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[Misc] Buying and selling antiquities (and stuff)

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Swansman

Pro-peace
May 13, 2019
21,363
Sweden
Anyone into this?

Always when I see some TV show where they say "yeah, I bought this for nowt" and the expert (don't know what they're called) say "well it is chinese ebony made by a one-legged dwarf in 1843 and worth lots of plenty of massive ca$h money, bitches", I sort of think I want to start buying things for nothing and selling them very expensively.

But how do you get into this sort of thing? Is there some guides on the internet or something where you can find out what every single object ever made is and where it came from and what its worth etc? I sometimes wander around in Second Hand-stores and see some object and think "yeah maybe I could profit on this" but how would I know? Is there some way to study this properly?
 


Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
Oct 8, 2003
40,678
Faversham
Have a chat with this expert.

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amexer

Members
Aug 8, 2011
4,956
Years ago as a hobby purchased things I thought were value at auction and resold them at another sale. N o way is that possible now 15/20% plus vat selling fees and same with buying fees. Now have to get 50% more to get money back.
 

macbeth

Dismembered
Jan 3, 2018
2,777
six feet beneath the moon...
my grandmother is really into this. she uses a lot of local Facebook groups where people list old furniture for other to upcycle mostly. she also spends a lot of time in France, where she visits the dépôt-ventes, old warehouses full of second hand antique stuff, not sure what the equivalent in Sweden would be but they tend to be more furniture-based than your average second had shops
 

Swansman

Pro-peace
May 13, 2019
21,363
Sweden
Have a chat with this expert.

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Did he write some guide to art of naffness or something..?
my grandmother is really into this. she uses a lot of local Facebook groups where people list old furniture for other to upcycle mostly. she also spends a lot of time in France, where she visits the dépôt-ventes, old warehouses full of second hand antique stuff, not sure what the equivalent in Sweden would be but they tend to be more furniture-based than your average second had shops
Yeah we have sort of the same thing here I think, though furniture is a bit wonky for a non-driver like me. More likely to go into glasses and porcelaine (or whatever porslin might be called in English) and other things that are a bit easier to handle.
 

macbeth

Dismembered
Jan 3, 2018
2,777
six feet beneath the moon...
Did he write some guide to art of naffness or something..?

Yeah we have sort of the same thing here I think, though furniture is a bit wonky for a non-driver like me. More likely to go into glasses and porcelaine (or whatever porslin might be called in English) and other things that are a bit easier to handle.
yep, she's reliant on my grandfather driving her to the furniture stores, but often on the Facebook groups you can find people willing to drop the furniture off to you for an extra tenner. with regards to porcelain and glass, we recently had to sort out a lot of my great uncles crystalware collection after he passed away. we ended up just giving it to an auction house, and you tend to find that stuff in full sets as opposed to just a couple of glasses, as it was much easier to give it to the auction house and let them deal with it, so I'd look there. and there's always ebay
 


AmexRuislip

Longing for retirement.
Feb 2, 2014
30,996
Ruislip
Anyone into this?

Always when I see some TV show where they say "yeah, I bought this for nowt" and the expert (don't know what they're called) say "well it is chinese ebony made by a one-legged dwarf in 1843 and worth lots of plenty of massive ca$h money, bitches", I sort of think I want to start buying things for nothing and selling them very expensively.

But how do you get into this sort of thing? Is there some guides on the internet or something where you can find out what every single object ever made is and where it came from and what its worth etc? I sometimes wander around in Second Hand-stores and see some object and think "yeah maybe I could profit on this" but how would I know? Is there some way to study this properly?
I thought this was a thread on the Hughton years :shrug:
 


happypig

Staring at the rude boys
May 23, 2009
7,622
Eastbourne
Only advice I can offer is know your subject, if you don't then someone who does will come along and rinse you.

For example, Mrs H used to collect old postcards years ago and a while back she decided to sell them on Ebay. She learned what sold for good money and what didn't (Old photo postcards sell well). Fast forward a couple of years and a local auction house had a bundle of reasonable postcards up guided at £10-£20. I stuck in a bid of £20 as a punt, won as the only bid and flogged them individually for about £200.
 

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