UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 08/01/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   08/02/14 - Martin Heaps...   08/02/14 - Blums...   08/02/14 - George Miller IV Auction Co....   08/02/14 - The First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Country Auction...   08/02/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   08/02/14 - Carl E. Ocker...   08/02/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr, Laurel Fox & Michael Stasak, III...   08/02/14 - Chris Doerner...   08/02/14 - Tom Golden...   08/02/14 - Ed Shoop...   08/03/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/03/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   08/05/14 - Uniques & Antiques Auction Sales...   08/06/14 - Nico Auctions...   08/06/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/07/14 - The Renaissance Auction Group...   08/07/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/09/14 - Matthew S. Hurley...   08/09/14 - Aububon's Auctioneers...   08/09/14 - Legacies Old & New, Inc....   08/09/14 - Nevin B. Rentzel...   08/09/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   08/09/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   08/09/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   08/09/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   08/09/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr., Laurel Fox, Michael Stasak III...   08/09/14 - Cindy Fenton...   08/10/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/10/14 - Morphy Auctions...   08/11/14 - Ron Funk...   08/11/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   08/12 & 14/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/15/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   08/15-16/14 - Ron Rhoads...   08/16/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   08/16/14 - Harry H. Bachman...   08/16/14 - Chris Doerner...   08/17/14 - Wheatland Auction Services...   08/21/14 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   08/19-22/14 - James D. Julia, Inc....   08/23/14 - Keystone Auctions ...   08/23-24/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/29-30/14 - Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service...   10/11/14 - Morphy Auctions...   10/11/-12/14 - Morphy Auctions...   
  • 08/01/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   08/02/14 - Martin Heaps...   08/02/14 - Blums...   08/02/14 - George Miller IV Auction Co....   08/02/14 - The First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Country Auction...   08/02/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   08/02/14 - Carl E. Ocker...   08/02/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr, Laurel Fox & Michael Stasak, III...   08/02/14 - Chris Doerner...   08/02/14 - Tom Golden...   08/02/14 - Ed Shoop...   08/03/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/03/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   08/05/14 - Uniques & Antiques Auction Sales...   08/06/14 - Nico Auctions...   08/06/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/07/14 - The Renaissance Auction Group...   08/07/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/09/14 - Matthew S. Hurley...   08/09/14 - Aububon's Auctioneers...   08/09/14 - Legacies Old & New, Inc....   08/09/14 - Nevin B. Rentzel...   08/09/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   08/09/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   08/09/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   08/09/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   08/09/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr., Laurel Fox, Michael Stasak III...   08/09/14 - Cindy Fenton...   08/10/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/10/14 - Morphy Auctions...   08/11/14 - Ron Funk...   08/11/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   08/12 & 14/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/15/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   08/15-16/14 - Ron Rhoads...   08/16/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   08/16/14 - Harry H. Bachman...   08/16/14 - Chris Doerner...   08/17/14 - Wheatland Auction Services...   08/21/14 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   08/19-22/14 - James D. Julia, Inc....   08/23/14 - Keystone Auctions ...   08/23-24/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/29-30/14 - Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service...   10/11/14 - Morphy Auctions...   10/11/-12/14 - Morphy Auctions...   
  • 08/01/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   08/02/14 - Martin Heaps...   08/02/14 - Blums...   08/02/14 - George Miller IV Auction Co....   08/02/14 - The First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Country Auction...   08/02/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   08/02/14 - Carl E. Ocker...   08/02/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr, Laurel Fox & Michael Stasak, III...   08/02/14 - Chris Doerner...   08/02/14 - Tom Golden...   08/02/14 - Ed Shoop...   08/03/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/03/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   08/05/14 - Uniques & Antiques Auction Sales...   08/06/14 - Nico Auctions...   08/06/14 - Sellersville Auction LLC...   08/07/14 - The Renaissance Auction Group...   08/07/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/09/14 - Matthew S. Hurley...   08/09/14 - Aububon's Auctioneers...   08/09/14 - Legacies Old & New, Inc....   08/09/14 - Nevin B. Rentzel...   08/09/14 - Olde Tyme Auctions...   08/09/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   08/09/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   08/09/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   08/09/14 - Michael J. Stasak, Jr., Laurel Fox, Michael Stasak III...   08/09/14 - Cindy Fenton...   08/10/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/10/14 - Morphy Auctions...   08/11/14 - Ron Funk...   08/11/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   08/12 & 14/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   08/15/14 - Stephenson's Auction...   08/15-16/14 - Ron Rhoads...   08/16/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   08/16/14 - Harry H. Bachman...   08/16/14 - Chris Doerner...   08/17/14 - Wheatland Auction Services...   08/21/14 - Barry S. Slosberg, Inc....   08/19-22/14 - James D. Julia, Inc....   08/23/14 - Keystone Auctions ...   08/23-24/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   08/29-30/14 - Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service...   10/11/14 - Morphy Auctions...   10/11/-12/14 - Morphy Auctions...   
Antiques Odyssey Part Trois: The Market

July 21, 2014 Updated July 24, 2014

Antiques Odyssey Part Trois: The Market

By Peter Seibert

This is the next article about my first trip back East to the antiques markets of Pennsylvania. In the former articles, I looked at the mega-malls of Ohio and some old favorites in central Pennsylvania.
As I noted in my last column, the market still seems to be in flux, with prices varying, often extremely, based around geography. I postulated that it was because of the irregular economic recovery and that the dealers who now dominate the trade are pricing to sell antiques. Let me expand upon this. For years, I have seen dealers set-up displays at flea markets, antique malls and even in their own shops where they "offer" parts of their collections for sale. What one first notices is that the prices are double, triple and quadruple what they should be. Second, if they do decide to talk to you, what you will find is that they have been told to set-up and sell stuff by a spouse who is tired of the collection dominating the house. So, they price it high in the hopes that no one will buy anything and if someone does buy…then a high price then justifies getting rid of the item. These "museum dealers" dominated a lot of malls and flea markets for years. Now, many are gone and we are seeing prices shaking out as their influence wanes.
I spent some time talking to some friends who are dealers down in Shrewsbury, Pa. The issues that they raised with me were how to target new audiences. Its clear the market is struggling with the decline of the Baby Boomers as the major buying force in the trade. What does that mean for the future of collecting? Well, let me begin by saying that I get frustrated…okay, let’s be honest…really angry at the folks who say that young people "don't know anything about antiques and have terrible taste." Hmmm….sounds like "why can't they be like we are, perfect in every way, what's the matter with kids today?"
The differences between Boomers and Gen X and Millenials are very fundamental. I would argue that a couple of those differences are:
1) The use of technology. Gen X and Millenials use technology to price shop for everything.
2) A different sense of nostalgia. Gen X and Millenials grew up in vastly complex and different family situations. As a result, their connections to the past are far more diverse than Boomers.
3) The influence of popular culture. While every generation is influenced by pop culture, the widespread impact of HG/TV and similar networks and shows has influenced collecting.
Lets talk about these in a little more detail. At the Millicent Rogers Museum, we see people who want to purchase jewelry all the time. The difference is that Boomers assume that they are getting a good deal while Gen X and Millenials will pull out a smartphone and do their research on the spot. How do we work within than framework? We research online and are constantly being competitive with our pricing.
Gen X and Millenials are the products, in many cases, of divorced households. When I started school in 1969, I was unique as the product of divorced parents. When I graduated high school in 1983, 55 percent of our class was living with one parent. This is significant as to how we view antiques and particularly the nostalgia for the past. Living with multiple parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles has meant that there are few common points of familiarity. The annual connection to grandma's house for Christmas each year (and the antiques associated with it) may not exist if there are four sets of grandparents (assuming remarriages).
These two factors have been significant in the changing face of antiques. However, the impact of popular culture decorating shows may be the biggest factor in the changing face of collecting. Next issue, we talk about that topic!

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