I feel lower than a bow-legged caterpillar. Lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut. Lower than an ankle bracelet on a flat-footed pygmy. Just down right low. I’ve done the unimaginable; the inexcusable. My entire collectibles collection―the Civil War relics, antique bottles, Native American artifacts, coins and currency, and WW2 pieces―has been boxed away in the dark, inescapable confines of plastic storage containers and cardboard boxes.Read more
While the value of an antique or collectible ultimately comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it, figuring out how much that should be isn’t as straightforward as people might imagine. Why? Because an antique or collectible has three different values: its auction value, its retail value, and its insurance value. Let’s break down the differences between the three. Read more
One of the most rewarding aspects of collecting, is sharing your passion for what you collect with others. Sharing comes in many forms, whether it be on social media, online forums, collectible shows, trade publications, clubs, or simply sharing what you love with friends and family. Most people show genuine interest in what you have to share and are happy to indulge you. On the other hand, we’ve all encountered people that are quick to offer less than flattering opinions about you and/or what you’ve chosen to collect. Read more
My good friend, Charles, now in his 80’s, was faced with a gut-wrenching choice several years ago. Having passionately collected Civil War artifacts for more than 70 years, his attention was turned to the question of what would happen to his beloved collection after he died. Like Charles, many collectors can spend a lifetime amassing a collection, but pay little attention to what will happen to it after they’re gone. Read more
Hello everyone. Mitchell here to give you an update on all the work we’ve put into the latest version of RelicRecord to get it ready and out the door. Will and I are excited to get this version out to our loyal customers and hope you find it useful in managing your collection!
If your collectibles were lost, damaged, or stolen, would they be covered by insurance?
When asked this question, most people would emphatically respond, “Yes, of course it is.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Most collectors wrongly assume that their collection is adequately or wholly covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy. Read more
Despite what TV created pickers, flippers, and pawn stars would lead you to believe, investing in antiques and collectibles is not as easy as it looks. While I do not consider myself an expert in the area of collectible investments, I have learned a few things that have worked (and not worked) for me. Here are my 6 tips for investing in the antique and collectible markets. Read more
For many collectors, eBay is a collectible wonderland, full of interesting items representing just about every collector’s favorite genre. But don’t be fooled, eBay is also a breeding ground for scammers preying on the unsuspecting collector. Even experienced collectors and well-seasoned eBayers are taken for a ride from time-to-time.
I’m not sure any developer (or creative person for that matter) is ever fully “ready” to showcase their work; putting it out there for people to consume. There are always feelings of wanting to add more to this or make adjustments to that before anyone sees your work. At some point however, you have to release it into the wild. If not, it will never be of use to others or evolve past your own narrow vision.
When it comes to negotiating the asking price of an antique, most dealers expect it. Now that’s not to say that every dealer likes it; but again, they expect it. In fact, most dealers have already accounted for what they’re willing to let go in a negotiation by adding extra margin into their asking price.
Keep in mind, however, there are dealers who will not negotiate. Some may attractively price their wares to sell from the start, while others just don’t like to haggle. If you go to enough shows, you’ll quickly learn which dealers have a reputation for sticking to their prices. Knowing this going in, you won’t get caught off guard when they don’t budge on price.