Recently, I ran across a friend in Hays that I haven't seen for a while and the subject of antiques came up.
After we had visited briefly, I asked him what he would like to see discussed in my monthly antiques article in The Hays Daily News. He suggested an article on "lower end" antiques because the economy has made some changes in just about everyone's lifestyle and for some people that includes antiques and collectibles.
Six key points that come to mind that can assist collectors in making wise decisions:
* Remember that there are exceptions to almost any general rule.
* Realize that no item has monetary value unless someone wants it.
* When the economy takes a dive, priorities shift. In severe situations, some even say, "If I can't eat it or it can't keep me warm, it's not an important priority."
* A person's emotional attachment to specific items can vary considerably. It could range from having very limited value to being so high that dollars can't measure it.
* The same article can have a significant different value in the different types of markets that are available to a seller.
* There are sometimes significant dollar value differences for items from a local area as compared to different regions of the country. Example: Photos that pertain to local history and early businesses in an area often bring a better prices in that area.
Almost all antiques and collectibles go through up and down cycles in the marketplace. At the present time, there are some items that seem to have fallen out of favor, so to speak, and generally are selling for significantly less. Some of these include: Avon, milk glass, old sheet music, common cookie jars, etc. If you regularly go to sales, you can add many more items.
Here are a couple of thoughts that assist the reader in enjoying things that they presently have or might purchase:
* Incorporate various antiques and collectibles into the decor of your home and put them into practical use. Enjoy the memories associated with items from years past. Examples: Grandad's old rocking chair, grandma's old cedar chest, mother's old egg beater or that pressed-glass salad bowl that Aunt Tillie used to make fruit salad in when you were a kid.
* Purchase items that you personally enjoy and consider it a "bonus" if it increases in value over the years.
Marvin Mann, Plainville, is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers. Send questions to him in care of The Hays Daily News, P.O. Box 857, Hays KS 67601.