After the initial airing of Cracking Antiques on Wednesday, 7th April, 8.30 on BBC2, for those people that tuned in, many will now have received the main message of the programme – which is that buying antiques can ultimately save you money. Last night’s show created a scenario where Mark Hill and Kathryn Rayward, the show’s presenters, furnished a client’s bedroom in renovated Louis XV French Rococo revival antiques (c.1910) for a fraction of the cost of new reproductions. Not only did the client save money on the antique furniture, but was more or less guaranteed by antiques expert Mark to make a profit on the items should she decide to sell them in the future. Although Mark and Kathryn were helping their client buy items that were in need of renovation, once made over, the bed for example looked better that new; in fact almost as good as when it was built over a hundred years before, at the beginning of the 20th century.
Mark – when interviewed for an article ‘The new quids on the block’ in The Sun, also on the 7th April, said that there are lots of bargains to be had on the high street and that those early birds amongst us could snap up some ‘future collectibles’. The Sun article continued to advise readers on the investment potential of modern collectibles such as: Swatch watches, vintage posters, 1950s sci-fi annuals, FAT LAVA ceramics, Portmeirion pottery, designer stainless steel teapots, chintzy tea sets, Dartington glass and eighties technology like the ‘brick’ mobile phone.
When searching for modern collectibles and antique cabinets in Lancashire and Cumbria, don’t be afraid to ask local antiques dealers for their advice on the investment potential of items.
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