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An antique is an object that carries information about an age before the present time. Generally, objects considered as antiques have a strong handmade character or design details representing a moment in time, a past trend, or a manufacturer in particular. You can deal with antiques in two ways: casually or as a hobby. In this site we are going to focus on the casual use of antiques, which happens to be the most common. People who look for antiques as an ornament or as a gift are related to them in an accidental or casual way: most probably, they will not purchase more than two or three antiques in their lifetime. On the other hand, there are collectors, people who acquire antiques as a hobby. These people have a different interest in these objects, and the value of the piece is not often related to beauty, rather it is related to their strangeness or the difficulty to find them.

In this site, we are going to address those people who want to purchase a piece of antique furniture for their new apartment or want to give a collection toy as a gift to decorate the office of a loved one. We will try to help you buy anything you want in the best possible way. The purpose of this site is to give you instructions to buy correctly in each case. When purchasing antiques, there is an added value that is very important. In other words, the price depends on the material and the complexity of the construction, as in any other product -but we have to add the huge cost it represents for being considered an "antique". That is our aim, to recognize if the object has or has not a real value as an antique, or it is simply a nice object.

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Antiques acquire special value because they represent either a period in time or a series that could be interesting. Every type of object falling into the category of «antique»must have this sine qua non, an essential and distinctive feature from other objects. However, this quality common to all antiques, is the only one that should be taken into account when buying, since each type of antique has its particular features in order to fall into this category. It is clear that its status as an antique is not the only important quality to us. For a collector, that is the important thing: its status as an antique. Nevertheless, for casual antique consumers this is not the only important thing: you also have to check the beauty of the object, its durability, its possible uses, its fragility, etc., the same conditions we look at when we are buying an ordinary object, such as a dinning table. We make this point clear, since sometimes people concentrate too much on verifying if a certain object is an antique or not, and forget to see it as an ornament, a piece of furniture, and as such it has to fulfill basic capacities.

Finally, some people decide to purchase antiques because these objects have great possibilities of increasing their value: the value they have when you buy them is going to increase throughout time. Thus, buying an antique is an investment; when you sell it, you will receive more money than you had spent on it. However, that is not the aim of this site -our objective is to inform you on how to buy an antique correctly, avoiding imitations, and not on how to invest money in antiques.


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