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Antiques on the Cheap: A Savvy Dealer's Tips: Buying, Restoring, Selling

Antiques on the Cheap: A Savvy Dealer's Tips: Buying, Restoring, Selling

by James W. McKenzie


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Get the inside scoop on every aspect of antiquing - buying, cleaning, repairing, embellishing, refinishing, restoring, and selling. You'll find expert advice for getting great deals at auctions, flea markets, and shops, and you'll learn how to spot items that can be repaired to increase their value. Advice for selling antiques at flea markets, on consignment, and in shops is included.

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ISBN-13: 9781580170734
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/09/2011
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 1,102,716
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

James W. McKenzie is a self-employed antique dealer and restorer who has more than 20 years of experience working in various antique businesses and has put much know-how advice into his book Antiques on the Cheap. He has had 27 years of hands-on experience in restoration work and selling and currently restores American art pottery for other dealers. James has been married for 35 years to his wife, Wanda, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He lives in West Virginia.

Table of Contents


Part I: Buying

1 Taking the Mystery out of Auctions
2 Other Sources of Merchandise
3 What You Shouldn't Buy
4 What You Should Buy
5 Getting Good Things for Nothing

Part II: Improving

6 Cleaning Wood Furniture
7 Marbleizing and Other Trick Finishes
8 If You Absolutely Must Strip
9 Refinishing
10 Trunk Restoration for the Amateur
11 Tricks for Cleaning Silver and Brass

Part III: Fixing

12 Mending Chipped and Broken Pottery
13 No-Sew Lampshade Re-covering
14 Renovating and Converting Lamps
15 Resurrecting Frames and Mirrors
16 Furniture Repair for People with Few Tools

Part IV: Selling

17 Where to Sell
18 How to Get and Keep Customers
19 Pricing Your Merchandise
20 Some Basics of Business

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