10 Apr 2021
October 16, 2009 - Filed under: Antiques Advice,Selling Antiques — David

The dealers will always be there first, waiting patiently as car booters arrive with their boots stuffed full of potential. Before people even have time to set up their stalls, the dealers will hover, their eyes pouring over each item that is brought out from the back of the car. At first the attention received from these people can be quite overwhelming, and it is at this moment that items can be sold at silly prices. Despite their often rather scruffy appearances, these people can make a lot of money out of other’s unwanted items and anything bought early on will very likely be sold at highly inflated prices.

The local car boot sale can often produce valuable pieces of antique furniture, pottery, glass and anything else that sells well in today’s antiques marketplace. The dealer relies very much on the fact that many car booters do not know the true value of what they have brought with them. Most often it is small pieces of early English porcelain (blue and white Worcester) that slip through the radar and are picked up for a song at a car boot sale. Pieces bought for 50p can often be sold on for £300-400.

So the car booter has to be very wary and play the game well. They need to know what they have in their boots and a general idea of the value. Then they have to decide whether to sell early to the dealer or wait for a better price. Of course, the ordinary punter also wants a bargain. So whether a genuine antique or everyday item, it has to be priced competitively, otherwise both dealers and punters will not be tempted to buy.

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