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Best Antiques Stores and Auctions (Part I)

These antique stores and auctions might have your next treasure in store. 

Now, armed with knowledge, here’s a look at the best online antique stores:


Launched in 2001, 1stdibs is the most famous antique store with a huge range of goods of any kind and type. First, a resource for interior decorators to discover exclusive pieces in a short time, 1stdibs became an antique marketplace, bringing together over 1,500 international dealers who specialize in fine art, design, and collectibles. In 2014, 1stdibs’ grossed over $1.1 billion.

Working as a dream for any antique hunter, 1stdibs can provide fine jewelry, rare pieces of furniture (maybe you want an armchair going back to the times of Louis XIV?) or vintage ball gowns (like Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind”). Additionally, 1stdibs has a mobile app to let you purchase collectibles everywhere.

Outside of the normal sorting functions that go by type of item and name, 1stdibs lets users sort by project type (family home, beach house, or apartment) and style (Art Deco, Rococo, Gothic, etc). In addition, it has blog which offers visitors inspiration and explains new trends in design.


Started in 2013, this interior design marketplace doesn’t focus on just antiques or vintage but has an impressive collection for customers. Functioning in four US cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas), Viyet is well-known due to its experts (who are predominantly alumni of big-name auction houses), who choose the offerings and examine them before listing on the site.

The range of the products here are contemporary and vintage high-end furniture, accessories and rugs, paints, and chandeliers. Viyet ships all around the globe, giving white-glove delivery and flexible payment plans for customers.

Viyet sorts by rooms (bedroom, dining room, foyer, office, outdoor) and trends (mid-century, modern style, metallics, vintage gems). Users can get assistance via live chat support and read articles by designers sharing ideas.

How to Start an Antique Store Online or an Auction for Antique and Vintage Collectibles (Part III)

Among the various things you can sell on your online antique website, watches are one of them.

Some nations add certificated appraisers to the state registry. Another thing to think about is that these specialists might be highly qualified or only specialize in specific items like coins or books.

Nothing burns more than purchasing a fake or reproduction. Safeguard yourself from the dissatisfaction with employing a first-rate appraiser.

Products That Are Sold Online

Plenty of different products go through the hands of appraisers. Many items are verified by appraisers and then sold by antique shops or auctions can be broken into groups like:

  • Paintings and Sculptures
  • Furniture, Interior Design Items, Dishes
  • Coins and Notes
  • Clocks and Watches
  • Books, Postcards, Photos, and Documents
  • Gold and Silver Jewelry
  • Stamps
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Wines
  • Glass and Porcelain
  • Cars

The list is far from complete. Having an antique store typically connotates non-stop searches for something interesting for your buyers. Your potential customer always has an opportunity to find something interesting and unique on your website.

Though it might seem like antiques aren’t widespread, certain items are always in high demand. The most popular items sold on antique auctions and e-stores include:

  • Vases
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Toys
  • Clocks and clock parts
  • Jewelry
  • Pieces of art

Shipping Consideration

One of the cornerstones in operating an antique store and selling antiques and collectibles online is shipping. Even your rarest and most precious items will stay available if a shopper isn’t certain whether the product will arrive in one piece after shipping. It would be beneficial to learn some of the more accepted shipping services that are most suited to transporting antiques and collectibles.

There are several shipping companies out there! You should draw your attention to the admired leaders in the world of shipping, that consistently deal with a vast range of cargo, like USPS, United Parcel Service (UPS), FedEx, and DHL.

How to Start an Antique Store Online or an Auction for Antique and Vintage Collectibles (Part II)

You can visit antique shows or thrift stores to discover collectible treasures.

Antique shows – Don’t disregard going to antique shows, even if you feel everything is going to be overpriced for resale. Yes, this idea is not without truth, but you might end up coming across a seller with items that are outside their area of expertise, and therefore put them for sale at a more satisfactory price. You don’t want to miss the chance to see what you might discover at antique shows. Moreover, antique shows are good places to introduce yourself, encounter new dealers, and do some market research.

Thrift stores – In order to get a good find at your local thrift store, it is helpful to create a rapport with employees of the store. Be friendly and nice to them, making certain they know what types of collectibles you are on the lookout for. Leave your business card and ask them to contact you in case items you may be interested. 

Though, never limit yourself with a shortlist of events and/or sources. Always be ready to run into new people, visit new places and events.

Who Might Assist You?

After you discover what is considered to be a collectible, and where to get it, it’s time to resolve one another issue: how do you guess the authenticity of collectibles and price them accurately?

If you are already trained in this area, you have no concerns. If not though, it is wise to engage with an individual who is skilled in estimation. This can help safeguard you against mistakably buying fakes.

Evaluation of antiques and collectibles is done by specialists called appraisers. These experts typically have formal education in the field of art history, economics, law, or fine arts. It might be a fine art expert, auction house, or museum employee. Many of these experts form appraiser associations where they can be effortlessly found.


Tips on Starting a Snow Globe Collection

Start by choosing a theme for your snow globe collection.

Snow globes are very well-liked in the market. It was first designed as a paperweight, but its use has gone way past that. It’s become a figurine, a house décor, souvenir items and even toys to kids. Some snow globes are even customized to be memorabilia. Due to its charm and its increasing number of concepts and designs, snow globes are fancied and collected by many folks.

If you want to begin a collection of your own, you can follow these easy tips for you to have a distinct collection.

Begin with a Theme 

You don’t just buy a lot of numbers of snow globes when you start your collection. There are numerous themes of these domes. There are cartoon characters, city themes, Hollywood artists and plenty more. If you purchase them individually, you are going to have a messy themed collection. Though they are all snow globes, their off-balance designs would make them look unorganized.

Start with Few Good Collections

It is not always correct that when you say collection it means “massive collection.” Therefore, instead of purchasing dozens of cheap snow globes, you better start your collection with a couple yet very good ones. Do not always go for affordable, inexpensive ones. They could be cheap material and wouldn’t last for long.

Research about Snow Globes

You have to research about snow globes. You have to find out what you are collecting and fall in love with it while you are acquiring more about it. Moreover, reading about it will familiarize you with numerous collectors and would give you an opportunity to learn all they know about snow globes.

Search for Distinct Pieces

Do not just go for the usual glass domes with falling snow or glitter. Extend your collection with more thrilling items such as musical snow globes that play tunes of its design. Be cautious, though, there are cheap snow globes that play quite different music from its design. 

How to Collect Postcards

A post card collection is easy to start. Just pick up a post card from all the places you visit.

Collecting postcards is a good hobby for folks of any age. It’s popular, affordable, and provides lots of fun. It can be valuable if you want to learn foreign languages and have pen pals from all over the globe. Today it’s really easy to find photos of distant places on the web. But getting a real postcard from these locations is way more interesting. 

A picture from the web exists only on your hard drive. A true postcard is something somebody has written on it, something you can touch, there are stamps and postal signs. This makes this hobby so interesting.

It is a very popular hobby because postcards are cheap, cover hundreds of subjects and they are virtually everywhere.

Determine what sort of postcards you want in your collection. It could be trains, landscapes, animals, lighthouses or almost anything else. Perhaps the places you’ve been on vacation? Postcards with foreign postmarks? Some collectors like only vintage postcards.

Pick a theme and let your loved ones know about it. Since postcards are very easy to find and cheap, you’ll find it won’t be long before you have a wonderful collection.

Get real about postcard collecting and join a collector’s club or go to your local antique stores and search online auctions for those distinct ones. There are also some exciting websites for postcard collectors with forums and tips.

If you want postcards from other countries, attempt to connect with folks who live there. The best way is to get pen pals from those countries using international social portals or even some online sites.

As you can tell, it’s not so difficult to begin collecting postcards. This hobby (also referred to as deltiology) is cheap, simple, and suitable for both the young and the old.

How to Start a Hat Collection

A hat collection usually comes with a bit of history. 

Hats aren’t just great for wearing, they are also good items to collect. If you want to begin collecting hats, there are a few things to keep in mind. Before you begin purchasing new pieces left and right, it will be best to have a solid understanding of what you are getting into. Here’s some advice for you:


True collectors have a real passion for what they are collecting. Regardless if it’s cars, clothing, accessories or stamps, collectors have to know a little bit of history about their niche. Take some time to do some research about hats and their evolving style over the years.


While there are some folks who just keep putting new items to their collection, this can look disorganized if you don’t have a specific item or style that you want to focus on. Find out what you like best and make that the focal point of your collection. With this technique, you will have a direction and won’t have to purchase everything.


There are great hats in specialty shops or boutique stores, but the best collectible hats are frequently online. Even rare ones that aren’t typically available in stores and malls can be found online. 

Make friends with other collectors

One of the wonderful things about being a collector is having a team of like-minded folks who share the same enthusiasm. Join online forums or groups for individuals who collect the same things. Being a member of a group will also give you a good platform for selling, trading, and discussing collectibles. 

Display your collection

Naturally, you’re going to want to display your collection! You may need to erect a custom case or closet for your collectibles, particularly if you are collecting pricey pieces. Make a secure space in your home where you can put your collection and begin designing and building.

How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part V)

As your collection grows, you’ll have to find a space to put your teddy’s. 

Insure the collection once it becomes valuable

Things happen, like fire, burglary, flood, your child’s crayons, etc. Getting insurance is a way of at least getting back some of the value of your valuable collection should the inconceivable happen. If you’re going to put money into items for collecting, insurance must always be a part of your costs

Displaying your collection

Make space for your collection

The more bears you collect, obviously the more space you need. Unlike coins, stamps, or trading cards, bears take up lots of space. Therefore, you have to think about where they can be placed and whether you can give up a corner of a room in your house for putting the bears on display. Once you have serious collector numbers, the bears will start to take over.

Pick a proper display case or shelving for the teddy bear collection

Display cases or cabinets behind glass are great. They aid in keeping off dust while offering shelves for the bears to be organized on. Also, the glass lets everyone view it with ease. Shelving can be used as well. However, if it’s open to the air, you’ll have to dust off the teddies on a regular basis.  Lockable display units can be practical to stop the intrusion of little dirty hands. 

Know what not to do when displaying bears

The following things should be regarded when displaying teddy bears:

  • Don’t display them in open sunlight or close to a heat source. Both will make the bears deteriorate and/or fade.
  • Make sure that moths can’t get to your teddy bears. There are lots of moth-ridding resolutions you can use around the teddy bears. Don’t put any chemical substances on the teddy bears themselves.
  • Keep the bear display area clean. Frequently clean the display area and softly brush away dust from the teddy bears.

How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part IV)

Make sure to keep the tags and original packaging on your teddy bears.

Check the bear’s label 

Labels, if they are still on the bear, will typically be found on their arm or in the ear of the teddy bear. Early bears didn’t each time come with labels, and homemade bears usually lack them as well. Labels can aid you in identifying the origins and make of the bear. Though, be cautious of fake labels if the bear is pricey.

Note the condition of your teddy bears 

Much-loved bears have a habit of getting holes, patches, and stitches. This doesn’t mean they’re not collectible. However, it does mean that you must be mindful of the possibility that the bear has fragilities and if it’s a vintage collectible, this can modify the value.

Inspect for tears, split seams, rips, and poor repair work. These can lessen the value of the teddy bear.

Look under clothing on dressed bears to see what it might be hiding by way of repairs or replaced bear parts.

Is it faded? Over time bears fade. Inspect the color beneath joints or spots under clothing and compare to the exposed parts of the bear to see how much fading has taken place.

Upkeeping your collection

Keep tags in place 

If buying brand new teddy bears just for the sake of having a collection, keep all tags in place and keep the boxes or another packaging too. These can all raise the value of the teddy bear. If you don’t have room for boxes, open them with care and pack them flat somewhere safe from disturbance and insects.

Ensure that the teddy bears are properly looked after

Teddy bear collections are more treasured when the bears forming the collection are preserved in as good a condition as possible, in spite of make, age, and rarity.


How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part III)

You might find your next collectible bear at a toy auction.

Check auctions 

Both real-time and online in-house auctions (particularly toy auctions) will usually have an assortment of bears that you can search through and decide to bid on. Don’t forget to stay within your budget and have your highest bid set. Don’t let your emotions overtake your budget when bidding on bears. Regardless of how rare that bear, remind yourself if it goes over your highest bid point that there will be some other jewel of a bear that you can meet the expense of some other time. It might not be the same bear, but you’ll have a complete budget.

Ask for donations of teddy bears

This might result in bears that you’re not so eager on, but it is a way to get teddy bears that might have a long history and could be either very valuable or sentimental or valuable. Ask loved ones to donate any of their unwanted teddy bears to you.

Leave “wanted” messages on sites like Freecycle or any other forum online where asking for freebies is okay. Put an ad in the newspaper asking for unwanted teddy bears for your collection. Be aware that folks might expect to be paid if you advertise, so make it clear that it’s just donations.

Be wise to the crucial things about collectible bears 

Even if you’re just collecting bears for non-monetary reasons, it’s still vital to get bears that are worth the money you spent for them. This article details some of the things to take notice of, particularly if you are parting with a good amount of money for a collector’s bear.

Check the bear’s features

The older the bear, the more its features might have altered over time, diminishing its collectible value. This isn’t to say the bear isn’t worth having. It just means that the price has to be fair. 


How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part II)

A teddy bear collection could put some money in your pocket eventually. 

Discover as much as you can about collecting the sort of teddy bears you’re collecting. 

This is vital since it helps you to work out if you’re paying a good price for teddies you’d like to add to your collection, as well as knowing what to look for when it comes to accessories, tags, etc.

Get a teddy bear identifier or guide. This is a book with very good photographs of the types of teddy bears along with detailed information about the background (the date, height, manufacturer, country of origin, etc.) and other info that assists you in identifying the bears. Get a couple of these from various decades. Things change over the years and even current books might be missing some critical information. 

Sadly, as with any sort of collectibles, there are phonies when the stakes are high. By understanding what things have to form the parts of the teddy bear, you are more likely to realize how to spot fake teddy bears than someone who hasn’t done their research.

Buy teddy bears direct from the retailer or manufacturer 

For modern bears that are still being made, these sources are your top choices. Always retain your purchase receipts. If you have any issues with the teddy bear, you can return the bear and either ask for it to be repaired or replaced. 

Check out flea markets, antique stores, and thrift stores for older bears 

You never know what you may find in any of these sources. Therefore, this entails plenty of rummaging and hope. It’s fun to look in these places as you might discover a very special teddy.

Get acquainted with your local antique sellers who stock toys like teddy bears. If you let them know what you’re looking for, several of them will be eager to keep an eye out for you when they do their purchasing. It’s an extra source of help for your collection.