Find your niche
Aris Suwanmalee/shutterstock Are you drawn to the Antiques Roadshow because of the history and stories each item tells? Or the thrill of finding something valuable but not sure how to start antiquing beyond your grandma’s attic? Maybe it’s a mid-century modern atomic wall clock that makes you tick or a vintage Raggedy Ann doll that evokes happy memories of childhood. If you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of purchasing something from an antique store or estate sale, think about what really catches your eye and speaks to your personality. “I would advise to find a niche, something that really makes you happy and passionate,” says Stacie Morrell who started the online department for the Goodwill of the Columbia Willamette. She holds the record for selling the most expensive item for a non-profit online, an original watercolor by a listed American abstract artist for $165,000 for Goodwill. Take a look in your attic to see if you have any of these seven valuable antiques that could make you rich!
Do your homework
SFIO CRACHO/shutterstock “Once you find that specific niche or subject, start reading as many reference books on collecting that particular area as possible,” says Morrell. “Pick books that are specific to the era or area of your choice, in order to get the most information possible,” recommends Morrell. “You want to be knowledgeable on all aspects of your chosen passion.” After hitting the books, take yourself on a field trip and visit reputable antique shops and ask questions about the items that interest you. You’ll learn more and build a good relationship with the owner.