readers’ letters

Question of the Week: Pay (more) to have and to hold?

This week’s Antique Trader Question of the Week: When you have to pay rental on a storage unit to keep your collections – whether they’re antiques or not – you have to consider that those costs are really investments into whatever it is you’re storing … making your stored items cost you more. Under...

Question of the Week: Favorite books?

Our antiques question of the week:What are some of your favorite antiques and collectibles reference books? Are all of them related to your own collections? Do you see yourself picking up an e-reader (such as Kindle) in the not-too-distant future? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader,...

What is a ‘merchandise hold,’ anyway?

Question of the Week: Under what circumstances are sellers required to ‘hold’ merchandise for customers? What are some of your ‘hold’ policies or experiences? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. — Posted by Karen Knapstein ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • Find us...

Question of the Week: Antiques business advice

Antique Trader Question of the Week: When you started collecting or dealing, how did you benefit from a mentor or experienced relative? What advice would you pass on to anyone trying to establish themselves in the antiques business? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E....

Changing with your customers

Responses to Wayne Jordan’s guest column published in last week’s issue are coming in fast and furious. It seems Mr. Jordan, a Virginia appraiser and auctioneer, struck a nerve in both veteran and novice dealers alike with his comments on how the antiques trade can reach out to members of Generation X.

Question of the Week: One way to reach younger buyers?

In order to reach younger buyers, should  dealers sell an antique’s ‘function’ rather than its beauty or investment potential? Post your replies here on the blog, or send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. You can also post your replies...

Question of the Week: When & how do you research?

Question of the Week: Do you research your antiques and collectibles before or after you buy them? If so, how do you research them? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. Or post a message here on the Antique Trader...

Question of the Week: Is a new look necessary?

Question of the Week: As a shop owner, do you think it is important to rearrange your merchandise on a regular basis? Send your replies to eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ • Find us on Twitter HERE. • Find us on...