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

There are many different types of antiques that you can collect.

If you have been inquisitive about how to start an antique store, this article will give you all possible detail, from the rudimental points about collectibles to the technical nuances and development cost of owning an e-store.

Where Should You Go to Find Collectibles?

An important question is: where to look for collectibles and antiques? The list of the main sources typically looks as follows:

Garage sales – The famous saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” will never get old. Garage sales were, are and will always be a treasured source of items for your store. Some folks luck out in finding interesting things at garage sales. If you are one of these individuals, it won’t be difficult for you to get things for your shop.

Flea markets – In many cases, flea markets are now outlets for inexpensive imported goods, therefore making collectible hunting complicated, but not impossible. The best way to get the 411 about flea markets is to check online events calendars created by a number of antique publications. Another suggestion: don’t forget to observe local calendars while traveling, so you can see which markets you can visit while you’re going down the highway.

Live auctions – While this source has lost interest in recent years, you can still hit good ones once in a while. The best advice when it comes to auctions is to get there as early as you can in order to examine the items you might be interested in. This lets you be certain the pieces are real and in excellent condition. You should note the lot numbers and decide the maximum price you are willing to pay for an item that will still turn a profit for you when you resale.


How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part I)

Teddy bears and one of the cutest collections you can have.

Teddy bears have been collectibles for a long time, from the classic to a simple home-loved collection of teddies one has found here and there over time. It doesn’t matter what your reason for collecting teddy bears, there are many things to think about when doing so, from picking the bears through to keeping them in mint condition and exhibiting them correctly. Collecting teddy bears can be a lifetime’s passion if you decide to get into it in a big way. Or, it can just be something to do for fun.

Decide what type of collection you’re interested in having. 

This may be contingent on your interests, regardless if you have a purposeful or sentimental collecting intention in mind. Ultimately, the why and the how you desire to collect teddy bears is completely up to you. It is just when you want to be sure that your collection is valuable that you want to pay more attention to some of the guidelines about careful collecting. Some examples of possible ways to collect teddy bears include:

Collect teddies that you like. These don’t have to be valuable, just attractive and kept in good condition. They can be bears from Build-a-Bear or other bear businesses. They can also be any teddy bear that you just happen to like. While classifying a bear collection is okay for some folks, being diverse in your bear choices or driven to own as many teddy bears as possible are just as okay reasons for your collecting style as honing in on a specific style or type of bear.

Collect teddies with sentimental value. This means keeping the teddy bears that you and loved ones have owned over the years. 

Collect teddies that have a value from the start. For instance, Boyd Bears, Vermont Teddy Bears, Steiff Bears, Bearington Bears, Mary Meyers, Gund, or Care Bears.


How to Start a Fine Art Collection 

You can start your art collection by visiting a gallery.

Starting a fine art collection can be scary. it’s vital to invest time realizing what you like, what you plan to spend and figure outplacement in your house.

Crucial Tips for Budding Collectors 

I want to start collecting fine art for my residence. Where do I begin?

Visit auctions, galleries, and museums. Read art books for movements, styles, and artists. Then find places that sell that sort of art, whether it’s an auction house, a gallery, live auction platform, or directly from the artists.

In the end, discovering your own preference and personal style is what matters the most. Know that while some art does appreciate in value, this is not the truth of all art. Collect what you love.

How can I make sure to remain within a budget?

Know that you do not have to buy a whole collection at once. Part of the fun can be gradually building a collection from a host of sources over a period of time. Can’t purchase an original painting from an established artist? Try beginning with a signed print instead or looking for any local emerging artists.

As a new collector, what are some of the benefits of buying art online at auction as opposed to in person?

Convenience. Buying online delivers a way to bid right from home. Also, there are apps that help you bid via a mobile device. If possible, it is recommended that you visit an auction house during the auction preview to view items in person prior to bidding. If that’s not a choice open for you, then call an auction specialist to answer any questions you might have about a specific item, like problems with the condition. 

Being a fine art collector, for monetary reasons or just to have an art collection, can work in your favor when you have the right information to help you.


Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part IV)

The British auction house Bonhams sold a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for over $38 million in 2014, which is the highest published and confirmed price ever paid for a car. The race car had been handled by legendary driver Stirling Moss at the top of his career. Another 250 GTO purportedly went more than $50 million in a private sale. 

In 2010, the Mullin Automotive Museum bought one of the four incredibly beautiful Bugatti 57SC Atlantic ever built for what a source stated was between $25 million and $45 million. In 2013, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow sold at an auction in England for over $29 million.

The Bottom Line

Being a collector of high-end cars can take significant investment and comes with petty carrying costs. As preferences and economics alter, what was once worth a king’s ransom could devalue to a mere princely sum, so pick carefully. Italian and Red are usually good bets but be conscious of over-frothy markets. 

For instance, wealthy Japanese buyers couldn’t purchase enough Ferraris in the second half of the 1980s and costs saw an incredible spike and then a bubble. When the Japanese stopped purchasing, those prices dropped by a huge percentage. Buy quality, know your market and demographic factors, and be sure you’re not purchasing while in bubble territory. 

Just because you don’t make six figures to spend, doesn’t mean you can’t have a great classic car. With a little research, these are the top vintage cars you can get for $20,000 or less.

  • 1972–75 BMW 3.0CSL
  • 1997–2004 PORSCHE BOXSTER
  • 1984–93 SALEEN MUSTANG
  • 1985–89 TOYOTA MR2
  • 2004–06 DODGE RAM SRT10
  • 1980–86 FORD BRONCO
  • 2008–09 PONTIAC G8 GXP

Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part III)

Classic cars can be a bit pricey.

When the Dodge Viper was released in the early 90s, some collectors bought them as investments, thinking that the highly styled sports car with an incredibly potent 400 horsepower would absolutely appreciate in value. But you can pick up a 1993 Viper for under $40,000. 

They cost over $50,000 when brand new. These investors may have like showing off their cars and sometimes blasting down an open road. But with upkeep, inflation, insurance, storage, and opportunity costs, they most surely didn’t make any money.

The same thing happened years earlier when Cadillac stated in ads that the 1976 Eldorado would be the last convertible the brand made. It wasn’t. You can now get well-tended Eldorado convertibles from that vintage for under $25,000. They go for around $11,000 new, which is $47,000 adjusted for inflation.

Affordable Options? Not So Much…

One could argue that the Eldorado and American Viper are at the affordable end of the collectible spectrum, unlike the high-end ones that usually come from Europe. But the same doubt applies to the high-end market. In 1974, Ferrari sold the Dino 246 GT for over 14,000 and the 308 GT4 Dino at a considerably higher price of $22,000. The average price of a 1974 Ferrari 308 GT4 at around $50,000 and a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS at a clutch the pearls $417,000.

So, what are the best collectible cars? It’s hard to say ultimately. Tastes alter over time, private sales are hard to track, and the high end of the collector’s market centers on extraordinarily rare cars with varying histories. The list of sales that are confirmed to go over $30 million in inflation-adjusted dollars is very short though.

Getting the right financial advisor to assist you with your car collecting budget doesn’t have to be difficult. Every advisor is legally bound to work in your best interests.


Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part II)

There are a lot of things that make a car a collectible.

What Makes a Car Collectible

Cars with historical significance, ones that initiated new technology or raised the bar for consumer anticipations can become collectible, particularly if they are beautiful and rare.  Being incredible looking has its advantages. A racing history enhances a car’s allure, as well as association with a respected racer, designer, or builders like Carroll Shelby and Raymond Loewy. 

Prior celebrity ownership can also do the reputation some good, particularly if the person is associated with cars, like James Garner, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman. The most expensive collectible cars unite these attributes.

As a key rule of thumb, if teenaged boys have their picture on their walls, you’re looking in the right direction. When these young men grow up, they want to buy cars that made them happy and excited in their youth.

Car Investing Risks

Just as most investments have fees, so too does having classic cars. This is actual personal property and you’ll owe taxes on it if you sell at a profit. Is your collectible in horrible condition? Restoring a seven-figure car to good condition, basically considered getting an older car to showroom-new condition using original or precise recreations of paint, parts, and bodywork can go over seven figures. 

Also, there’s continuing storage expenses, maintenance costs, and insurance. Profits from the actual sale of the car will probably have transaction fees, commissions/consignment fees, and transportation costs since chances are you aren’t going to pull a Bugatti behind a U-Haul.

Buying a new or somewhat new car because you believe it will be collectible someday is chancy. Sure, you could get lucky, but chances are you aren’t going to have the opportunity to buy a cheaper car and expect it to be worth thousands in a moderately short period of time.


Top Collector Cars to Buy (Part I)

Car collecting is one of the best kind of hobbies one can have. 

Thousands of Americans are interested in car collecting. The British roadster and old muscle car you got in college might still have a place of honor in your garage and used as a weekend cruiser. A restored vintage Volkswagen Beetle or suicide-door Lincoln Continental can be bought for under $20,000, driven lightly for years, and then sold for a (probably modest) profit.

But what about high-end collectibles that go for seven or eight figures? They aren’t for everyone, though high-net-worth folks can use them to make money, increase their holdings, and perhaps even drive from time and time.

The market for classic cars has done far better than other collectibles, such as coins and stamps, over the past decade and has also conquered the broad stock index. The Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI) tracks the collector’s car market with numerous indexes. 

Its largest is the HAGI Top Index, which tracks vintage collectible cars from Bugatti, Porsche, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and other brands. The Top Index was over 13.00% year-to-date through August and over 500% the preceding 10 years thanks to rising global wealth chasing a small number of very collectible cars. 

The Car Market

At the high end of the classic car market, the ones that sell for over $1 million, you’ll find somewhat little-known older brands Delahaye and Hispano-Suiza, as well as names that are still famous today, including Jaguar and Rolls-Royce. Even brands not known for top-end exotics can become collectible: Toyota’s beautiful 2000GT, constructed from 1967 to 1970, can get over $1 million at auction. A 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Dietrich sold for over $3 million and a 1998 McLaren F1 sold for over $13 million. 

The car market reflects the market for art. It’s an investment you enjoy visually and it can also be a currency hedge since cars can be transported to countries with good exchange rates.


Disney Figurines Collecting (Part II) 

How can I start collecting Disney figurines?

To begin collecting Disneyana collectibles, the first thing to do is find a guide that includes a vast variety of Disney collectibles. A pocket-size Disney guide will suffice. There are numerous Disney figurines to pick from but the best ones have photos, detailed descriptions, and item value. Disney figurines value differ in sizes, designs, shapes, materials, and brands.

Collectible Disney figures can be bought on some websites. There are many websites that sell Disney figurines. It could either be for auctions or for sale. Disney figurines are sold by authorizing figurine dealers. Be cautious of the fake dealers. You can pick from these different manufacturers such as Swarovski, Armani, Lladro figurines, Royal Doulton figurines, and Disney Company.

Before buying Disney figurines, it is smart to look for the different price lists and the background of the figurines you are purchasing. Disney collectible figurines differ according to design, price, shape, size, materials used, and maker of the figurines.

You can get a 101 Dalmations figurine.

The most popular size of collectible Disney figures is the miniature. These collectible Disney pieces are very affordable. They come in various designs and styles depicting the various characters of Disney cartoon films.

Here are a few Disney movie characters that are depicted: Bambi, Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Fantasia, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderella.

There were also Armani Disney figurines. These exquisitely crafted figurines appear exactly like princes and princesses in Walt Disney films. The price of these highly detailed and marvelously crafted figurines go from $250 up to $4,000.

These talented sculpted Disney cartoon characters have been very successful in the figurine world and in the collector industry. Llandro Disney figures go in price from $400 to $3,500.

Disney Figurines Collecting (Part I)

Disney cartoon films captured our hearts since it first appeared to the public. We collect Disney films because we enjoy watching them over and over again. Other folks collect anything that comes from Disney films.

The term Disneyana is what Disney collectibles such as books, toys, animation celluloid, themed-park souvenirs, etc. Disneyana hobbyists rose throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Earlier, Disney Company licensed other manufacturing companies to create Disney figures. But in 1992, Disney Company began to make their Disney collectible figures. Disney figurines come in various types, brand, design,

This couple is shopping in a souvenir shop, I wonder if they’ll find any Disney figurines.

materials, artist, stamp mark, etc.

Disney figurines collecting

Disney collectible figurines have an exciting connotation among people. They bring back childhood memories of those lovable and fun Disney cartoons or even the happiness of vacationing at Disney World.

Disney classics collection caught not only the attention of collectors but of collectible shops and antique shops.

Some figurines in the Disney collection are made from porcelain and the process is just like making Hummel figurines. Disney figurine created from porcelain is molded and fired in an oven. They are then painted and fired once more.

Collectible Disney figurines spend months or even years in the production process. The Disney company wants to be sure that the sculpture is exactly like the original character in the film. Others are made from clay, glass, ceramic, plastic, etc.

In 1993, Disney started the Walt Disney Collectors Society. The increasing values and quality of limited Disney figures and rare Disney figurines have enticed a huge number of collectors. Collecting figurines of Disney denotes their youthful days and a love for Disney characters.

In 1995 Disney introduced the Enchanted Places, background scenes from their most famous animated films. To go with the Enchanted Places series, Disney introduced miniature figures, designed by world-famous miniature artist Robert Olszewski.


Books Every Book Collector Should Read (Part II)

A Guide to Identification by Edward Zempel and Linda Verkler

These books will be a fantastic addition to your collection. 

As every publisher seems to use different means to recognize their first editions, a reference book that comments and collects on these practices is critical.

ABAA member John Schulman of Caliban Books singles out Edward Zempel and Linda Verkler’s First Editions: A Guide to Identification, stating that “Professional booksellers keep this on one book on hand for reference. There are just simply too many publishers and too many various notations to keep straight otherwise.”

 The Identification of First Editions (Pocket Guide) by Bill McBride

The greatest virtue of this book is its little size. You truly can just carry it around in your pocket and take it out to confirm if the book you’ve come across is a modern first edition or not. Excellent for exploring used bookstores at a yard sale, on vacation, and other unexpected changes to get old books.

Do you want more than one identification guide to modern first editions? Probably not, but I’ve never met a book collector yet who believed one book was enough.

Nicholas Basbanes: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (A Gentle Madness)

A priceless classic by a charming raconteur and an amazing work of history for those of us who adore old books, book-selling, and the quirky characters who make up the antiquarian book world, A Gentle Madness captures that last minute in time when collectors go after their passions at high stakes auctions, dusty bookshops, and street stalls, and the subterfuge creditable of a real bibliomaniac,” according to its publisher.

If you’re a current convert to true book collecting, you have to read Basbanes to know exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. You might also want to read Basbanes’ Among the Gently Mad.