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Questions to Ask Antique Dealers

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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    22301 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
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    "Cindy, the owner is know for her expertize in antiques-very confident and knows what she is talking about.The store is very clean and is decorated very nicely.I would recommend this shop for its fair prices and very courteous service. Sincerely,Peter G. Garruto Annopolis,Maryland. ..."
    Silverman Galleries Antiques & Antique Jewelry Write review for this local business
    110 N Saint Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 836-5363  
    Our business specializes in antiques, antique jewelry and much more. We carry a wide line of earrings, pendants, vintage, rings and more jewelry to offer.
    Sharon's Antiques Write review for this local business
    5597 Seminary Rd Apt #208, Falls Church, VA 22041
    (202) 316-2528  
    We sell China Fin Art, Chinese drawings, vases, wood crafts, and many other antiques related to China. For any of your Chinese antique needs, come to us.
    The Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse Inc Write review for this local business
    57 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 265-0587  
    Logans Antiques Write review for this local business
    3118 Mount Pleasant St NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20010
    (202) 483-2428  
    Brass Knob Architectural Antiques The Write review for this local business
    2311 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 332-3370  
    Mom N' Pop Antiques Write review for this local business
    3534 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
    (202) 722-0719  
    A & A Art & Frame Write review for this local business
    1145 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 861-5820  
    Good Wood Inc Write review for this local business
    1428 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 986-3640  
    Ruff & Ready Furnishings Write review for this local business
    1908 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 667-7833  
    Diner Gallery Art & Antiques Write review for this local business
    1730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 483-5005  
    Millennium Decorative Arts Write review for this local business
    1528 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 483-1218  
    Vernon Vogt Antiques Write review for this local business
    555 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
    (202) 207-7301  
    Second Story Books & Antiques Write review for this local business
    2000 P St NW # FRNT, Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 659-8884  
    Two Lions Antiques & Interiors Write review for this local business
    507 11th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
    (202) 546-5466  
    Antique Flea Market Write review for this local business
    1515 Half St SW, Washington, DC 20024
    (888) 974-5494  
    Sands of Time Antiquities Write review for this local business
    3003 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 342-0518  
    Antiques of Georgetown Write review for this local business
    3210 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 965-1165  
    Cherub Antiques Gallery Write review for this local business
    2918 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 337-2224  
    Oliver Dunn Write review for this local business
    1657 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 338-7410  
    Marston Luce Antiques Write review for this local business
    1651 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 333-6800  
    Bell David Write review for this local business
    1655 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 965-2355  
    Moss & Co Write review for this local business
    1659 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 337-0540  

    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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