Antique Dealers Bingo
Although just about everyone in the business thinks that the antiques trade is the best in the world, sitting in a village hall for seven hours on a Sunday can be mind numbingly boring. There is only so much coffee you can drink and once you have realised that you cannot complete the crossword desperation can set in.
Therefore, we have antique dealer’s bingo; every dealer has a card and the one who has crossed off the most by the end of the day wins a piece of chocolate cake.
To explain from top left.
“Cheaper on Ebay.”
It may be but is it the same, can you inspect it on Ebay, have you taken postage into consideration?
“I Have one of those but mine is bigger”
Most furniture is worth more the smaller it is.
Asks where you bought your collection
What every item for the past 30 years?
Dealer pretending to be public
A dealer has spotted a bargain and plays dumb not to inform the seller
“50 what, pence”
Trying to impress wife or girlfriend
Asks what the item is despite it being described on ticket
Dealers bad handwriting probably due to too much wine the evening before
“Drew Pritchard would buy that”
Most dealer are too busy to watch antiques television shows so do not know who Drew Pritchard is.
Googles what you have just told them
Some people trust no one
Taps item as strolls past
I do not understand why
You will never get that for it
This is what we do for a living and the price is probably correct – too much Antiques Roadshow breeds “Experts”
Points to an item and names it wrong
It is best to just nod and smile
Stops looking as phone rings
Another lost sale
Asks price even though it is on ticket
Inform of ticket price
Tells you it would be better as a pair
Thanks for that
Member of the public pretending to be dealer
Hoping for a discount - which more commonly dealers are not asking for.
My Mum and Dad had one of those.
Asks if you buy these as they have one.
Well, of course
Is that what it is worth
What do you think?
Photos it without asking
A please goes such a long way
Ignores your “Good morning”
Benefit of the doubt – perhaps hard of hearing
Has unrelated chat with friend at stall
Blocking sales, thanks for that
Starts uninteresting anecdote
“I have only just got here”
There may be many things here that I like more than your stock
Names item correctly
Smile and try to sell it but they already have that model
Holds item up and makes joke to friend.
Offers 50% of the price
No, once again too much daytime TV
Inspects as a CSI inspector
And does not buy
Puts down in disgust at seeing price
Some things rise in value, some things fall.
Puts item back not as it was found
Must put sandwich down to re place
Handles item carelessly
“Well its priced at £60.00 so it’s only worth £10.00”
Top tips for buying at antique fairs and markets.
Get there early as no one is going to save their best stock for you browsing after lunch.
With the larger fairs try and get hold of a preview evening or day invitation.
Ask for no more than 15% discount.
Do not try and pay cheque if you are not known to the dealer.
Do not claim to be an expert when you are not, dealers can tell
Smile and be polite – it will be returned tenfold.