Antiques are among the most tangible alternative assets, they are collected for their aesthetic appeal as much as their use and value. Items should always be examples of fine craftsmanship and be in good condition. Investing in antiques is a medium-to-long term venture however unlike investing in the volatile world of stocks & shares you will be able to enjoy your investment while it appreciates in value.
By purchasing from a recognised dealer each antique will come with a guarantee of authenticity which is extremely important as fakes & reproductions are plentiful! They may seem like a bargain at the time but they will never be a true investment.
Don’t be afraid to ask your local antique dealer lots of questions they are the experts in this field and are there to help you make an informed decision.
Most importantly buy only what you like from a period and style that suits you. If you don’t like a piece do not buy it simply for investment purposes as you will soon tire of it.
Antiques are an investment therefore do not be put of by price, quiet often they will cost less than you might expect and can be less than the cost of a weekend short break!
Antiques need not be all or nothing, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes which will suit the most contemporary of apartments, to the semi-detached/townhouses through to the period county homes. Furnish your space in the predominant style you want adding a statement piece in contrast to achieve an uncompromising style that suits you and your home.
When you see an item that you love and know will suit you do not hesitate to buy it. The joy of antiques is that they are one-off items and you will never come across another piece exactly the same, so don’t take a chance that the piece will be available for long.