It’s true what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We do wonder, however, how
many people, so quick to give up their ‘trash,’ had no idea it was actually treasure? There must be so
many people around the world with little idea the items in their garage collecting dust could actually
help fund a holiday home by the coast.
We’ve heard the stories so many times before – mother gifts daughter a brooch that actually turns out
to be a royal gem; old Nintendo video game sells for thousands; a vintage alcohol bottle lying around
someone’s kitchen worth hundreds of thousands. Yes, these are all events that actually happened –
the last one was actually only in 2020 (but let’s face it, stranger things did happen that year)!
So, that poses the age old question (literally) – what makes an antique, an antique?
1. It’s rare
Well, duh, that seems obvious, we know, but it’s a criteria that many miss. We’re searching for
those hand-crafted pieces; those small batch products; those no-two-items-are-the-same type
goods. Although in saying that, items that have been mass produced may still be considered
rare. This could be a run of defected coins or postage stamps – many collectors will pay big
bucks for those with colour distortions or other faults.
2. The condition
It’s important to not jump to conclusions on this one. Although it’s usually a matter of ‘the
better the condition, the more valuable the item is,’ that doesn’t stand true every time.
Sometimes discolouration of a product, for example, proves its authenticity and can even
increase its value. If it’s a product such as an old toy or board game, having all of the parts
there will also enhance the value.
3. It’s popularity
Sure, antiques are old, but they still go through fad phases in the modern day. The newest
collectable can be a household décor trend, and will therefore be worth more money. At the
time of writing this blog, antique tins are the trendiest collectable around! But we’re sure
when we refer to this in many years’ time, it’ll be something else topping the antique and
collectable charts (dare we say it – the facemask?)
So, when you’re going through your storage cupboards and garage later this evening, what types of
items should you look out for?
Now, usually at this point we would encourage you to scroll through the pages of our online antique
store, but we already know you’re dusting off the cobwebs in the garage trying to find antique gold.
And to that, we say, good luck! If you have any questions about anything you may find, please drop us
an email or a message on Facebook.