Antiques FAQ

Here’s a few commonly asked questions we receive about the Antiques Forum. If you have one that’s not listed here do let us know! you can get in touch via our contact page.

Antiques Forum FAQ

What is The Antiques Forum?

The Antiques Forum is an online shop selling antique, vintage and collectable items

Does the Antiques Forum offer free packing & postage?

Yes. We offer a free packing and postage service to all UK mainland customers. We also send items to overseas customers at the cost price for package and postage.

How do I buy items on the Antiques Forum?

You can easily purchase items on the Antiques Forum website by using the secure online payments checkout. Simply add an item to your basket, proceed to checkout and complete the required information. We accept payments via Paypal and BACS (online bank transfer system).

Antiques Forum FAQ

Does the Antiques Forum buy items as well as sell?

Yes! we sometimes do purchase items that are of interest to us. We will offer a fair market price. If you have something you’d like to sell please contact us  with a good description accompanied with clear photo’s if you have any.

Does the Antiques Forum offer a returns service?

Yes,  you are able to return an item within 14 days of purchase, see this page for more information.

Do you have a shop that I can visit?

At the moment the Antiques Forum only operates online. However we do attend various antique fairs in Wales and the South West of England, follow us on social media and see when & where we will be attending.

More Q & A about antiques in general…

How old is an Antique?

In the UK it is generally accepted that an antique has to be at least a 100 years old. In other countries the age of what’s considered an antique could be more, or less

How old is something that is labelled as vintage?

In the UK it is considered that something to be vintage when it has an age (from when it was first made or produced) to be at around the 60 year old mark.
For example, the pottery (pictured below) is ‘vintage’ as it was produced in the 1960s-70s however it also has a style period associated with it being ‘Mid Century Modern’

For more information see the timeline of Dates & PeriodsNils Thorsson Bacca Series

What makes an antique valuable?

First of all we have to determine what is condsidered as being valuable. In basic terms this can be divided in in two. On a personal level, and by a monetary value.

The personal reason could be that it is irreplacable at any cost (valuable) as it was given to them by a family member or a loved one. Therefore depending on what the item is (for example a 100 year old family photograph) it might be something of little monetary value to someone else.

The monetary factor. There are many factors that can add to an item’s monetary value. Some of these are subjective (to a personal point of view i.e. how much an individual wants that item and therefore prepared to pay a price), but generally speaking: Rarity, Condition, Item type and/or Style, Age, Provenance, Material type.

How do you date an antique?

Just because it looks old it doesn’t necessarily mean it is! it intentionally could be ‘aged’ to look like it’s old (faked). Having said that, unless that single item under normal circumstances would fetch a high price it’s usually not worth the time to fake it. If you are not sure then you can always get an appraisal from an expert or a qualified person who has the knowledge and experience of the item type in question.

What is Provenance?

This is where something has a record of it’s existance or ownership. For example a document, receipt, or letter that details the item with a date, description or owners information

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