Antiques On The Cheapby James W Mckenzie
Whether you're buying or selling, this complete handbook gives you easy-to-follow advice for making the most of your antiquing investments.
Antiques on the Cheap features dozens of simple, inexpensive techniques to help you:
- Recognize real treasures and make great deals at auctions, estate sales, and yard sales
- Put the best face on your/i>
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I love antiquing as a hobby. Unlike similar titles, which basically shared common sense things, this book offered insight into antiques dealers, who as a group sometimes seem an exclusive, tight-lipped, intimidating little club. It shares how dealers get great deals, what & where to buy, what to avoid, and most importantly how to acquire 'antiques on the cheap'. (One suggestion I liked: Buy boxes of miscellaneous stuff at an auction, ferret out the things you can fix up/ have some value and leave the rest behind as trash so you're not stuck with a lot of useless junk to cart home. Then before you leave the auction, go through whatever anyone else has left behind as their useless junk! Then it's free to you:) This is straight talk, from someone who's not afraid to share some of the 'dirty little secrets' of how antiques dealers' make their money. So if you want to be an antiques dealer-- or want to get nice things as cheaply as they do-- you'll like this book. This book inspired me to do a few little fixer-up projects myself-- with the book's suggestions-- and they turned out pretty darn good.
If you don't have a lot of money but you love old things, this book will help you find bargains and turn your finds into things of beauty. If you want to become a dealer with a very small investment this is the book for you! Learn to clean, buy, sell, or repair almost anything.