4 Great Antique Guides for Collectors

4 Great Antique Guides for Collectors

Knowing the right price is one of the most important things about buying or selling antiques. As a buyer, you want to make sure youíre not overpaying for items. As a seller, you want to set a fair price for items. Thatís why antique guides are so helpful!

antiques price guides

If youíre looking to price your collectibles, check out some of the books and websites below.

  1. Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014 by Antique TraderFor decades, Antique Trader has provided annual updates for prices on fine art, dolls, furniture, quilts, glassware, and much more. There are thousands of different photos to browse, as well as insight into auctions, the market, and rare items. Reviewers say itís a must-have for collectorsbecause of itsvaluable pricing information.

    Click hereto see the book.

  2. Kovelís Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2014by Kim and Terry KovelKovelís has been a leader in the pricing game for more than 40 years, so itís no surprise that its annual guide is filled with tons of information. There are 700 different antiques categories to browse and thousands of photographs, with a special emphasis on having an easy-to-use index for reference. With tens of thousands of up-to-date prices, this book isÖ wellÖ priceless!

    Click hereto see the book. Kovelís also has a very thorough website where you can research prices ñ see it by clicking here.

  3. Millerís Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015by Judith MillerAnother comprehensive price guide, this book features a lot of photographs ñ weíre talking more than 8,000 items featured so you can easily spot what youíre looking for. With so many colorful pictures, info on markings, and prices, this guide offers a very visual take on lots of collectibles that makes it easy to browse.

    Click hereto see the book. To visit Millerís searchable website, click here.

  4. eBay.comSure, itís not a definitive price guide like these books ñ but you can definitely use it as a resource to price items and see what other people are asking for the same or similar items. While not always an exact science, it can be a great tool for comparisons and starting your search. eBay is valuable because unlike books in print that stay static, prices are always moving with the market.

    Click hereto see eBay’s “What’s It Worth” tool, which offers a bit of insight on the item’s average price on eBay.

There are lots of other price guides and online resources to browse, but these are some of the most widely used for figuring out prices and value. With a handy collectorís guide at your side, browsing flea markets, auctions, and antique stores ñ or trying to sell some collectibles of your own ñ is definitely a lot easier.