Tips for New Collectors

by Forbes Maner, Delaware Antiques Show
Committee Member

What's the difference between a collector and a pack rat? Focus, knowledge, enthusiasm, and discipline. The chase is also half the fun. Are you a collector?

If you are new to collecting, you might consider the following rules of thumb, based on the experience of people who have been collecting antiques for many years.

1. Collect what you enjoy.
2. Make a mistake.
3. Do your homework.
4. Buy the best you can afford.
5. Don’t buy an “investment.”
6. Don’t be shy.
7. Protect your collection.
8. Ignore the rules.
9. Have fun!

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