In a time when predictions for retail are up in the air there is one phrase that rings true; “You’ve got to be in it to win it.” We have seen a real increase in visitors to the site and sellers that regularly add all of their items are getting a great deal of attention. The more items you have listed on the site, the more buyers you attract and they stay on the site longer so make sure that you are adding items regularly. It also means that all your items are listed as separate items on search engines such as Google so the more items you add the better your chance at getting your antiques into the hands of a valued buyer!
If you feel you have too many sites to update we can make it easier for you to list items. Antiques.co.uk offers a free service that will update our site directly from your website whenever you make catalogue changes. By linking to Antiques.co.uk via an XML feed we can make sure that every time an item is added to your website; it is listed on our site for all our buyers to see. This not only saves you time but it makes sure that you have the option of controlling your listings from one source. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Meet the Experts
The Antiques.co.uk team is always hard at work putting together the resources you need to sell your items effectively. Our own resident antiques expert is Iain Brunt, mastermind of Antiques.co.uk. He's always on hand to answer questions about the service or offer any useful tips and tricks to boost your sales.
Fiona Bruce says "The Antiques Roadshow isn't just about antiques - it's history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one". Both buyers and seller are being given the chance to become a part of the Antiques Roadshow as Fiona reveals the 2009 recording dates.
We have also teamed-up with Paul Martin from BBC's “Flog It!” to find out a bit about what it’s like being an expert bargain-spotter. In his interview Paul tells us what to look out for when locating that treasured piece. We also have details of the Flog It! team's valuation day dates throughout April and May.
If you provide a conservation/restoration service for antiques then we'd like to hear from you. We get inundated with requests from buyers about where to find the best conservators so we decided to start a directory of our own. If you can mend Victorian saddles, bring paintings back to life or provide any type of conservation service and would like to be listed please email us at email@example.com.
When an impressive Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase featured on the latest edition of The Antiques Roadshow, valuer Stephen Moore wanted to suggest it could bring a handsome sum of £10,000-15,000. As is sometimes the case, the valuation was discussed and deemed a little ambitious so it went on air on Sunday, 22 March with the owner from Anglesea being told her vase might reach £6000-8000 if sold at auction.
The vase, standing at 16 1/2in (42cm) tall, is unusually decorated in a variation of the Lahore pattern with moose and a giraffe, designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones. It is a previously unknown combination of pattern and shape – and the combination of the two was considered particularly successful.
However on 12 March, two weeks before the vase was featured on the BBC due to delay between recording and screening, the vase was sent to auction in Macclesfield. Adam Partridge of North Rode estimated in the sales catalogue that the vase would be reach £3000 - £5000 on the day. However no-one was more surprised that the owner when, after eight telephone bidders fought for it, the vase eventually sold to a UK buyer for £14,400!
Featured Item of the Month
This month's Featured Item is a beautiful polo Victorian composed liqueur set inscribed Sunshine Middlewood Polo cup 1900 made by John and William Deaking Chester and Brimingham 1897