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Tips for Antiques and Collections

Tips for Antiques and Collections
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5. Make sure you can see and display the things you love. If you have too much, many objects will wind up languishing in storage.

6. Move things around. You’ll get a new appreciation for them. You get used to looking at things where they are, and after a while you no longer see them.

7. Be careful of color combinations when you display your antiques. Make sure things actually go together. It’s okay to mix contemporary with old, though — it can create a distinctive and refreshing effect.

8. Try not to scatter collection items throughout the house. They’ll be more attractive and orderly looking if presented together.

9. Avoid cramming items together, though. Try to keep a clean look, letting your special items show themselves off while not overwhelming the eye.

10. Insure valuable items, listing them individually.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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3 Responses to Tips for Antiques and Collections

  1. sandy hopkins January 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    The article is excellent, but I would like a more in depth article.
    Maybe in a future issue?

  2. Karen Baker January 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    If the company that makes what you collect still exists, such as Fenton, check to see if they have a website. Often, you can sign up for a free newsletter online, that will tell you of any shows or exhibits coming up, also, tell you what pieces are worth and the history behind them.
    Check libraries. You’d be amazed, at the number of books are written about practically anything from furniture to glassware to toys to tools that can be collected! If you find one book particularly helpful, regarding price and worth and info on condition and care, it might be worth seeing if you can buy a copy at a bookstore or online.

  3. Ann LeBlanc February 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Can anyone recommend a reputable dealer that would give a fair price on items to be sold? I know there are many dealers out there, but I don’t know how to find one. Thank you..

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