Five Antique Pieces Worth Investing In
Some antique pieces are always popular, whereas others fall out of favour. It's important to invest in types of antiques that actually interest you and that are always going to be popular in order to make them sound investments for the future. Here we look at five types of antiques that could be considered safer opportunities.
Gold and silver have been popular since ancient times and there seems no likelihood that this will change. Indeed, with the current financial crisis gripping many of the world's economies, investing in gold and silver is a better option than stocks and shares. There are many different types of silver items to buy, particularly from jewellery to cutlery, but for gold, jewellery is the outright winner.
Collecting antique coins is a good investment, as they just never decrease in value - unless the condition of the coins deteriorate greatly. Unlike fragile china, for instance, there is no risk of the item being irrevocably damaged. Insuring coins won't be difficult and they are one of the most interesting type of antique to collect. Collections can be made up from different periods in history, or from different countries.
Furniture is another type of antique that can reap dividends for an investor. It can be expensive to purchase and a some knowledge of the most respected furniture makers is a must. Space will be a major consideration for anyone hoping to build up a collection of antique furniture. To keep its value, the furniture cannot be just dumped in the garage.
Investing in art antiques is one of the best options on all, especially for someone with a good knowledge of art. Bargains can be picked up at various types of sales, especially car boot and garage sales. Many people will sell paintings for ridiculously low prices, because they have no real knowledge of either the artist, or the value of the work itself. Any art that is purchased will need to be carefully looked after and never put on display where sunlight can affect its colour.
Children's toys are antiques that not only appeal to adults, who will buy such items for their nostalgic appeal, but they are of historic value also. Many people are fascinated by toys that were made in Victorian times and by earlier versions of toys that are still popular. Toys that are unopened are valued highly by antique collectors.
When thinking of investing in antiques such as coins or silver antiques, also think about insurance costs. It's sensible to both invest and protect and insurance will help to give peace of mind.