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Antiques on the Cheap: A Savvy Dealer's Tips: Buying, Restoring, Selling [Paperback]

James W. McKenzie
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Jan. 9 1998
Get the inside scoop on every aspect of antiquing - buying, cleaning, repairing, embellishing, refinishing, restoring, and selling. Expert advice for getting great deals at auctions, flea markets, and shops, and how to spot items that can be repaired to increase their value. Advice for selling antiques at flea markets, on consignment, and in shops is included.

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Although neither of these guides to antiques is particularly scholarly, McKenzie's is certainly more credible (albeit less fun to read) than Loomis's. McKenzie provides useful tips?not only for the business pro but also for the flea-market junkie?on how to rummage for, buy, and sell antiques and on how to establish a profitable business, with suggestions on such matters as calculating inventory turnover and handling tax records. He provides information on how to do minor repairs on collectibles and also offers guidance on major restoration projects, such as rebuilding old trunks or resilvering mirrors. The writing is straightforward, the advice is practical as well as easy to understand, and the book would be of interest to most antiques buffs. The title of the Loomis book pretty much sums up its content. While it does offer tips on "the hunt" and subsequent bargaining (and the etiquette of dealing with sellers), its primary focus is on the dating and identification of a wide variety of antiques (everything from World's Fair collectibles to Shaker furniture). While Loomis's breezy style may annoy some, readers familiar with his television appearances and videos will probably find this book enjoyable. Because his information is occasionally contradictory (he asserts, for example, that porcelain was first produced in Europe at the Meissen factory in Germany in 1709; two pages later he states that the French made porcelain in 1673), this book should not be considered an essential purchase unless there is patron demand.?Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is for wanna-be antiques dealers and folks who have more time than money. It is not about trends, collecting, and tips on antique shows and flea markets. In plain language, McKenzie surveys all the probable places to buy (e.g., auctions and estate sales), all the quick fixes, and all the selling ploys. Best among the wisdom collected here are the behavioral ruses--for example, how to capitalize on unwanted leftovers, as well as bidding strategies at auctions--and all the recipes, formulas, and instructions for repairs. To his credit, everything's done on the cheap; he gives tips on savings on furniture stripping and even no-rent merchandise displays. Sidebars, too, are generally valuable; in one, he explains the anatomy of a bottle, and in another, a fool-proof recipe for furniture juice (cleaning fluid, that is). Step-by-step instructions would profit by more illustrations, though. Barbara Jacobs

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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE ONE TO OWN! Sept. 14 2001
By A Customer
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THE BEST BOOK TO OWN. INEXPENSIVE AND PRACTICAL ADVISE ON HOW TO CLEAN AND REPAIR FRAMES,SILVER, BRASS (THE ONLY PLACE I'VE SEEN BRASS CLEANING THAT WORKS) TRUNKS, POTTERY, AND LAMPS. YOU DON'T NEED A WORKSHOP OR ART SUPPLIES TO USE MR. MCKENZIES' RECEIPES FOR REFURBISHMENT OR REPAIR. NO COLORED PICTURES, JUST DRAWINGS, IT'S THE TEXT THATS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOK. IF YOU CAN READ, THINK, AND FOLLOW VERY SIMPLE DIRECTIONS, THEN USE THE PRETTY COFFEE TABLE BOOKS FOR INSPIRATION AND THIS BOOK FOR REALIZATION. I USE IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book on how to fix antiques. July 5 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought an antique camel-back trunk that needed lots of restoring and didn't know how to start. My friend recommended this book, and I am so glad I bought it. Not only did it give step by step on restoring a trunk but it also had a refrence page on suppliers for trunk parts. I highly recommended this book to anyone who needs to repair trunks, lamps, pottery and frames. The furniture repair section was sort of brief; I would have like to see more on this topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to buying antiques Feb. 9 1999
Format:Paperback
Don't let the title fool you - this is NOT just for antique dealers. As someone who is interested in antiques, but who doesn't have a lot of money, this has been a great primer on how to pick items and how to clean, fix and generally improve the the things purchased. Instructions on marbelizing, sponge painting, rebuilding lamps and stripping and refinishing furniture are all easy to understand.
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This is the most helpful book I've read that in very succinct style tells how to buy, fix up, and possibly resell antiques and other second hand stuff. If you love "shabby chic", but can't afford the prices, this book will make it easier to achieve that look. This book is not for people who worry about getting their hands dirty.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book on how to fix antiques. July 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought an antique camel-back trunk that needed lots of restoring and didn't know how to start. My friend recommended this book, and I am so glad I bought it. Not only did it give step by step on restoring a trunk but it also had a refrence page on suppliers for trunk parts. I highly recommended this book to anyone who needs to repair trunks, lamps, pottery and frames. The furniture repair section was sort of brief; I would have like to see more on this topic.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to buying antiques Feb. 9 1999
By julea@interport.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don't let the title fool you - this is NOT just for antique dealers. As someone who is interested in antiques, but who doesn't have a lot of money, this has been a great primer on how to pick items and how to clean, fix and generally improve the the things purchased. Instructions on marbelizing, sponge painting, rebuilding lamps and stripping and refinishing furniture are all easy to understand.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to do fix it up instructions, also good marketing tips. July 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the most helpful book I've read that in very succinct style tells how to buy, fix up, and possibly resell antiques and other second hand stuff. If you love "shabby chic", but can't afford the prices, this book will make it easier to achieve that look. This book is not for people who worry about getting their hands dirty.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE ONE TO OWN! Sept. 14 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
THE BEST BOOK TO OWN. INEXPENSIVE AND PRACTICAL ADVISE ON HOW TO CLEAN AND REPAIR FRAMES,SILVER, BRASS (THE ONLY PLACE I'VE SEEN BRASS CLEANING THAT WORKS) TRUNKS, POTTERY, AND LAMPS. YOU DON'T NEED A WORKSHOP OR ART SUPPLIES TO USE MR. MCKENZIES' RECEIPES FOR REFURBISHMENT OR REPAIR. NO COLORED PICTURES, JUST DRAWINGS, IT'S THE TEXT THATS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOK. IF YOU CAN READ, THINK, AND FOLLOW VERY SIMPLE DIRECTIONS, THEN USE THE PRETTY COFFEE TABLE BOOKS FOR INSPIRATION AND THIS BOOK FOR REALIZATION. I USE IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Video Review March 20 2010
By BeachBrights - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really hate the sound of my voice but I feel it is important to give a potential buyer a "look inside" the book. This was a great book except for the fact that it was published in 1998 and could use an update. However, most of the information provided by the author is timeless.

Enjoy!
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