It’s antiques dealers vs auctioneers on HISTORY’s “Real Deal”

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HISTORY is airing a new, 10-part series called “Real Deal,” which zeroes in on the dramatic interaction between buyers and sellers. Taped at Don Presley Auctions’ gallery in Orange, Calif., Real Deal captures the tension that fuels the art of the deal. Antique dealers must summon their expansive knowledge of antiques – and human nature – to clinch the deal. Sellers can walk away from the table at any time and head straight to the auction block, where big money could be awaiting. But there’s always the risk of going home with far less than the dealer offered – or even empty-handed. Read More +

How online video helps antiques dealers tap a Super Bowl audience for pennies

Did you know dealers can produce a video of an antiques business for next to nothing and increase the chance the business will show up in Web searches? The primary purpose of video promoting your antiques business is to drive traffic to your website or online collectibles store, not to sell your item from the video. Wayne Jordan shows us how easy it is to make a video to take advantage of the low-cost online promotion opportunities: If you can take a digital photo then you can make a video for your shop or store. Read More +

“Flea Man” debuts Friday night: new collectibles TV show

A new National Geographic Channel program follows the exploits of flea market veteran Jimmy Kaplow as he travels the U.S. buying and selling. The show looks at the often humorous and touching situations that happen when buyers and sellers meet. It’s the latest reality program to debut on the antiques market ahead of a few others coming late this year and early next year. In the June 17, 2011 series debut (back-to-back episodes at 8 and 9PM ET/PT) Kaplow butts heads with a vintage costume jewelry collector and helps a family that inherited a house full of antiques raise money for their daughter’s medical school expenses.
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