Collections of antiques and collectibles have a special meaning and presence in the world of
mundane individual items can take on new
meaning and significance when placed in the context of a well-focused and thoughtfully assembled collection,
whatever the main focus of that collection is.
Antique collections can
be used to demonstrate how a particular idea or object evolved through
its different stages of development, or as a powerful and interesting
visual design statement, or simply as a means of preserving a portion of
our heritage for future generations to enjoy, view, and learn from.
Over the years we
have bought and sold numerous collections of antiques from all over the
from tool collections, collections of irons and
laundry-related antiques, collections of antique pencil sharpeners, a
collection of antique hotel / call bells, several collections of
antique sewing machines, bootjack collections, collections of patent models, salesman
sample stove collections and more.
We have also helped
sell portions several large antique collections and other collections in their
entirety for collectors downsizing or refocusing their collections after years of enjoying
their collections. We have also provided our services to the heirs if the collector waited too long
as happens all too often.
We are experienced and well
positioned to take on the task and the considerable work involved in
properly dealing with this sort of endeavor.
At every imaginable venue, antique shows, antique shops,
auctions, etc. where quality
antiques use to be offered there
is now nameless insignificant stuff that's not even as old as
I am, and junk that is simply ordered new from catalogs being offered
up as antiques and collectibles.
Or the newest rage, things, or assemblages of nameless unimportant stuff offered
as antiques, or "repurposed nothing" they call antiques.
We have come to the
conclusion, and now reluctantly admit, and truly believe, that the vast majority of
quality antiques we are interested in are already in collections around
General line auctions around the country,
where great antiques and stuff use to routinely show up, are now full of
nameless insignificant fill and fluff.
We have heard this refrain from dealers
and collectors alike ever since we have been involved with the antiques
business. That it was all gone, and there was nothing left. That is going on 30 some plus years now. We use to
chuckle as old-timers complained about how it was all gone while we were still buying and selling some great stuff back in the 80's and early 90's.
You just had to work a bit harder.
Sadly, we now we feel that it has finally come to be
true for most antiques, and is certainly true for those types of
antiques that are of primary interest to us. The supply of
true antiques, as they use to be gathered, or acquired, has about dried up.
The days of quality antiques, and "good stuff"
coming out of the attic or being dug out of the basement or garage are
Over the years we have consistently bought the
majority of our best and favorite antiques out of
and from private collectors, individuals, and fellow dealers around the
country who recognized the significance of the piece a long time ago. The common thread is that the vast majority of the great pieces
that come to market today always seem to come from older collections or
accumulations purposefully assembled over the
are actively seeking to help you sell large or small collections of
antiques specifically related to those categories that are of interest
to us. We are helping several consignors sell good condition,
quality antiques and collections of antiques on our sales pages at
It Works, and it is a Win / Win for all involved.
Collections of antiques
oftentimes need to be dispersed in a different way from that in which they
originally assembled, and it takes a special knowledge and acumen to
properly catalog, identify, appreciate, and properly redistribute some
of these larger collections of antiques.
For example, a broad tool
collection, or a collection of diverse office antiques could well hold
more significance and interest when broken down and re-focused or re-assembled upon
specific segments or themes. For example, say just the woodworking planes within a
large antique tool collection, or the mechanical pencil sharpeners or typewriters from a collection that was focused
generally on office antiques. The same end retail buyer is almost certainly
not going to be interested in buying both the collection of antique
electric fans, and
pencil sharpeners that one collector of office related antiques assembled.
Certainly not at anything approaching retail prices. A dealer
might show interest, but it would be at pennies on the dollar of the
actual retail value, and in many instances that general line "antique" dealer would have no idea as to
the actual value of the individual better pieces in the collection.
Another consideration is
that in any collection there is always a small percentage of the whole
that is much more desirable or valuable than the bulk---this can't be avoided given
the nature of collecting and rarity or value of the given pieces in a
collection. A general rule of thumb, for valuing most collections of antiques is the 80-20
rule where 80% of the value is amassed in just 20% of the volume.
This is an important concept to understand when you call somebody in to
buy a collection and they show interest in just a few things. In
the trade it is referred to as getting creamed, or creaming the
collection, and you do not want it
to happen to you unless you know you are getting top dollar for that
small portion of the collection you are being asked to sell.
We are willing to take and sell
the good, the bad, (or the more common) and everything in between in order to acquire
key pieces of the collection as part of a package deal. This arrangement works to the
benefit of the owner / seller who is not
faced with the dreaded task of what to do with the "fluff" or lesser
items that are always left over after the top pieces from a collection are sold.
take on the task of how to categorize and then disperse the different aspects of a collection
when it encompasses different categories as well. Another
Take for example the iron
and laundry collection that we handled which included over 3,000
or sad irons and laundry related antiques. There were also over 60
full size washing machines, 200 or more washboards, and 1000 or so
trivets included in this collection. This collection was so large
and diverse it had to be
carefully sorted and inventoried and then strategically broken down and
re-distributed into a number of smaller collections before it could be
resold. The sheer size of this collection made it unmanageable to
the typical buyer, collector, dealer or even auctioneer to deal with as a whole.
We carefully inventoried,
sorted, identified, cleaned, and categorized the different segments of
this massive collection, and then carefully and methodically distributed
most of it back into other more focused and smaller collections.
By analyzing which items should be sold at which venues we were able to
resell this collection for full maximum benefit. Some
pieces sold for as little as a $1 or less and other antique irons sold individually for
thousands of dollars. The theory was to enhance the value of the upper end
items by not "diluting" their value by selling them in the same venue
and at the same time as
the lower end more common items. It was quite an
undertaking, but worked out well.
entire endeavor including an auction 2,000 miles away and the entire
collection's dispersal was accomplished
in a little over 6 months. Selling other collections has taken longer, and should, and
each collection should be handled according what is the best way, not
just what is
fastest in order to realize full value. This concept is all
about the downsides of dispersing a collection like this at auction in
one, two or even three days. It might be quick, and works out well
for the auctioneer, who will put in a lot of work, but guaranteed, a lot
of money that could have ended up in your pocket will be left behind.
We are interested helping you sell or
buying antiques and
antique collections, be
they large or small,
diverse or tightly focused. Entire collections, as well as partial
segments of antique collections or even special individual pieces from
Of course you could
call the local auctioneer to do this, but it has been at some of those
auctions that we have acquired some of our best pieces at very
reasonable prices due to a lack of proper marketing or recognition of
the importance of select parts of a collection.
you have any interesting antiques or a collection similar to what I have pictured on this
or other pages you want to sell please contact me by email at
LCM@AntiqBuyer.com. If you are not able to send emails call me at 530-748-7297.
To see examples of the
caliber, condition and quality antiques that we have
sold in the past, and want to help you sell please visit the past sales
archives through the links at the right.
To see related antiques
that I have for sale now please go to our sister site
visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole