There is nothing more lucrative than buying antique pottery and porcelain to sell on eBay and other online auctions.
Whether you are buying antique pottery and porcelain from antique dealers, antique fairs, auction houses, or online auction sites. always buy the things that appeal to you directly. If something appeals to your own sense of style or your own idea of beauty, you will develop a passion for it and you will build that passion into your sales pitch.
Whether you buy antiques as an investment or for a collection or to sell them on; always buy what you like and buy what you are interested in.
Ten Top Tips for Buying Antiques
1. Always ask for discounts -- No matter where you buy from. Many professional dealers will have a code marked somewhere on the item that you're interested in and this will tell them exactly how low they can go. Something like X10 or X50 could mean they will discount up to that figure or go as low as that figure. Use your own judgment and always ask.
2. Always, always, ask about damage and/or restoration -- If you don't ask, they don't need to tell you!
3. Always, always, always, handle the item -- Get touchy feely... Pick it up, put it down, pick it up again. Look at the bottom, the top, the sides. Look from odd angles and use a magnifier to look close.
Never be afraid to pick anything up in a shop, at an auction, on a dealers stall or at any other sales event. It's your money you're spending and you'll only kick yourself if you miss a flaw, when you look again at home.
4. Never pose as a Trade buyer -- You may lose your consumer protection rights.
5. Never offer Cash -- until you have agreed a price for paying by cheque or credit card.
Once you have your maximum discount, get your cheque book or credit card out, then pause and ask if there's any further discount for cash. You'll never know, if you don't ask.
6. Always get a receipt -- Even if you pay cash Make sure your receipt lists the items age, the material, any damage or restoration and it's value.
7. Look for the odd one out -- The odd ones are usually the best bargains. Look for items that don't belong, such as ceramics in a jewelers shop or stall; or bronze in a silver dealers display. More likely than not the antique dealer or seller will discount the unsuitable item to move it on.
8. Buy from your local auction house -- The profit is here. Get to know your antique marks and your local auction house. The bargains are there and in all categories. Increase your knowledge about auction procedures and become an auction bargain hunter.
Buy from auction houses and markets abroad, but know the local rules before you do. In the U.K. all valuable items bought from abroad and shipped into the country must be declared at British customs control and the receipt produced. If you buy items that are over 100 years old then no UK duty or Value Added Tax is due on the item. Always make sure the seller or supplier marks the age on the receipt.
9. Check antique shops for trade association memberships . -- Just in Case. BADA (British Antique Dealers Association), or LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) are just two of many. Find the one that covers your area and get yourself a greater degree of security and protection.
10. BEWARE of reproductions, fakes and forgeries . -- They are very good and they are out there. Learn all you can about how to spot restoration, repair and absolutely everything you can about antique marks.
Remember -- When buying antique pottery and porcelain to sell, the cheapest isn't always the best and the best isn't always the surest way to profit. Antique auctions and local antique dealers are usually cheaper than the big city outlets, but not always; and antique fairs at your local county showground or exhibition hall can be among the most expensive ways to buy.a
Kat Miller is an antiques dealer and author contributing knowledge and experience to Antique Marks. Kat has been collecting and selling antiques since the 1960's and has extended and reinforced her knowledge of antique pottery and porcelain through extensive travels in Europe, Japan and China. Kat's great loves are Royal Worcester porcelain and the Art Nouveau style.