|Fri Jan 11 2013 11:59:33|
So You Want to Be a Picker? Review
By: Julia Wilkinson
Pickers. They conjure up images for many of us of two guys like Mike and Frank from the History Channel's "American Pickers," trolling the American countryside in their funky van and uncovering more old bikes and oil cans than you can shake an antique cane at. But picking comes in many varieties, and a new course by I Antique Online founder Scott Liscomb, So You Want to Be a Picker? spills secrets from a ten-year veteran of the business. On this Antiques Friday (hashtag #ABAntiquesFri on Twitter) we take a look at the course and see if it might make sense for you.
I've heard the first few lessons of the course (they're in video format), and so far I've learned things that I'm confident will help me make more money in my very next outing. The course costs $99, but if you can afford it and want to branch out from haunting yard sales and estate sales into acquiring more and better inventory, I believe the cost will much more than pay for itself if you apply specific methods from Liscomb's years of knowledge.
Liscomb shares his strategies for finding things to pick, including advertising, but other methods as well. His style is straightforward and affable, and I like that he picks up specific items and demonstrates particular points about each that make them valuable or not. I learned something about watches, for example, that I never knew.
One of the more interesting and valuable resources Liscomb offers with the course is what he calls your "lifeline." This is access to himself when you're out scouting with questions. For example, you could text message him a photo of an old watch, he'd text you back a few questions about it, you'd answer, and he'd say something like "Don't pay more than $25 for it."
(Along with many other "rules of thumb," one is the adage that you should not pay more than about 25-30% of the resell price for an item). The course consists of three parts; "How to Be a Successful Picker" (8 video lectures), "Short Tips" (3 lectures), and "Downloadable Documents," which include a form and letter you can use in your picking business, as well as four more lectures.
The bottom line on this course is I think it's a good investment in your antiques and collectibles education if you're relatively new to the field of picking.
Have questions or feedback? Do you think such a course would help you? Post a comment here!
Liscomb is also the Managing Member of A Family Heirloom, LLC is a 10-year old company based in Connecticut which specializes in matching up buyers and sellers in the Antiques, Collectibles and Fine Art Industry. Per his bio, "Scott is currently in over 400 houses per year, as well as appraisal events, charity auctions and estate sales. The business website is www.afamilyheirloom.com and the blog is the aforementioned www.iantiqueonline.com, with approximately 11,000 people in the contact database and the web sites getting about 100,000 page views per month.