Q: What is an antique ?
A: An object that is over 100 years old, whereas something younger may be “vintage” or “collectible”. I deal mostly in antiques, but also vintage items of good design and quality.
Q: Are antiques a good investment ?
A: You should not consider them as financial investments, but as means to enrich your life & surroundings. Consider this: if you paid $100 for an item which you enjoyed looking at for 10 years, it has cost you only 2.7 cents per day !
Q: Is silver a good investment, because it is a precious metal ?
A: Modern silver objects (under 100 years old) are so plentiful that they are valued mostly for silver content; items of good design, made by esteemed “names”, can exceed bullion value.
Q: Does that apply to silverplate items ?
A: No, because silverplate has such a thin layer of silver only on the surface that it isn’t worth the energy cost to recover it.
Q: Then, what should I collect ?
A: What you like ! Buy the best you can afford, for that will give you greater satisfaction than many lesser things. Don’t let others dictate your tastes !
Q: But why I can’t I sell items for more than I paid ?
A: Because public interest in items fluctuates. Many categories of antiques & vintage items have fallen in value lately, because they are not “in favor” with collectors today.