Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Which Antiques are Hot in Maine

I was thinking today about which antiques are really selling in Maine, and started making a list. Then, I thought about what's not selling, and made a list of those antiques too.

Above on the left is a half hull ship's model, about 14 inches long and mounted on board, which is in a local antiques shop and priced at $595. The Lion and Lamb hooked rug was mounted and hanging in another local shop, priced at $1350.

Here goes:

Antiques Which are Selling
  • Hooked Rugs, late 19th and early 20th century - especially anything with animals, people, scenic, ships
  • Silhouettes from the mid-1800s
  • Weathervanes
  • Country furniture in old paint, 19th century
  • Marine anything - half hulls mounted on boards, also paintings and other artwork, rugs, etc. Around here, if it's a ships' theme, it's probably going to sell.
  • Vintage lighting from the 1920s and 1930s
  • Garden antiques
  • Folk art, particularly one-of-a-kind items which are interesting and colorful
  • Fireplace tools and accessories from the 19th c
  • Early baskets
  • Large wood country bowls, and if they have old paint on them, even better
  • Vintage leather furniture

Slow Selling Antiques
  • Quilts in common patterns, especially those from the Depression era
  • Oriental Rugs
  • Silverplate tablewares
  • 19th century glass
  • Samplers, particularly really late 19th c or early 20th c
  • 19th c. brown furniture
  • Vintage clothing from just about any era
  • Duck decoys
This may not reflect what's selling in your neighborhood, but these are the things that are either hot or very cold in my area.

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