Unless you're completely devoted to minimalism, you probably have lots of different collections in your home. You might have an impressive array of shoes or love the work of a certain artist. You might also fawn over old books or buy antique jewelry whenever you see it at a local shop or yard sale. We all have different items to which we're drawn (and are often unable to resist). But for many of us, antiques win out over all other collectibles. In today's post, we'll discuss a few reasons as to why this might be -- and why you might want to consider selling your own antiques if they aren't bringing you joy.
What Are the Reasons Some People Collect Antiques?
- The Sense of History: Whether an antique is passed down from generation to generation or an item finds its way to you through different means, many collectors love to delve into the history of a given object. In fact, that's often what draws them to start collecting certain items in the first place. There may be a sentimental connection, which is often the case with family heirlooms, or there may be a fascination with a given period in history. But no matter what, there's always a story to learn when you inherit or buy antiques.
- The Thrill of the Chase: Many collectors specifically go after sought-after articles for the excitement that comes along with the process. They might have alerts set on eBay or scour antique shops all across the country in search of a special piece. It might be a rare or highly valuable item for which they're willing to pay a hefty sum. After all, the words for "silver" and "money" are the same in at least 14 languages, so it makes sense that buying antique sterling and other precious items might cost quite a bit. But these collectors aren't prone to buying just any piece that crosses their path; instead, they'll hunt for their "white whale" until they're able to add it to their inventory.
- The Love of an Aesthetic: Most antique lovers have a certain style to which they gravitate. They may collect items from different time periods or pieces made by different artisans, but they'll generally have one major aesthetic that defines their collection. Some collectors might love sterling trays and other practical articles from the early 1900s, while others love the look of ceramics from the 1920s through the 1960s. By sticking to one distinctive look, it's possible to create a collection with a feel that's unique to that individual and that improves the decor of a historic home or even a modern apartment.
If I Have an Antique Collection That I Don't Use, What Should I Do?
Sometimes, people end up amassing impressive collections and later realizing that they aren't being put to good use. Maybe your lifestyle has evolved or you've inherited several pieces that simply aren't a good fit for your personal taste. If these antiques are no longer a match for you, they might still bring a lot of joy to someone else.
In this scenario, it's a good idea to sell your antiques to a dealer. By choosing to sell your valuables to someone who understands their worth, you'll avoid having these pieces sit around in a donations store or end up in the trash. They should find a new home where they'll be loved and cherished for years to come. And when you sell your antiques to dealers, you'll know you'll be fetching a fair price and that these items will be purchased by someone who will see them for the treasures they are.
Ready to sell your antiques that you no longer use? We're here to help. For more information on how to buy or sell your antiques through Nelson and Nelson, please contact us today.