The Unofficial Guide to Collecting Antiques
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About the Author Sonia Weiss can tell you everything you need to know about collecting antiques. A reporter Wand writer for more than 20 years, she was raised around porcelains, glass, and contemporary art, all passionately collected by her parents. As a young adult, Sonia collected antique cameras and Depression glass. She is still an avid collector of items from the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau periods, including art glass, pottery, beaded purses, and boxes in various media. Sonia has written many articles on collectibles for Joy of Collecting magazine in addition to a number of feature stories on antiques and the people who collect them. In addition to The Unofficial Guide to Collecting Antiques, her books include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baby Names, The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Baby Names, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Affair-Proof Love, all for Alpha Books; The Cigar Enthusiast (Berkley); and The Metro Denver Relocation Guide (Heritage Media Corp.). She contributed to For the Love of Dogs and Hope, Faith & Healing (Publications International, Ltd.), and the Jones Encyclopedia of the Information Infrastructure.


The Unofficial Guide Reader's Bill of Rights.

The Unofficial Guide Panel of Experts.


I. What They Are and Why We Want Them.

1. The Allure of Antiques.

2.Becoming a Collector.

3. Understanding Value.

II. Finding Antiques.

4. Antiques Shops and Malls.

5. Antiques Shows.

6. The Auction Scene.

III. Still More Places for Finding Antiques.

7. Antiques on the Internet.

8. Other Sources.

IV. Buying Antiques.

9. Buying at Auction.

10. Buying Online.

11. Buying from Dealers.

V. Selling Antiques.

12. Becoming a Seller.

13. Selling Options.

VI. Displaying, Managing, and Caring for Antiques.

14. Decorating with Antiques.

15. Caring for Antiques.

16. Protecting Your Collection (and Your Investment).

A. Glossary.

B. Resource List.

C. Further Reading.

D. Major Auction Houses, Directories, Markets, and Shows.

E. Internet Resources.