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December 26, 2013

Speculative buying for 2014--'vintage' is a key word

As with any type of investment venture, the antique market is a game of buy low, sell when the market peaks.

I find that many collector, while not actually “dealers,” work on the theory that dabbling in resale is a great way to support their collecting habit. Ready for a little speculative buying in 2014? Here are my top picks for items that the diligent shopper can purchase buy low... and sell high.

As we enter a new year, the key word is “vintage”. To the surprise of many Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), the toys, art and even home decor they knew as a child have taken on a monetary value. Things that they cherished as a child have now become desirable to collectors who are drawn to the kitchy randomness of the second half of the 20th Century.

1) Vintage vinyl records and albums from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s are in high demand. Purchased by those of us who remember when these records topped the charts, as well as the 20 something crowd, strong sellers include the Beatles, ‘70s rock, ‘80s rock and new wave and obscure artists from 1960 to 1990. Condition and rarity are the largest determinants of value, so exercise caution until you have done your homework.

2) Once considered a throw-away, turn tables are back. Belt-driven models from Philco and Pioneer, German made 4-speed dual turntables and direct drive automatic return models are all desirable. Just make certain they are in good working order, as repairs can be costly.

3) Vintage furniture will hold strong in 2014, so head for the thrift store! Lighting fixtures, upholstered chairs, blonde furniture and Scandinavian design occasional pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s are common finds.

4) Vintage kitchen items and hostess pieces are fun to use and can still be had for pennies on the dollar. Remember your Mom’s Pyrex bowls? They are back in vogue as are Melmac dishes, green and red handled utensils, ‘60s bar accessories.pitcher and glass sets and punch bowls.

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