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!