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Where Have All the Young Dealers Gone?

Dealers are the heart of the antiques business, the cheerleaders, and the energy that keeps the whole system flowing. They cultivate collectors. They hunt at all hours of the day and night, in the four corners of the globe, at auctions, flea markets, antique shows, shops, and online for treasures at the right price.

Remembering Bob Skinner

I met Bob Skinner in 1964 at one of his first auctions in Harvard, Massachusetts. He helped me load a Silas Hoadley tall case clock into my car. At $85, it was a big purchase for a 17-year-old! I worked for Bob Skinner that summer, and again after graduating from Wellesley High School. After I joined the Navy, Nancy Skinner wrote to me regularly with updates on Bob’s antique adventures. When I returned home, a job was waiting for me in Bolton, Massachusetts.

The New Collecting Trend: Diversification

Richard Wright Collection

Richard Wright’s collection (Auctioned at Skinner in October 2009) focused on Art Nouveau furniture, but ranged from cold-painted bronzes to Doulton-Lambeth stoneware to arts and crafts lamps, and of course, antique dolls.

Has anyone ever told you to stick to one, specialized collecting area? You can tell them a new trend is emerging, and diversification is the name of the game.

I’m sure you’ve heard that a diversified investment portfolio is a good idea, but we both know that  collecting stocks is not nearly the same as collecting antiques.… Read More