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Collecting antiques often requires some knowledge about the appraised value of vintage objects, as well as the authenticity. The age, overall condition, and rarity of a glass table, piece of furniture or antique toy can certainly have an impact on its value. In other words, when you are in an antique store or shop, you should ask the dealer some specific questions in order to learn more. A few of these helpful inquiries are listed below.

  • What antiques and vintage clothing do you offer?
    Knowing what products the dealer offers is crucial, so you can determine if the store sells what you want. This can range from jewelry, to artistic pottery, to classic dolls, to grandfather clocks.

  • What was the item appraised at?
    It is helpful to learn more about the appraisal value of the glass lamp, teak table, gold ring, or old book set you are interested in. This way you will be less likely to overpay. After all, there are other antique shops and stores you can visit to learn more and compare prices.

  • How rare is the antique or vintage item?
    Depending on the gun, map, chair or desk you are interested in, the number produced is often important when determining the value of the object. Obviously, rarer items are worth more money.

  • What does the item cost?
    Various pieces of furniture, pottery, mirrors, and collectable dolls will be available at different rates. If you are like most collectors, the sale price is very important. After all, a different dealer or shop may offer the same antique for a lower price.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   ANTIQUE-DEALERS IN/NEAR SANTA BARBARA
    Cabana Home
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    111 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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    Cabana Home offers a highly edited and sophisticated selection of Carpet, Broadloom, and Rugs. A unique experience awaits the Customer upon entering the Design Studio at Cabana Home, where you'll find a carefully selected presentation of Wool, Linen, and Nylon Carpets in textures and patterns.

    "I was so pleased to know that one of my favorite stores is also in the Drapery business. Cabana Home employs the same high level of customer service that they are known for, and they never cease to amaze me with their style and taste. The selction of fabrics was amazning, and the sevice was promt, the price accurate, and the workmanship was beaufitul! The also did my natural woven blinds as well ..."
    Aunt Teek's Consignment House Write review for this local business
    14078 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
    (818) 784-3341  
    If you are looking for the best Antique Shops in Santa Barbara, then you have found it! We are top notch Antique Dealers and have an assortment of dolls, old guns, maps, and furniture. If you are in Santa Barbara or near by stop by to see what we have.
    Los Angeles Gold & Silver
    2 reviews: *****
    427 N Camden Dr Ste F, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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    "Excellent service. I was thrilled that they spent time to look over my coin collection. I received more than I had expected. I would definitely recommend them to friends. ..."
    Antiques Etc Write review for this local business
    521 STATE ST, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101
    (805) 882-0031  
    Antique Alley Write review for this local business
    706 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 962-3944  
    Lewis & Clark Write review for this local business
    1116 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 962-0224  
    James Main Fine Art Write review for this local business
    27 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 962-8347  
    Architectural Antique & Salvage Co Write review for this local business
    726 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 965-2446  
    Mermaid's Chest The Write review for this local business
    16 Helena Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 966-1915  
    Desire Write review for this local business
    1437 San Andres St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 845-4526  
    Paris Street Boutique Write review for this local business
    1221 State Street, Unit 7, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 568-0473  
    Punch Interiors Write review for this local business
    1223 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 730-1307  
    Antica Furnishings Inc Write review for this local business
    133 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 845-1285  
    All Metal Prices Write review for this local business
    1103 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 963-1345  
    Livernois Robert Art & Antiques Write review for this local business
    533 Brinkerhoff Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 962-4247  
    Zuujit Write review for this local business
    203 Chapala St Ste C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 966-7200  
    Arlington Treasures Write review for this local business
    1324 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 845-0100  
    Treasures Write review for this local business
    1209 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 560-6856  
    Antica Gallery Write review for this local business
    133 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 845-1286  
    Magpie Write review for this local business
    1324 State St Ste C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 965-1888  
    Cota Judy Write review for this local business
    1512 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 965-2446  
    Main Antiques & Books Write review for this local business
    23458 Po Box, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
    (805) 962-7710  
    Pacific Stove Works Write review for this local business
    130 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
    (805) 962-0967  

    If you find you have a real eye for antiques, you may consider becoming a dealer. You'll work directly with stores and auction houses to collect high quality and rare pieces for sale. You'll appraise vintage items like furniture, clothing, and jewelry for various shops.

    There's no actual education requirement to become and antique dealer. You must understand antiques and market values though, so courses are available through various colleges to help you understand these better. You may also take courses from technical institutes that specialize in this field. Many courses on how-to appraise are available online.

    Probably the most important skill you can have as a dealer is the art of customer service. You will need to make and keep contacts with industry professionals as well as entice customers with your abilities. You will need to be on tops of collecting trends (i.e. glass top tables, emerald rings, cuckoo clocks, etc.), what's hot at the moment, and know where to get the piece for a decent price. If maps, toy dolls, and guns are popular at auction, they'll often fetch higher prices for the house that's selling them. If your customer is looking for glass lamp-work, books by Charles Dickens, or 19th century pottery, then you should be able to advise them accordingly. Furniture (i.e. chairs, desks, mirrors, tables, etc.) are almost always popular and you should be able to "schmooze" your way into getting your customer the best deal.



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