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The Business of Antiques: How to Succeed in the Antiques World

Antique businesses fail at an alarming rate. That's because it takes more than an affinity for armoires and knowing the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco to survive, let alone prosper.

Fortunately veteran auctioneer and antique expert Wayne Jordan is here to show you how to make your business work. In a practical, easy-to-understand process, Jordan walks you through the essentials of creating and maintaining a flourishing antiques business in the fast-evolving world.

Change is constant, and Jordan shows you how it can be less painful and more beneficial to your business. Learn how to better manage your inventory, set up an effective online marketing strategy, capture young customers, improve traffic flow and - most importantly - thrive while others flounder.

How to pick antiques like the pros
Picker's Bible
How To Pick Antiques Like The Pros

From killer yard sale finds to abandoned storage unit bounty, hidden treasures abound for those skilled in the art of picking. However, the big question is how does one become skilled at picking quality antiques and collectibles? Many answers to that question can be found in the pages of the Picker's Bible from professional picker Joe Willard.

This updated edition of the hands-on and how-to guide for finding the undiscovered and undervalued, en route to turning a profit features chapters about the art and philosophy of picking, stories from past picking excursions, planning and preparing for falling into good deals, as well as pricing pointers.

"Sophisticated shoppers that spend large amounts at antiques stores and collectibles malls don't realize that there was a picker somewhere that found their items," writes Willard in the introduction. "It is the pickers who find and rescue much of what would have been lost forever in the dump. It's the pickers who help drive the interest and market for emerging collectibles."

You'll also benefit from Willard's years in the picking trenches as he guides you to finding the good stuff, where to look for hidden treasures, flipping your finds for the most money, and understanding the basics of today's most popular trend - industrial picking.

How to Start a Home-based Antiques Business

Learn how to set up and run a successful home-based antiques business, including locating antiques, pricing, marketing, and staying profitable. Worksheets and checklists help entrepreneurs get organized and achieve their goals.

Business Success Tips: Make More Money From Garage Sales, Junking, Antiques, Collectibles & Your Own Business.

This 170-page book teaches anyone how to be more money-savvy and is the perfect gift for your graduate. Learn how to run your best garage sale - ever! With over forty-years in the antique/secondhand business, Oclytis Johnson and his co-author Sandra Munro share how to manage your own small business.

Learn insider tips on junking, collectibles, and antiques. Save money by understanding the different levels of wholesale and retail. Find out how to attract customers and avoid self-sabotage. A must for anyone thinking of becoming an entrepreneur and living the Great American Dream!

Antiques Investigator: Tips and Tricks to Help You Find the Real Deal

How can you tell a genuine antique from a fake? How can you spot if something has been restored? What marks should you look for? How can you recognize styles? How can you tell one maker from another? Antiques Investigator gives you all the confidence and know-how you need to approach any antique-be it a vase, a teapot, a chair, or bear!

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting

Whether it’s Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers, or any of the number of TV shows on flea markets, the world of collecting inspires a cult following of millions of Americans. Celebrated author Maureen Stanton takes readers behind the scenes and deep into the “flea-o-sphere,” following master antiques dealer Curt Avery from the populist mayhem of flea markets, to the rarefied realm of high-end antiques shows, to the heart-pounding competition of auctions.

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money is a captivating tour of the outrageous world of American antiques, jam-packed with colorful characters, high-stakes scores, and insider tips for all who seek hidden treasure.

American Pickers Guide to Picking

A true adventure story and the go-to guide for "picking" American treasures from anyone's backyard, straight from the stars of History's American Pickers

In these pages, professional treasure hunters Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz chronicle their road trips across the American countryside in search of "rusty gold" to buy and sell among the picking world's one-of-a-kind characters. Whether you are a fan of the show or just like finding hidden riches, you will love seeing what Wolfe and Fritz dig up and enjoy meeting the devoted collectors, extreme stockpilers, and elite dealers who they encounter along the way.