Are you looking for that unique gift to satisfy the man or woman who has it all, while supporting local businesses and being environmentally friendly? So maybe it’s time to consider an ancient Christmas.
While it might lack the immediate ease of an Amazon gift list, choosing an antique gift shows a much deeper level of thought and will certainly be more appreciated by the recipient than another pair of socks or socks. a scented candle.
When it comes to antiques, the possibilities are endless. Do you have a bookworm in the family? – so how about a first edition of their favorite novel, or an original book illustration? A passionate cook? – maybe they would like a cake stand, silver scoops or their own fancy nutmeg grater? Want to impress with jewelry? Buying antiques means that not only will the piece be unique, but the quality of stones and gold is likely to be better than mainstream pieces of the equivalent price, while pieces from dreamy designers may also be. be purchased at a fraction of the price.
In addition to a plethora of potential Christmas gift ideas, auctions and antique shops can provide new ideas for festive decorating. Fine art ornaments or decorations are a change from the same old garlands and plastic baubles, while your Christmas dinner table might benefit from a colorful majolica tureen with a bunch of holly, a pair of silver Georgian candelabra, or candelabra. napkin rings Stuart Devlin.
Fancy some after-dinner entertainment? If endless games of Trivial Pursuit put you to sleep and Pie Splat threatens to jack up your dry cleaning bill, then perhaps a game of tabletop croquet would remind you of a sunnier season, while Racing Game, a game of French course gives you ample opportunity to bet the silver shilling of the Christmas pudding.
Buyers new to the antique world, however, should be careful and do their research before parting with their money. Just as some online or large-scale retailers provide better service than others, so do antique shops and auction houses. Many dealers are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA), which means they are carefully vetted – like CheckaTrade for antiques – while auction houses are covered by the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers. If you are buying at auction, be sure to ask for a condition report and keep in mind that a buyer’s premium (between 15% and 30%) is likely to apply in addition to the price you are bidding. Any auction house worth its salt will be able to advise you on where to have antique jewelry cleaned, repaired, or resized. stay in the recipient’s memory longer.