Find your niche
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
“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.
Where are the antiques?
For some, the thrill of the chase is part of the adventure. Start locally by visiting small antique shops. Take an afternoon to peruse the booths at an antique mall. Spend the weekends hitting garage sales. Find an estate sale or auction.”Flea markets and antique shows are also a great way to meet and make connections in your chosen fields of collecting and a way to see things you normally might not, as many dealers travel to shows across the country or even internationally,” says Morrell. If hitting the pavement isn’t your bag, there’s plenty of antiques available online at eBay, Etsy, and Ruby Lane. (Think you’re an antique expert? Try to guess what these antique objects were used for back in the day!)