The Most Powerful Attribute in Antiques and Collectibles

Written by Michael Temple

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The next morning, after more phone calls and cross-checking, she gingerly loadedrepparttar painting and took it to a temperature controlled vault inrepparttar 147559 same city where she urchased it. This $125. painting later sold for several million dollars at a major auction house, and this woman's financial future was changed in dramatic fashion literally overnight.

The museum curator was appalled, overwhelmed and completely flabbergasted!

Imagine that you arerepparttar 147560 curator of this museum, and you placedrepparttar 147561 $125. price tag on this million dollar painting! This tag sale had been held to raise money for projects aroundrepparttar 147562 museum. Ifrepparttar 147563 curator had only possessedrepparttar 147564 knowledge to even "check it out",repparttar 147565 outcome could have been far more positive forrepparttar 147566 establishment that he represented!

Knowledge and research made allrepparttar 147567 difference.

Aside fromrepparttar 147568 curator, think of allrepparttar 147569 antique dealers, collectors and enthusiasts that had toured this weekend-long tag sale. Here was an item that could change their entire lives financially, and they walked right on by. any one of them could have soldrepparttar 147570 painting, bankedrepparttar 147571 money, and just "fiddled" around with antiques instead of trying to make a living from them. Andrepparttar 147572 difference was knowledge!

How to get antique knowledge.

Withrepparttar 147573 advent ofrepparttar 147574 Internet, research is easier to do, andrepparttar 147575 knowledge is much easier to come by. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of sites that are dedicated to various collectibles, art and antiques.

Visitingrepparttar 147576 library all day, once a month can be one ofrepparttar 147577 best ways to increase your knowledge of antique items. The library is still one ofrepparttar 147578 most untapped resources for gaining expertise on a variety of antique subjects. Talk torepparttar 147579 librarian, ask questions, and dig! The human mind is like a sponge, and someday you may need what you are learning today.

A methodical approach toward research and gaining knowledge can pay huge dividends in your antique world. It'srepparttar 147580 secret that can make a huge impact inrepparttar 147581 buying decisions that you make!

Michael Temple is a retired antique auctioneer and author of "Buying Fresh Antiques - 16 Ways to Increase Your Opportunities...No Matter Where You Live!" He owns Antique Power Dealer, a popular web site frequented by dealers and collectors. Antique Power Dealer

Where Antiques Originate and How You Can Find Them

Written by Michael Temple

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Where will you spend your "prime-time?"

Knowing these two fundamental truths about where antiques originate, begs a big question. Knowing that antiques originate in people's homes, and that antiques are most likely to reside in older people's homes, where will you be attempting to spend a majority of your prime time? It tooks me years to understandrepparttar following principles.

1. To buy more fresh antiques you have to see more antiques.

2. To see more antiques, you must look at more household accumulations on a consistant basis.

3. To accomplish this, you simply must get into more people's homes whererepparttar 147442 antiques originate.

Knowing and understanding these principles will put you light years ahead of your competition! Believe me, I know antique dealers and collectors, and most of them find their antiques through one of only 5 methods. They find them through garage / estate sales, auctions, "goodwill" type stores, flea markets and "pickers".

Knowing and understandrepparttar 147443 above principles will help you to focus on where you will findrepparttar 147444 most people's homes.

If you want to be incredibly successful, you have to go whererepparttar 147445 antiques originate. It's time to focus on that and only that! That focus will take you farther than you ever thought possible!

Michael Temple is a retired auctioneer, and author of the e-book "Buying Fresh Antiques - 16 Ways to Increase Your Opportunities...No Matter Where You Live!" His web site "Antique Power Dealer" ( is a popular antique dealer web site.

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