When it comes to getting into the world of antiques then you are basically limited by only three things, the amount of money you have to spend on buying antiques, the storage room for the pieces and your knowledge of antiques. Once you have got past these three factors then a whole new world is open to you.
When it comes to determining how much you want to spend on your new hobby or business venture then it is essential this is given some very serious thought. The budget you have will determine how big your collection will be and also to some extent what types of antiques you should start collecting. Certain types of antiques will of course cost less and so you are able to build up your collection quicker while of course the certain items such as furniture will cost more and so you are limiting yourself to a smaller collection.
Storage is another main consideration when it comes to starting out in antiques, if you are going into business then you will probably have a bigger scope when it comes to showing and storing your collections as you will have acquired property specifically for your antiques. However if you are starting out small scale or are trading from home via online then careful consideration will have to be given as to the type of antiques you are going into unless you wish to turn your home into a very cramped mini museum.
Some collections such as antique jewellery require very little space whilst furniture of course will require adequate room.
How much you know about antiques will also determine what you start out in, it would be in your best interests to start out with antiques that interest you, for example a love of jewellery or fine art.
If you already have an interest in certain types then learning everything you need to know on the subject will be a whole lot easier and of course much more pleasant a process. Knowledge is of the utmost importance when going into the world of antiques and is essential if you are going into antiques as a business, if this is your livelihood then you are in it to make a profit and of course you can only do this by securing your antiques at the best possible price and in the best condition for its period and age.
If you are going into antiques on a large or small scale either working from premises you have secured solely for your antiques business or have your antiques at home then insurance should be given some considerable thought. It is imperative that you have enough insurance to cover your antique collection and this will have to be taken through a specialist insurance company. There is plenty of advice regarding insurers to be found online and auction houses will also put you in touch with specialists, but it is essential however big or small that you are insured.