Deciding what collectibles interest you is the first step in becoming a collector. You can collect anything from sports cards, coins, stamps, toys, glassware, model airplanes, salt and pepper shakers or piggy banks – the list is endless.
When looking for collectibles, the most important you want to consider is the condition of the item – it is the determining factor of the item’s value. At the same time, if you come across an item that is in less than mint condition, it is still worthwhile for you to buy it if you like it – collecting is not always about making profit down the road.
Some collectors believe that having the original box for the item will make the item more valuable, which it does. However, you shouldn’t turn down a good deal on a valuable collectible just because it doesn’t have the box.
To a collector of antiques, the condition of a piece is even more important, although when you see a piece that is in mint condition you may be concerned about whether or not it is actually an antique. Therefore, you want to protect yourself against paying too much for a piece that may have less than original parts.
When looking for an antique, you want to make sure there hasn’t been a piece added to it if it is furniture or that it has been doctored or altered. There are so many aspects in identifying an antique piece of furniture because sometimes people are not very honest and may not tell you if the piece has been altered.
There is a lot of new production antique hardware that looks old and there is a product that you can dip the hardware in to make it look old. If you know how to identify what is original and what is refinished, what is authentic and what is reproduction, you can use the knowledge to bargain for a better price.
When you visit the Queensville Antique Mall at 20091 Woodbine Ave. in Queensville, you will find a wide selection of collectibles and antiques at competitive prices and the knowledgeable staff will help you find that special item.