Kovels Komments [February 6, 2008]: Antiques and Collectibles Market Sales Up GOOD NEWS AT LAST
Several signs show the international antiques and collectibles market is getting better in spite of the gloomy reports on the general economy. Much of the collectibles market--the sales online, at flea markets or house sales--are part of the "hidden economy" that is not reported in official figures. Sotheby's and Christie's expect 20 percent more in sales this year than 2007 during their major February auctions in London. That would represent an 80 percent increase over 2006. TIAS online shops say their business was up 19 percent in volume over December 2006. Live auctions, those where you sit in the audience and bid like the good old days, are getting bidders who want to buy bargains to collect or resell online. Old-time auctioneers are learning to have online bidding available and Internet buyers are learning to buy from traditional auctions, especially small regional firms. Sales have gone up for on-land sellers. The big shows this winter are reporting increased attendance. Usually secretive dealers tell us it has been a season with more business. The best, the biggest, and the most unusual sell the quickest. We have talked to small-shop dealers who also have had great sales since October. Let's hope it keeps up.
My own three favorite places: Trophy Hair, Blue Moon, Mountaineer Auction in Charleston report no decline and they often have wonderful WV glass. In the Huntington area Bus Barn Antiques Mall(Antiques, Collectibles Sports Memorabilia, WV Glass)402 18th Street West, Huntington304-429-3485Central City Market(Farmers Market, Amish Market)555 14th St. West, Huntington304-525-1500http://www.centralcitymarket.com/Adam's Avenue Antique Mall(Antique Mall)1460 Adams Ave.304-523-7231Memories of the Heart Antiques(Antiques, Vintage, Jewelry, Folk Art by Vonnie)617 14th St. West304-697-5301Old Central Auction(Auctions, Antiques)1404 Adams Ave., Huntington304-544-4880Antique Center, Inc.Brass Masters Metal Polishing(Antiques, Quality Restoration)610 14th St. West304-523-7887 email@example.com://www.blackcatantiques.com/Grandmother’s Attic(Antiques)444 W. 14th St., Huntington304-525-4880, Open DailyLaredo Steaks & Seafood(Restaurant)2134 5th St.304-697-4810Hattie & Nan’s(Antiques)521 W. 14th St., Huntington304-523-8844, Open Daily . KEEP SHOPPING!