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The following online business directory lists second hand and collectibles companies such as Antique Dealers, Art Dealers and Galleries, Charity Supplies, Coins and Medals, Collectors Items, House Clearance, Second Hand Books, Stamp Dealers, Surplus Goods, and many more...
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Specialists in modern collectable coins.Our inventory includes Silver and Gold collector coins from around the World. 100% authentic and guaranteed...
The Business buys and sells watches, diamonds and jewellery aimed at UK customers. Our services help customers get the best price for their Luxury goods...
Brothers Office Furniture is a well known company in UK that supplies high quality used and new office furniture...
eBay trading assistant service. We sell items on ebay on your behalf. Nothing is too big or too small. Hassle free and easy way to sell your unwanted items....
We are a comic and movie memorabilia shop based in Saltney, Flintshire offering comics, figures, autographs plus much more and also we hold magic gathering tournaments and meetings on certain nights....
We sell high quality sports memorabilia for very reasonable prices, and all signed items come with a Certificate of Authentication....
We sell antiques across the UK, we buy all antiques and collectibles during the process of house clearance....
Our organisation, Desk Stop Ltd, buy and sell new and used office furniture. We are based in North London and we supply all your furniture needs to give that professional look in your office space...
The Business offers Antiques, Collectibles, House Clearance aimed at customers in the areas of West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire. Our products help customers House Clearance Service, Items purchase....
The Business offers good quality secondhand furniture aimed at customers in the areas of Bucks, Berks and London. Our products help customers get amazing quality and amazingly priced secondhand, antique and vintage furniture...
The retail outlets (Better On Vinyl), offers buying and selling of second hand rare and collectible vinyl records from the 1960's on-wards, also a selection of records players, amplifiers and speakers. If you have any preloved vinyl please give me a call...
painting hunter is an online gallery of modern art ,Pure Indian handmade painting on canvas.
The business buys and sells Trade Antiques and Collectibles...
The business can handle all your house clearing needs cheap rates same day clearances available discreet uniformed staff and all vans are un sign written for total discretion , bereavement estates handled with complete respect to you and your loved ones estate...
Welcome to "Edinburgh Art". An online portal to the work of Colm O'Brien. Here you will find a selection of prints for sale...
Your personal and unique decluttering service helping you sell your unwanted items at auction making you some cash in the process. Let us work out magic for you...
Open 7 days a week, this south london indoor market has many dealers offering a wide variety of Antiques Vintage Retro and Collectables - silver, china, glass, mirrors, art deco, prints, pictures, furniture, painted & stripped pine, lighting, victoriana
Specialising in vinyl and cd jukeboxes repairs and used sales from the 1970s to the end of production.jukebox lasers serviced Philips cdm12 and pro some used parts for sale...
JNCoins is a UK coin dealer that stocks high quality British coins from any period. Whether hammered or milled, we stock items that coin collectors seek to collect...

Overview of the Second Hand & Collectibles Sector

The second hand market for collectable items, furniture, books and antiques, is as strong today as it has always been. Items can be classified as collectable, because of how much they are in demand by others. Antiques are generally considered being old, and may also be classified as antiques because of how rare they are. Collectable antiques are generally in high demand and may be highly sought after because of their beauty, condition, or because they complete a set of some kind that makes the set worth more than its individual elements.

Fashion and taste also play a part in how sought after antiques and second-hand items are. In recent years, it has become increasingly fashionable to up cycle second hand furniture. Items that are one person’s junk may become someone else’s most prized possession. It is not just fashion that dictates demand and pricing, the commercial climate and historic events will also generate demand for particular assets. Rare objects connected with major sporting events will create a level of demand that may be foreseen, and as such some enthusiasts in sporting memorabilia might purchase items before demand hits a peak, with an aim of owning something that will increase in value.

Retro furniture has become quite fashionable, and tables and chairs that have been well made in the 1950’s have been copied in modern day designs, thus increasing demand for the original items. Similarly, restoration techniques make it straightforward for many people to buy old rustic looking household goods. Old and used items are frequently augmented by sanding and painting. Veneers have also improved and palette choices increased. Eclectic furniture vogues have become popular, with the increase in imported objects from the Far East, and so adding second hand things to mingle with a house interior.

In recent years, people living in period houses have increasingly aspired to decorate and outfit their homes with pieces from the period in which their house was built. In the 1960’s and 70’s, it was very much the fashion to board over Victorian fireplaces and remove Georgian cornices. Nowadays, people on the whole who live in these aged houses will endeavour to recreate the Edwardian fabric of a period home, bringing fireplaces back to life by seeking out tiles from specialist second hand suppliers and reclamation yards. Modern materials for bathrooms give period looking characteristics of roll top baths and black and white tiles, and some homeowners will seek out the originals from second hand outlets.

Online image searching has made finding original features from period homes easier. Auction houses will preview  details of an up and coming auction so that potential bidders can view articles in advance. Antique dealers tend to keep a close watch on items that are coming up for sale and pricing at which items are auctioned. As demand for particular parts, memorabilia, collectables, objects of art, furniture, jewellery, coins and stamps goes up and down, so will the prices offered by dealers. The higher the market interest and 'collectability' of an item, the greater the price a dealer will offer.

When looking for antique dealers, second-hand suppliers, coin and stamp dealers, it is important to research their credentials. Recommendation and reputation by association will provide some peace of mind that you are dealing with a reputable company. There are various business directories and trade associations that can help.

It is still very much a case of 'caveat Emptor' or 'buyer beware' when dealing in the second hand goods or antique markets. Undertake independent research on items and their history and provenance. Using reputable dealers with many years of expertise, or seeking out specialist second opinions will help in this research. Major auction houses have their own in house experts who undertake tests and research on items, to ensure that the origin is as claimed by the seller and to warrant that the item is authentic.

Online outlets for bidding on artefacts and collectables has increased dramatically, with ordinary people selling items and creating their own businesses from buying and selling goods. Some of these items may be antiques and other things may be things that are “preloved” and 'pre-owned', but the seller is just looking for more space or to make a bit of money by selling off some of their old possessions. Either way, it is up to the buyer to ensure that they are dealing with a reputable “dealer” and many online operations have their own rating criteria of sellers that buyers can use to assess whom they are dealing with.

Second hand and charity shops that retail second hand clothing, books and general houseware items are another sector of the second hand and collectables market. These shops operate as retail outlets in high streets all over the western world. Some charity shops in the UK have in recent years undergone something of a transformation. The attractiveness of charity shops has improved, and goods are “merchandised” to the best of the stores ability. The popularity of shopping in charity shops grows in times of austerity whilst environmental and social beliefs will also influence shoppers behaviour.

If you are looking to sell pre owned items, using a house clearance firm is a great way to raise spare cash for old things of some intrinsic value. Receipts should be given with a clear inventory of what items have been “sold” or “bought” to be taken away so that future issues over derivation are avoided.


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