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What Motivates an Antique Collector

Updated on July 16, 2018
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What Motivates An Antique Collector

Practically everybody collects something, and all sorts of people collect antiques. Some antique collectors go on the assumption that if it's very old, it's wonderful and well worth owning. This most likely answers the question of why an antique collector ends up going off in many directions with what they collect. However, what motivates an antique collector? I have a friend that started collecting antiques by wanting to add to a teacup and saucer she had received as an heirloom when her Grandmother passed on. It did not take long for her to start collecting more antique tea cups and saucers. Which then to graduate into collecting antique tea sets, antique silver, and onto antique furniture. You see to display all these lovely antique tea services she needs the proper antique tea cart. Which looked out of place with her decor. So she started collecting antique furniture. The love and appreciation of the old the rare is what motivates an antique collector.




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Another type of antique collectors is a collector that collects antiques as investments. The antique investor purchase antiques on the bases that a given piece will appreciate with time, and make them a return on their money. This type of antique collector takes the buying of antiques very seriously. This type of antique collector are as a rule well educated in antiques and have made sure to be well versed on the value of any given antique.

It's also apparent that many antique collectors are more dealers than collectors. The dealers search out fine antiques to sell to serious antique collectors. Most dealers are in the business of making money, and the bottom line is a prosperous sale. Unlike the investor, the dealer buys to sell quickly, at a nice profit. At no time in history has it been easier to search out fine antique'. This is mainly due to the Internet. The internet has expanded the ease of buying antiques for the avid dealer. The Internet enables one to be able to search the globe for desired treasure's and purchase them from the comforts of one's own home. An antique consumer can find the rarest, and oddest of antiques, right at their fingertips. So to get back to what motivates an antique collector? We can certainly demise that it is not always the beauty of an antique that attracts and motivates the collector? In some cases, it's strictly business and purely financial gain.

The Motivation Of The Hunt, Comradery, And Emotional Drive

I have found that most antique collectors whether in it for business or pleasure have one thing in common that clearly stands out. The love of the hunt, and the rarer the find the bigger the thrill it provides. What can further adds to the thrill, is to find an antique that has a less than worth price tag attached to it? So is part of the motivation, the thrill of finding a great bargain?

I mentioned my good friend that collects antiques of every kind. When asked how she preferred to find her antiques? She claimed she prefers to "go out and peruse the antique shops." Claiming, "It's very accelerating, yet at the same time relaxing, going from shop to shop". She stated that she loves to visit with the many friends she had made through the years, that either work in the shop or own the shop. So is part of the motivation the comradely the collector finds in the friendships they acquire along the way? Do collectors have something more in common? After interviewing many antique collectors, I have found that most will admit to being drawn to, and loving very old things. Admitting feelings of familiarity with a particular antique. I have had a few antique collectors confide that they feel they may have lived other lives, in centuries gone by. That having antiques around them provides them with a sort of comfort, and brings peace into their homes. One shopkeeper explained to me. "I look at a piece, and I wonder how many people have come and gone that have held, and used this? Who else may have enjoyed owning this? " It became quite clear to me that some antique collectors are motivated by a deep-seated emotional drive. A drive to capture some elusive feelings of times gone by.

I don't know if anyone has or ever will be able to actually give a defining answer or the underlying motives to what makes a person a collector of antiques? Is it possible that it harks back to the most primal human impulse, which is desired? A desire for beauty, a desire for peace in one's surroundings or the desire to cultivate friendships. Perhaps the desire to connect with another time, another life. And finally, the desire for making a profit, and adding to one's wealth?

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      Great information about antiques..what irritates me is when someone advertises an Antique, and it's not even as old as me...LOL...my collections are going to be sold next year, but I keep anything that I have a personal connection to, like inherited items.

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      franstan lm 

      6 years ago

      Great resource. Blessed

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      rayray131 

      6 years ago

      Really, enjoyed your lens!

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      pawpaw911 

      6 years ago

      Don't have many antiques, but I enjoy looking at them.

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Nicely done lens. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      Bellwood-Antiques 

      7 years ago

      This is a very informative lens. It has some very good points about collecting and the motivational points, What make you start have a collection of any antiques. I hear a lot that "I remember that when they were young." That is kinda like memorabilia, and that's a good start for a collection!

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      OldStones LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lense lots of information. I love antiques

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting lens, you had provided us great information.

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      rdgubaten lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens on antiques. I liked it.

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      BadSoulPhotography 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting

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      miaponzo 

      7 years ago

      I love antiques!!!! Cameos and furniture are the best.. but I also love Native American Jewelry!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I found the answer to my question. Your site is very informative. Thanks

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      mitchdcba 

      8 years ago

      Great article. I am a used furniture junkie because I canât stand the smell of new furniture.The hunt is so much fun. What about antiques as well. Love 1930s and 1940s furniture.

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      blue22d 

      9 years ago

      Hi Shar, very nice lens. I love antiques and collectibles. I would love to be able to afford more. Nicely done - five stars to you. You might enjoy my lens: Treasure-Someone Elses. Thanks.

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      Antique-Learning-Center 

      9 years ago

      Great info Shar. Keep up the good work.

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      WorldTravelers916 

      9 years ago

      nice lens, i love these books!

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      Keaka77 

      9 years ago

      Excellen Lens Shar...You always provide us with some good information. Keep up the good work...

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      SilverLotus1 

      10 years ago

      Very nice 5-star lens! World of Netsuke

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Hi:

      I'm doing a report for a writing class on Antiques, would it be okay to use this information. Would you have more input. Really appreciate it.

      Thank you

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      Classic LM 

      11 years ago

      Excellent lens, Shar! You are welcome to submit this lens to my new group Antique Art. See link on my Kutani or Imari or Satsuma lenses. I voted 5*s for your lens and will lensroll it once you submitted it to my group. Take care!

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