When I started to sell vintage and antique items, I immediately heard some names of the styles of design that have been used over the years. The first area that I found out that this applies to is furniture. Here’s a brief explanation of some of the styles:
Queen Anne—this is a period in English furniture design that dates from 1702 to 1714. This style is characterized by the adaptation of the Baroque style and the extensive use of the cabriole leg. Walnut was the dominant wood used by furniture makers.
Renaissance—this is a revival of interest in classical design. This style had it’s beginning in Italy during the 14th century, and it continued to spread throughout Europe until the 17th century. The design is simple in structure—it has a generous use of classical ornament (such as the acanthus leaf, animal forms, and pilasters).
Georgian—this is a period of design in English furniture that was used right after the Queen Anne style, and it ran from 1714 to 1795. Some of the better-known designers were Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Chippendale, and even the Adams Brothers. Mahogany and walnut were the chief woods used by furniture makers (but other woods have been known to be used).
This is only a small sample of the styles that are out there. What types of styles have you heard about?
Where and how do I store my collection? This can be a tough question to answer, especially if you are new to the collecting world. Here are some ideas for you to consider for storage.
The first one to consider is what type of collection that you have. If you are trying to put a set of dishes together, you can get a china hutch or cabinet. These are more than big enough to store a set of dishes, and the great thing is that you can show it off as well.
If you have an advertising collection, it all depends on how big the pieces are. If it’s signs, you can display them either leaning against or on the wall itself. If the pieces are smaller, you could have them on something like a book shelf.
If the collection is something like trading cards (like baseball or football), you can get some pages that hold them and store them in a three-ring binder. If you had the cards graded and they are encapsulated, there are storage boxes that can hold them. You could even get a vintage box that’s made of metal or wood to put them in as well.
There are many ways to store your collection. How do you store yours?
So you have decided to go and see what goes on at an auction. You scouted out the perfect one, and have even showed up about 30 minutes before it started. Now what do you do?
The first thing that you need to do is to register to get a bidder’s number. More often than not, the auction company will have a special area set up for just this purpose. All that you need to is to show the auction company a valid ID and supply a phone number, and you have a biding number. What this is for is to let the auction company know who you are and even able to contact you if something arises (like if something that you bought gets left behind).
Whenever I have attended an auction, this will only take a few minutes at most, and it doesn’t cost me anything to do so.
The next thing that you will want to do is to look at the merchandise that’s in the sale. Getting to the auction a few minutes before it starts will help you look over the items to see what’s there and to see what kind of condition that it’s in.
Make sure that you listen to what the auctioneers say at the very beginning of the auction when they make their announcements. This will let you know what will happen during the course of the auction and what will be sold first.
So, have some fun when you go to auctions and see what’s out there!