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Helpful Antique Dealer Terms

Antique dealers are located all over the world. These professionals collect a vast array of vintage furniture, old guns, classic jewelry, and artwork from long ago. After all, the right tables, glass sculptures, vintage toys, and porcelain dolls can be worth a great deal of money. Once they are appraised, these items are commonly sold to collectors. High prices are often paid for the right piece of pottery, chair, map, or ring. In order to better understand this unique business, it is helpful to take a look at the definitions listed below.

  • Appraise – To assess the value of something. This is often based on quality, condition, age, and how rare the item is.
  • Antique – This is basically a collectable object of considerable age, such as a glass table, desk, mirror, or piece of old furniture.
  • Vintage – A past time or era in which something was made. This can refer to wine, jewelry, clothing, lamps, clocks, and even books.
  • Antique Dealer – A professional that specializes in the collection and sales of vintage and rare objects. These experts typically own or work in a store or shop that offers various pieces of furniture, jewelry, books, and vintage clocks.
  • Collectible – An item that is difficult to come by, and may be worth a great deal of money especially years after it was produced; this can be a clock, mirror, table, or painting.
  • Antique Map – These are rare maps that were made long ago, and can display various regions, countries, or the entire globe.
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    Schafers Antiques
    Santa Ana, CA 92701
    Providing the largest selection of antiques in the local Alfred area from our antique dealers. Offering furniture, dishes, china and collectibles at our professional antique dealers.
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    National Antique and Art Dealers Assn of America
    New York, NY 10022
    If you're looking for antique dealers, consult our site and find the information you need. We provide all the info a new or seasoned antique collector should know in your local area for free.
     
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    Rainbow Rhino
    Po Box 787, Wells, ME 04090
    Buy and sell antiques & vintage ephemera, books, oils and watercolor paintings, photos, small furniture, pottery, folk art items, and repair of old typewriters, computers.
    (207) 641-2270
    MacDougall-Gionet Antiques
    2104 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
    The accent at MacDOUGALL-GIONET ANTIQUES & ASSOCIATES is on genuine American, English, Continental & Oriental antiques at affordable prices.
    (207) 646-3531
    Thomas Johnson Antique Restoration
    187 Flaggy Meadow Rd, Gorham, ME 04038
    Restoration, repair, and refinishing of fine and antique furniture since 1979. In addition to offering service for local clients, we offer pick up and delivery for long distance customers.
    (207) 222-2266
    Hurlbutt Designs
    53 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043
    (207) 967-4110
    Americana Workshop
    111 York St, Kennebunk, ME 04043
    (207) 985-8356
    Antiques On Nine LLC
    81 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043
    (207) 967-0626
    Dave's Discount
    119 York St, Kennebunk, ME 04043
    (207) 205-3040
    Kate Madison Antiques & Furniture
    17 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043
    (207) 967-8989
    Hollis Center Antiques & Collectibles
    506 Hollis Rd, Hollis Center, ME 04042
    (207) 929-3311
    J&J Antiques
    299 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
    (207) 284-0007
    Arundel Antiques
    1713 Portland Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
    (207) 985-7965
    Nothing New Antiques
    2796 Portland Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
    (207) 286-1789
    Bacon's
    1740 Portland Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
    (207) 985-1401
    Ron's Antique Autos
    762 River Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
    (207) 985-2702
    Young Maralyn
    460 Limerick Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
    (207) 985-2312


    When looking for proper collectibles, your best bet is to check with an antique dealer. These folks have extensive knowledge on vintage items and will be able to find and appraise the pieces you need. Antiques are old collectible items that are often desired either for their rarity, condition, or beauty. The term isn't often applied to anything younger than 50 years old. This can be applied to general things like furniture, toys, jewelry, and books. Some folks look for specific items, like glass lamps, china dolls, or revolutionary war guns. The definition of an antique can vary from year to year, though any piece over 100 years old is often considered one. This can include works of art, pieces of pottery or porcelain, and any other ornamental decoration that may be considered valuable. Dealers work directly with auction houses, stores, or independently to find collectibles for sale. Often they have to meet with contacts to act on behalf of their clients. Some dealers specialize in one aspect of the trade, so when looking for a proper agent, be sure to ask. If you're looking for a particular roll top desk, a grandfather clock, or a table from the 18th century, seek out a specialist who deals mainly in furniture. He'll be able to appraise the pieces properly to get you the best price. If you own an antique shop, you may want to work with these folks to get you stocked up on the best furniture (i.e. tables, chairs, etc.), glass mirrors, and vintage clothing. They'll also be able to help you seek harder to find things like heirloom rings or vintage maps.
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