Poll data shows growing number of younger antiques buyers

After conducting a similar survey last year, the Asheford Institute of Antiques (a distance-learning program on antiques and appraising), has released its latest trending data on the antiques marketplace for 2013. The survey, which is aimed at compiling the purchase trends of customers buying antiques over a 12-month period, was brought back this year after an overwhelming response on the school’s website (www.asheford.com) from readers requesting more information, said Charles Green, director of the Institute.

School Publications Director Tony Drew stated that the primary focus of this year’s survey was to again gauge interest in current trends of antiques and collectibles, based on sales and requests for particular items. He stressed that while no stringent scientific formulas were employed, and the survey was informal in nature, the results were still quite interesting when viewed in their entirety.

“What we’re seeing is still a basic reflection of last year’s poll,” said Drew, “but on an even more magnified level – younger buyers are definitely becoming the norm, and there seems no doubt that all the television shows out there about antiques and collectibles are having some influence on this demographic.”  Drew stated one noticeable trend was the move toward smaller collectibles from the 1950s and ’60s, with younger buyers leading the way. Complete results of the Asheford Institute poll can be viewed at www.asheford.com/2013-survey-results.html.

For more information on the A.I.A., contact 877-444-4508 or write to Asheford Institute of Antiques, 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275GSV20, Destin, FL 32541-2525, or at their Canadian office: 131 Bloor St. West, Suite 200, Dept. 124, Toronto, ON M5S 1R8.