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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551086
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"This is a fun and painless way to give yourself a firm grounding in the wide wonderful world of antiques and collectibles."
— Kyle Husfloen, Managing Editor, Antique Trader Weekly and Antique Trader's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide

"Whether you consider yourself a beginner…or a dedicated collector, you will find chapters in this easy-to-read book…designed to enhance your material needs."
— Milton L. Talbert, Jr., 1st Vice President, National Association of Dealers in Antiques

Includes Tips on Spotting Fakes!

Do you love to poke around at estate sales and antique shops — but can't really tell the difference between Queen Anne and Queen Victoria? Do you dream of owning that old Oriental rug or Meissen figurine — but worry that the dealer might gouge you on the price? Relax. Writing with humor and common sense, Ron Zoglin and Deborah Shouse demystify the highfalutin terminology of the antique world — and show you step-by-step how to find, bargain for, buy, and decorate with antiques.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Distinguish between real antiques and stuff that's just plain old
  • Develop a plan of attack before you begin your hunt
  • Select antiques based on the five key points of the Radar Test
  • Accessorize your home or office with antique European, Oriental, and American glass and porcelain
  • Clean and care for your precious finds
  • Work an auction — real time and online

About the Author

Ron Zoglin has been in the antique business for more than 25 years and owns Brookside Antiques in Kansas City, MO. He specializes in various types of Continental, American, and Oriental porcelain, glass, furniture, and accessories. He is an accredited senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America, an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, and a member of the National Association of Dealers in Antiques.

Deborah Shouse is the coauthor of Working Woman's Communications Survival Guide and a contributor to a number of anthologies, including the American Book Award winner I am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted. Her articles and essays have appeared in Redbook, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest, Family Life, and Ms.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful book, especially if you are a beginner.
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To give credit, it was listed in the title (miniature version), I just didn't read the whole thing!
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That is why I was so happy to find a book called Antiquing for Dummies.
Michael Friedman (novamike@silcom.com)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Whether you are someone who breaks for garage sales or the serious collector of rare antiques, Antiquing for Dummies offers information, tips, insight and inspiration. Zoglin and Shouse help de-mystify the world of antiques and collecting and leave you feeling like you, too, can confidently and successfully find treasures that fit your lifestyle and needs. The tips on negotiating are especially helpful and I have never seen them appear anywhere else. Zoglin has spent three decades in the antique business and knows what he is talking about. Whether you are interested in antiquing or not, this book provides an entertaining read, and you will likely not look at a teacup or Granny's old desk again without a deeper appreciation of its history.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have collected, sold and even appraised antiques and artwork for 25 years. This book is well written, and has valuable insights and tips for the beginning or the intermediate collector. It has very good illustrations, good anecdotes and hints, and is all in all a delight to have and read! I learned a couple of things myself, and have bought copies for my antique collecting friends and colleagues as gifts. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to gather practical and easy to understand tips and facts from authors and experts who obviously have many years of study and work in the field of antiques, collectibles and fine art. For this price, it is worth more than many of my big fancy books on single topics within the field of antiques or antique collecting. This is easy to read, humerous and fun to read, and offers good basic information on many kinds of antiques and fine art which are being collected, inherited and sold. Bravo to the writers and to Dummies!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Friedman (novamike@silcom.com) on June 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a sub-novice on the subject, I've always been a little intimidated walking into antique shops. So many pieces that looked so interesting and beautiful, but what hell was I really looking at here?
This chair would look great in my study, but is it really worth $700? Not much point asking the store owner, who'd be the last to point out a serious flaw, or admit that it was horribly overpriced. And when a clark says that this table is neoclassical, can she tell that my sage nod of agreement betrays an utter lack of comprehension about what that actually means?
From what little I did know, I realized that the subject of antiques was incredibly complex, and I for one did not have a lifetime to spend in arcane study. So, basically, my ignorance caused me to stay well clear of something that held a fascinating attraction for me.
That is why I was so happy to find a book called Antiquing for Dummies. I knew the Dummies series fairly well, and some of the computer-related books had saved my skin at work a number of times. But could the same principles of clear, simple and entertaining prose that marked the Dummies series in general really give me enough information to get safely started with antiques? The answer was yes, and in spades!
This book is not meant as a guide for those who are already experts. Instead, it is an exciting, entertaining, easy-to-read handbook that will help give timid new collectors a great overview of a vast subject, teaching them to swim safely in what might otherwise be very choppy waters for the uninitated.
The authors have a wonderful, light-hearted approach that is very non-intimidating and not the slightest bit elitist.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was a surprise. I didn't think of the "Dummies" books as having this type of thing. I have collected for 15+ years, and I found tips and hints in here that were most helpful. It is well written, with many facts and historical references, but it is also easy to understnd, and it is peppered with a sense of humor that makes reading it and referring to it a joy! I really like the way pieces are described and the good drawings showing construction and much more! It is a great book for someone to carry in their car when shopping or to read up on the night before going antique hunting...at auction, in antique shops, or at a flea market! The authors truly know their material, and I was very impressed with the scope and wide variety of things they discuss and about which they inform the reader. There is truly something in this book for everyone who collects or wants to preserve or sell their antiques. It is comprehensive and it is worth more to me than my $50-75. "coffee table" books which were informative, but usually dull and boring, with alot of pretty photos which did little to educate me. Bravo to the skill and knowledge the authors put into this book, as well as the way they word things when describing all the many types of antiques and artwork collected! They obviously have both a keen knowledge of the material, as well as a way with words. This is a must for any beginning collector, and I would recommend it to any of my so-called "advanced collector" friends as well. It will make a great holiday or birthday gift for some of my collecting friends. The price is right, and the content is enlightening as well as fun to read. I wish I had it 10 years or more ago when I was starting to collect! Thanks Dummies!
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