Antiques From Europe...Is It Really The "Goose That Layed the Golden Egg?"

Written by Michael Temple


Many dealers and auctioneers have been bringing container loads of antiques from Europe for years now. The lure of getting "fresh torepparttar market" antique furniture and "smalls" is something that can bring renewed excitement back into your antique business.

Buying antiques byrepparttar 147560 container load can be a mental "rush", but is itrepparttar 147561 business builder some have made it out to be?

Back in 1998, while I was still inrepparttar 147562 antique and estate auction and liquidation business, I decided to purchase a load of antique furniture and smalls and haverepparttar 147563 container shipped to my facility in New York State.

Iíll spare yourepparttar 147564 details of how exactly this is done during this article.

I receivedrepparttar 147565 load buy tractor trailer, and had friends help me unloadrepparttar 147566 container. It was packed full and tight, andrepparttar 147567 furniture was quite impressive to sayrepparttar 147568 least!

I was impressed byrepparttar 147569 high quality and good prices, and byrepparttar 147570 fact that I could haverepparttar 147571 load delivered right to my place of business.

There were twist leg oak hall trees, high relief wardrobes, dining room suits, chairs, bureaus, desks, marble top stands, dressers and much, much more. And that was justrepparttar 147572 furniture!

Insiderepparttar 147573 dressers and desks, there were smalls galore. Tucked inside one ofrepparttar 147574 dressers was a hand-stitched sampler from 1861. The sampler was done by a mother who had lost a child at birth, and it achieved a high price at auction. I was most impressed withrepparttar 147575 condition and quantity ofrepparttar 147576 smalls.

I have been in touch with auctioneers and dealers who have had both good and bad experiences with buying antiques in Europe. I have noticed that without exception,repparttar 147577 difference between a good experience and a bad one rested solely on who they actually did business with.

Those that did business withrepparttar 147578 same company that I did business had a great experience. Those that didnít had a difficult experience.

The Most Powerful Attribute in Antiques and Collectibles

Written by Michael Temple


What can increase your sales volume and make you more productive day in and day out? You've probably heard this three word statement that seperates those who wish they could do better,from those who really do.

Knowledge is power!

This three word statement is more than just a great philosophy. The more knowledge you have about antiques,repparttar higherrepparttar 147559 increase in your overall profitability...as long as you use that knowledge. Knowledge can literally make or break your antique business.

Here's a difficult lesson that was taught to a high-minded museum by a shrewd, savvy antique buyer with knowledge.

I love this story! It vividly illustratesrepparttar 147560 difference between knowing and being inrepparttar 147561 dark about antiques and their value. I was browing in an antique shop a number of years ago, when I struck up a conversation withrepparttar 147562 owner. We talked about incredible finds that we had stumbled across overrepparttar 147563 years. Her story topped anything that I had ever done...hands down!

It all started when she attendedrepparttar 147564 last day of a weekend sale at a local museum. It seems thatrepparttar 147565 museum was desiring to remodel, and they were attempting to raise needed funds by selling off some antiques that had been found inrepparttar 147566 carriage barn that stood onrepparttar 147567 property. Obviously, she was not expecting to see anything spectacular because she assumed thatrepparttar 147568 sale would be "cherry-picked".

And then it happened!

While walking throughrepparttar 147569 sale, she discovered a large painting with a faded gold frame. Something aboutrepparttar 147570 painting looked strangely familiar, and she thought to herself, "I've seen that in a history book somewhere."

She quickly ran to her vehicle and poured over several large painting identification books that she had brought with her from her personal library. After taking 10 minutes to research, she was almost positive that this painting was a rare item indeed. She went back inside, and with a few minutes left inrepparttar 147571 sale, she wrote a personal check for $125. and loaded it into her station wagon.

Life took a sudden and drastic turn...forrepparttar 147572 better!

Upon arriving home, she began to dig deeper with her research tools. She "burnedrepparttar 147573 midnight oil", and as morning broke, her heart was beating faster as she came torepparttar 147574 realization that this painting was something very special.

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