Many of our customers are interested in book guides to antiques and collectibles. They like to learn about these special pieces as much as they like buying them for the home! Our customers are usually not experts on antiques, as you might guess from our slogan: “Fine antiques for regular folks!” But still, its fun to read about all the different kinds of collectibles and learn more about styles. Here are some of the reliable guides to antiques and collectibles that you might want to browse…
Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide
This one has lots of illustrations, with more than 2,500 color photos, so it’s great to flick through and find examples of beautiful antique furniture, ceramics, glass, dolls, jewelry and other collectibles. It also has a useful price guide for items in all budget zones, based on sale prices of actual pieces in the previous year.
When shopping online or in person for antiques, it’s good to have a sense of the normal price range of any antique item. It’s also easy to use the internet to search for the item and cross-reference with a piece you are thinking about buying, because while every piece of antique furniture is unique, you can still get a rough idea of the going price. However you compare prices, make sure you are comparing apples with apples! Note the age of the piece so you are comparing pieces from similar dates, also note the materials, and the condition of the piece.
Here at EuroLuxHome.com we are confident that we offer very competitive prices on our antiques and collectibles. We don’t have big city overheads, so that helps us keep our costs down. Our customers often say how fair our pricing is, especially as we include free shipping within the continental USA and some parts of Canada. In addition to our already low prices, we also offer occasional discount codes. Subscribe to this blog or follow us on Facebook to hear about our future promo codes!
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles
This guide is written by Noah Fleisher who used to be the editor of Antique Trader magazine and he also has auction house experience. The book includes sections on antique furniture, glass, memorabilia, jewelry, ceramics, lighting and other collectibles such as bottles, cameras, cookie jars, quilts and clocks. The book also has short guides to styles of antique furniture. If antique styles interest you, then we also invite you to browse our series of guides to different antique furniture styles on this blog!
Fleisher quotes Dan Matthews, an owner of an auction house, who encourages people thinking about buying a piece of antique furniture to: “Buy it because you like it. Because you can live with it and it means something to you.” That’s exactly the same advice that we give!
Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide
This authoritative book claims to be the best-selling annual price guide in the USA. It features expert advice, around 4,000 color photographs, historical information, and values. It is checked for accuracy by international professionals in the antiques field, and it covers a diverse range of subjects from antique furniture to Asian art and artifacts and antique farm collectibles.
This year’s edition points out that younger people are also getting into antique furniture, as Millennials are embracing the “green” and sustainable aspect of antiques. We love that! We’ve noticed that the authenticity of antiques and the hand-crafted quality also add to the appeal for younger buyers.
Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.