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Antique Dealer Profile


Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Antique Dealer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Antique Dealer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Antique Dealer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Antiques are old objects that usually have some aesthetic, historic or financial value. An object must be over 100 years old to qualify as an antique for legal purposes such as duty free import and export, but many objects and items sold by antique dealers are merely collectors' items and not sold as antiques.

• Antique dealers buy and sell a large variety of such objects. They buy from auctions, markets and trade fairs, and sell to the general public through their own premises, usually a shop.
• They may deal in a wide range of antiques, or specialise in a field such as jewellery, glass, furniture or china.
• Antique dealers work long hours, including weekends and evenings. Most of the work takes place indoors at shops or salesrooms. Dealers may travel, so a driving licence is essential.

Antique dealers should have:

• a passionate interest in the items they deal in
• good judgement and ability to make quick decisions
• business ability and good sales technique.

There are over 20,000 antique dealers in the UK, working from shops, antiques markets and fairs and from home. Most are self-employed, some are part time and a few combine dealing with restoration work. There are no full-time courses specifically for antique dealing. There are a number of ways to start, such as joining one of the smaller or medium-sized antique or auction houses as an assistant, or gaining some experience through work in a salesroom or an auction house as a porter, clerk, cataloguer, valuer or auctioneer. It is common for older people to go into antique dealing. This can be the result of a long-term hobby or experience in an associated field such as art dealing. There is no promotion for self-employed antique dealers - their success depends on increasing sales, turnover and profit.

What does the role encounter?

Antiques are old objects that usually have some aesthetic, historic or financial value. An object must be over 100 years old to qualify as an antique for legal purposes such as duty free import and export, but many objects and items sold by antique dealers are merely collectors items and are not sold as antiques. Antique dealers buy and sell a large variety of such objects. They buy from auctions, markets and trade fairs, and sell to the general public through their own premises, usually a shop. Some specialist antique dealers work from home, buying and selling to order. Others rent space in antique centres. Antique dealers may deal in a wide range of antiques, or specialise in a particular field such as jewellery, glass, furniture or china. To do this successfully they must be aware of the market and keep up to date with price trends. Antiques have no fixed price and they must be able to negotiate purchases and sales on an individual basis.

The work involves:

• establishing and maintaining a network of contacts
• visiting salesrooms and auctions
• assessing and buying items
• dealing with customers
• accounts and business administration
• carrying out minor restoration work.

Antique dealers are mainly family businesses and outside London there are few salesrooms with more than a handful of staff. An important part of the job is researching the identity and potential value of objects. It's important to have a close knowledge of relevant reference books and catalogues, and dealers often have to consult specialists or museums. Some dealers give owners advice on the value of their antiques so they know how much to insure or sell them for.

What type of hours will I have to work?

There are no set hours of work. Antique dealers have to be prepared to work long and unsociable hours, including weekends and evenings. They may have to combine the selling and buying sides, which means manning the shop or showroom and attending auctions or visiting clients.

Although most of the work will be indoors at shops or salesrooms, dealers might have to travel a fair bit, so a driving licence is essential. Sometimes nights away from home may be necessary. The work may also involve lifting, carrying and strenuous effort.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Starting salaries are around £12,000 a year.
• Antique dealers with experience could expect to earn £20,000.
• Successful dealers in specialist areas working at the top level can earn up to £50,000.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• to be willing to research, study and learn from others
• good valuation skills - they must always be up to date on price trends in the market
• strong nerves and negotiating skills, as they are always be involved in buying and selling
• good judgement and the ability to make quick decisions
• business ability and a good sales technique.

What type of training will I receive?

Opportunities at major auction houses are few, but some recruit trainees on graduate training schemes.

Career Progression:

There is no promotion for self-employed antique dealers - their success depends on increasing sales, turnover and profit. Promotion in major auction houses is to specialist dealer or auctioneer.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Bookseller
Market Trader
Museum/Art Gallery Curator
Sales Assistant
Shopkeeper.

Where can I find further information?

The British Antique Dealers Association, 20 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1BD. 020 7589 4128. Website: www.bada.org

Christie's Education, 63 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3JS. 020 7581 3933.

Consumer Services Industry Authority (CSIA), Fraser House, Nertherhall Road, Doncaster DN1 2PH. 01302 380000. Website: www.csia.net

London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association, Suite 214, 535 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0SZ. 020 7823 3511. Website: www.lapada.co.uk

What trade magazines are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

Buying Antiques in Britain.


Other Useful Antique Dealer Work Information

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