A definitive guide to dealing. -- The Dealer
The best practical introduction so far seen on buying and selling collectables on the internet. -- antiquesnews.co.uk
This book is astonishingly thorough. -- Antiques Trade Gazette
From the Author
The antiques trade is a wonderful world, full of beautiful things and great bargains but it's also a place where you can make mistakes and lose money. My book is written just for you, to guide you through the intricacies of a very exciting business and show you how to make the most out of it. You don't have to want to make money to use this book, you can even be an existing dealer - one of my readers had been a dealer for 30 years when he read the first edition and it saved him money because I said things he'd never thought about - because I'm not just a writer, I'm also a dealer so I know where people will make mistakes, get caught out or just miss out on some great buys. I've been there. I get up at 3am to do fairs, I have travelled 1,000 miles a week to buy stock and even gone on overseas buying trips to get that extra special stock - or I get up at 9 at weekends, potter down to my local boot fair or auction and enjoy buying antiques and collectables.
I'm also a collector which, as you know, is addictive but I've learnt that, when bills need to be paid, those collections come in very handy - as long as you've bought at the right price. I'll show you how.
As a journalist, I've had to cover so many different areas and, working in TV and radio, I need to be able to value everything from art to furniture, jewellery to china and even household items. You get used to thinking fast and knowing what things are worth - or how much you're willing to pay and I'll teach you how to do what I do. No other book will do this for you - which is why I was asked to write it.
Above all, I want you to enjoy reading my book so I've divided it into sections - if you don't want anything to do with the Internet, don't worry, you don't have to, miss out part 4 and just carry on. I love the Internet and use it a lot but I'm not going to tell anybody that there's only one way to buy and sell antiques. This is your book, do with it as you wish, it really will help you to get more out of the antiques trade whether you're buying, selling or just looking,