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Fri Aug 17 2012 11:27:54

Antiques Friday: Warman's on What to Sell Now and Echo Boomers

By: Julia Wilkinson

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TGIAF! Thank God It's Antiques Friday again (hashtag #ABAntiquesFri on Twitter). The topics on most all antiques and collectibles sellers' minds are: what's the state of the market in my niche? What's hot now, what's falling, and what's so flat you could slide it under a door?

Happily, while flipping through my fresh copy of Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2013, some great insights popped out at me. I'll share them with you below, and then I'd love to get your take on them, and also on your own niche.

- Rich people are looking for tangible assets that are "global currency," like contemporary art.
- "Tchotchkes" (aka knick-knacks) are out; a clean look is in.
- "Brown furniture" is out.
- "Echo Boomers," the generation spawned by the "Baby Boomers," are buying up furniture, and their tastes are eclectic. The "wood tables" are out. (What I've noticed: these people read mags like "Dwell").
- Sell now? Asian art. Chinese buyers are trying to reclaim their heritage. But Jean Vidos of New Orleans Auction Galleries expects a bubble here; hence the advice to get it out and sell it now if you're looking to cash in.
- "Mad Men" factor: Mid-century modern is hot, especially with younger collectors.
- Silver is still hot, but "be careful..." of the bubble effect. [And yes, I've noticed it's fallen from its peak around Spring 2011].
- French Provincial and American Victorian are out. (What, now I have to root out all my rooster plates? Oh, the humanity!).

What do you think is hot, not, or the same, in your niche? And do you agree with the trends above? Post a comment here or on the AuctionBytes boards!




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Antiques Friday: Warman's on What to Sell Now and Echo Boomers   Antiques Friday: Warman's on What to Sell Now and Echo Boomers

This user has validated their user name. by: Tula

Fri Aug 17 12:49:43 2012

The 50's and 60's are very popular in terms of all things fashion-related. Craft-related items seem to be popular, too. The whole DIY movement has gained traction, what with things like Maker Faire and Make magazine becoming popular and reality TV shows like Project Runway rekindling interest in creating your own fashion. Maybe it's the recession along with the remake, recycle, reuse sentiment that has led to sites like Etsy and ArtFire becoming popular.

Antiques Friday: Warman's on What to Sell Now and Echo Boomers   Antiques Friday: Warman's on What to Sell Now and Echo Boomers

This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww
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Fri Aug 17 13:46:57 2012

Great observations, Tula! I love the 50s and 60s fashion..in particular I think the dresses of that era were very flattering. I miss one in particular that I used to own which was my mom's. Didn't know about Maker Faire and Make magazine..will check those out! :) - Julia



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