This is a fun and painless way to give yourself a firm grounding in the wide wonderful world of antiques and collectibles.
Kyle Husfloen, Managing Editor,
Antique Trader Weekly and
Antique Trader s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide
Do you love to poke around estate sales and antique shops, but can t tell the difference between Queen Anne and Queen Victoria furniture? Do you dream of owning that old Oriental rug or Meissen figurine but worry that the dealer might gouge you on the price? Do you own pieces you think might be valuable but don t know where to go for a reliable appraisal? Relax. Antiquing For Dummies answers all your antiquing questions and more.
Whether you re a beginner or you ve already gotten your feet wet, this fun, friendly guide will give you the savvy you need to cruise, schmooze, bargain for, and care for antiques with confidence. In no time you ll be able to:
Tell the difference between real antiques and stuff that s just oldDevelop an antique hunt plan of attackSelect antiques based on the 5 key points of the RADAR Test Discover hidden treasures at garages, estate sales, auctions, and shopsGet the best deals when buying and selling antiquesDecorate with antique glass and porcelain from around the worldClean and care for your precious findsWork an auction real-time and online
Writing with humor and common sense, Ron Zoglin and Deborah Shouse demystify the highfaluting terminology of the antique world. And step-by-step they walk you through all the antiquing essential, including:
Different furniture styles and periods of furniture and how to distinguish themDovetails, nails, and other construction elements that offer clues to a piece s ageWhere to go for the best antique bargains includes tips on how to bid at auctions in person or onlineAll about antique glass, ceramics and silverIntegrating antiques into your life at home and at the office
Antiquing For Dummies gets you up and running with what you need to know to find, research, and negotiate prices like a pro.