Things to know when selling!!!!

I ofter receive phone calls from people trying to sell there antiques. I love the buying part of this business but it can be sometimes frustrating and the main reason is “A lot of people have no idea what they have.”

I don’t just mean no idea of the value, No?? cant even tell me what it is made of, used for or how they got it. I sometimes think there are a lot of people out there who are half a sleep. I wounder how they manage in day to day life?

These phone conversations can be both fun and frustrating and one day I will have to wright a book about them. Some examples I get more often than others. I think #1 go’s something like this.

Phone rings………

Me:  “Good morning, Sarasota Antiques, this is Robert, How can I help you?”
Southern Man:”This the antique store?”
Me: “Yes Sir, How can I help you?”
Southern Man:”What?”
Me: (Louder and slower) Yes Sir, How can I help you?
Southern Man:”What?”  What did you say? You ain’t from around here?”
(50% of the time this statement is followed by “SON”  IE: “You ain’t from around here, are you SON?”) Some might find this threatening but over the phone from an older person, who probably cant run as fast as I can. It just makes me smile.)
Me: “No but I have lived in Sarasota for over 30 years. Are you looking to sell something?”
Southern Man:”where you out of?”
Me: “Sorry”
Southern Man:”What?…….. Wher’d you come from?…….Before?”
Me: ” Oh, London I was born in central London”
Southern Man:”OK England? Do you know the McFaderns? There from over there, Edinburgh? I think.”
Me: (now realizing this conversation could go on for several hours decide to not raise to the bait. Knowing full well that there are over 70milion people living in England and Edinburgh is in Scotland??? But that’s another Blog) “No sorry, I have been in Sarasota a long time, in the Antique business over 30 years. Now how can I help you ??”
Southern Man:”Well, I have these things, I got them from…. Well I have had them a long time…… Got them from????? My mother I think? but she got them from….. Well it must have been her mother or was it her aunt. Let me think. We had them when I moved to Florida? or did we go get them after mother passed?”
(Knowing this could go on for several minutes I interrupt.)
Me: “OK, sounds interesting. What are the they?”
Southern Man:”I don’t know”
(This always makes me lough. Make me think about check out at grocery store, “Paper or plastic” I DON’T KNOW!!!!!!)
Me: “Well can you describe the things to me?”
Southern Man: “Well they are in the garage, in boxes. I’m getting set to go back north, don’t want to take all this stuff back with me. When can you come and look???”
Me: “Well I normally try and find out what the items are before I drive all over Gods green earth. But why don’t you tell me where you live and If it close, well maybe.”
Southern Man: “I live in central Florida about 2hrs from Sarasota.”
Me: “Well before I drive for 2hrs, can you go to the garage and open some of the boxes. Maybe give me some idea of what it is I am coming to see?”
Southern Man: ” I thought you would just come and go though them with me. If you want you can buy the stuff and if it’s nothing, put it out to the street for the trash people”
Me: “Well, while that sounds like a wonderful idea, I don’t think it will fit into my schedule.”
Southern Man: ” Ok”  Hangs Up……………………..

Truth is if he had been just down the street I probably would have gone. But 2hrs drive to move trash to the street seemed a bit much. I often wonder WHAT WAS IN THE BOXES?????

I think what I am trying to say is, if you want me to invest time in looking at your items for sale. Please invest some of your time in knowing what they are or trying to describe them. Some times the best way to do this is to send some photos. This can be ether by Email or Text a photo. I am happy to look and try to help.

Thanks for looking at my Blog hope you have a wonderful day. If you are looking to sell give me a call or send me an Email.

All the best

Robert.
Sarasota Antiques
Email is   ukfurniture@aol.comYou can Phone or Text to (941) 809-2388

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The Signs of a Valuable Antique

Tiffany silver set of flatware

You’re going buy some furniture and accessories, so why not buy something that can hold its value. Antiques often have a greater chance of keeping there value than new machine-made items. Also, antiques add character, history, and warmth to your house.
Whether you are buying antiques because of their beauty, or because you are hoping that they will hold their value, the best rule is to buy what you like — and to keep your “RADAR” out for values. RADAR is an acronym
Rarity
Aesthetics
Desirability
Authenticity
Really great condition.
When you find an antique that meets these five criteria, you’ve probably found an item that’s likely to hold and possibly appreciate as the years go by.

If your buying or selling it is always best to goto a reputable dealer. Remember if its to good to be true it probably is. I cant tell you how many times I have heard “Well in New York I could get lots more” If that truly is the case then I know I would take it to New York.
Have fun hunting for that special treasure and good luck.

Meissen figurine Taylor on goat171 Painter 41 Gustav Franz

To find out more information on the photos go to Sarasota Antique Mall

Silver flatware set by Tiffany

Meissen Figerine circa 1790

What are Antiques?

Over the years I have bought thousands of Antiques. In-fact today I am still looking and buying antiques. My business survives on buying. If I don’t buy I cant sell and if I don’t sell then I go out of business. Having now stated the obvious lets get on with the real problem. What is an Antique? This may to some be a retarded question, but I don’t think it is. I think there is a lot of confusion out there about antiques. I think the thing is we all have our own standard. Some might say, “Well an Antique has to be over 100 years old” others may say, “something that isn’t made any longer” the webster dictionary has it as.
1. Existing since or belonging to earlier times
2. Being in the style or fashion of former times
3. Made in or representative of the work of an earlier period

I don’t think any of these disruptions are wrong but I don’t think they fully explain what an antique is ether. The truth is that each of us have our own idea and standard. I like to think that an antique is over 100 years old and has some rarity, it shows a high standard of craftsmanship and quality. Something that has a high value.
I don’t always stick to these standards but normally a combination of these things work for me

There are many misconceptions about Antiques out there and some I find quite humorous.
Just because its old doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.
(The wooden toilette seat from the cabin in West Virginia)

Just because it came from Grandmas house doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.
(Very nice old lady. Loved to shop at Kmart. Gave this to me just before she passed on, about 6 months ago. It has a “Made in China” sticker on it? Don’t know why she would have put that on it?)

Just because it was Grandmas prize possession doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.
( Small glass dish with engraving “Best bingo player of 1948”)

Just because it Antique doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.

These are all things I have been offered to buy and the man who was trying to sell the toilette seat was quite upset when I was not interested.

People collect all sorts of things,”one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

I think that if you are wondering if you have something of value maybe an antique and your not positive. Ask an expert. Most dealers I know are happy to share there knowledge, when approached in a polite way. If you have an item you are trying to get more information on or are trying to sell give me a call. I don’t charge for my opinion and you never know you may have an Antique. Give me a call (941)809-2388