Antique dealers buy and sell antique objects and
collectors' items. They may deal in a wide range of
antiques or specialise in a particular field such as
jewellery, glass, furniture or china.
Antique dealing involves acquiring items from salesrooms, auctions, markets and trade fairs, and selling them to the general public from shops or from stalls in antique centres. Some antique specialist dealers may work from home, buying and selling to order. With usage of the internet increasing many dealers now buy and sell some items online. Minor antique restoration work may be necessary.
An important part of the work is researching the identity and potential value of objects. As antiques have no fixed price, dealers must be able to negotiate purchases and sales on an individual basis. They may also advise owners on the value of their antiques for insurance or sales purposes.
There are no set hours of work. Antique dealers have to
be prepared to work long and unsocial hours, including
weekends and evenings.
A driving licence is essential as the work may involve a fair amount of travelling. Nights away from home may be necessary.
The work may also involve lifting and carrying.
To be an antique dealer, you should:
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