What are the differences between brokers and antique dealers?

The trade of antique dealer has subtle correlations and differences with that of antique dealer. Sometimes an antique dealer becomes an antique dealer while raising the necessary funds and building up a stock of valuables.

Brief description

Both the antique dealer and the second-hand goods dealer are passionate about second-hand trade. At first glance, they must know how to estimate the value of the object and benefit from a better price. But in addition to this, the antique dealer is interested in art history and has a solid knowledge of art and antiques. He is constantly on the lookout for exceptional objects. He focuses on their authenticity and origin. Conversely, the antique dealer is constantly on the lookout for all types of objects that may be of interest to buyers. He sells the object in its state of acquisition for a small profit. The antique dealer, on the other hand, is obliged to preserve the heritage by carrying out restoration work to restore the object before selling it at a higher or lower price depending on its artistic value, rarity or age.

Activities and ways of working

Antique dealers and antique dealers are often on the move to unearth objects. The antique dealer even sells them at flea markets, fairs or garage sales. They may also sell on the internet. Antique dealers look for valuables in living rooms or at private homes, and may also look for information in museums, libraries or exhibitions. The antique dealer has his own shop and sometimes even a restoration workshop.

Both the activities of the antique dealer and the antique dealer focus on buying are reselling or even exchanging used objects. The main activities of the antique dealer are limited to searching for objects, evaluating them and negotiating a good price, and finally exhibiting and selling the objects without any guarantee. As for the antique dealer’s activities, it is more or less the same except that he looks for exceptional objects, authenticates and estimates the value of these objects, and has them restored before reselling them. In addition, the object sold must be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

What about their skills?

Both trades do not require any specific diploma, but the qualities that the antique dealer and broker must have are: curiosity, patience and a fair evaluation of the object. Both must also have good interpersonal and negotiating skills. For the antique dealer, it is necessary for him to have a strong knowledge of art history acquired through training or self-taught. He must also have practical experience in English for the international market. On the antique dealer’s side, experience in trade is an asset.

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