There is a wide range of antiques (or old things) that you can collect,
ranging from the obvious furniture, china and pictures, to the more exotic
beer mats, packages, clothes and postcards.
There are specialist
organisations for enthusiasts for many different kinds of antique
collectors; for more information see those organisations
You can specialise in a particular period or maker as well as
in type of things, or you can just collect whatever takes your fancy.
Some people collect items to keep for their own pleasure. Others
enjoy trading in their area of interest.
See also stamp collecting
and other collecting; the latter covers the collection of a wide
range of more modern items.
There are a number of general and professional organisations concerned with antique
dealing including the following.
Antiques Directory www.antiques-directory.co.uk/
Antiques Domain www.antiques-domain.com/
Antiques Web www.antiques-web.co.uk/
Antiques World www.antiquesworld.co.uk/
More specialist organisations for amateurs include:
British Horological Institute www.bhi.co.uk/
British Watch & Clock Collectors Association www.timecap.co.uk/homepage.htm
Wedgwood Society of Great Britain www.geocities.com/Heartland/3203/WSGB.html
Antiques Trade Gazette
The Antique Dealer and Collectors Guide
Find a local group
or club covering the type of antiques that interest you (see organisations above).
Take a class or course at your local
adult education centre.
Consult books or magazines
on different types of antiques.
Check in your local library/paper
or education centre for more information.
Skills and people
Collecting is done by people of all ages, and both
Much of the activity of collecting can be done at home on your own,
using catalogues, the telephone, and increasingly the Internet. But
many also go frequently to shops and markets, auctions, and jumble
Many enthusiasts also enjoy the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a
of some kind. This can be a local group, or one linked by mail or Internet
Through membership of a group, enthusiasts can share their
enthusiasm, learn about new opportunities and exchange surplus items from
Equipment or clothing
The basic requirements are the things that make up the collection, a
minimum of money with which to acquire them and some place to store
Money and storage space vary greatly depending on what you
collect; a collection of quality antique furniture will take much
more of both than one of old packaging or postcards.
A place or facilities
No special facilities (other than for storage) are needed.
Groups usually meet in a local hall
or room, including sometimes at members' homes.