with an edge, something that will be noticed, such as animals, an unusual shape or real craftsmanship.
Beware of fakes
If you suspect something is a fake, resist the temptation to buy until you can get confirmation that the piece is authentic.
An expert will be able to tell if pieces from different periods have been put together, which does happen. Anyone checking jewellery must have a loop [eye glass] to be able to see properly.
Watch out for signs of restoration
Restorers use clever techniques to repair antiques, which can easily go unnoticed by the untrained eye. With furniture there are some simple giveaways to look for, such as obvious use of machinery or tools not available when the piece was made – bandsaw blade marks, for example.
If you buy a piece with original colour and patina it is much less likely to be restored as French polish and waxed finishes can hide restoration.
Remember to factor in auction costs
If you buy antiques at an auction house, you will need to pay a "buyer's premium" on top of the cost of the item you've bought. This will be a percentage of the final hammer price.