News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - When I first started my online shop a few years back, I thought I wanted to get into the glass and pottery areas. I wanted to specialize in a certain area, but I was also thinking about the money that could be made selling these items, especially when they could be attained at bottom dollar prices. Well, all of that changed when I discovered collectible sheet music! I obtained my first sheets about 4 years ago, and have been hooked ever since. The history of the songs, the writers and composers, the eras they were written in have all inspired me to end up with literally thousands of pieces of antique and vintage sheet music since I first started collecting!
What I love more than anything are the covers of the music. Whether it is a beautiful font used on an antique piece, or a beautiful 1920’s flapper girl, the images are truly an art form of their own. Many of the covers have signatures of the artist, and learning about these artists just heightened my interest in the whole area of collecting. Many artists are more collectible than others, with some prices running into the hundreds for great condition pieces that have survived the ravages of time. Being made of paper, the music often is in less than perfect condition, but that is often to be expected. Buyers will often overlook a few flaws when they find a piece they have been looking for to complete a collection, as long as the piece is still in fairly good condition. Yellowing or darkening of the pages is to be expected, and the occasional edge tear, if not too bad is not a large distraction either. Ephemera, or paper collectibles just don’t hold up well over time and collectors know this.
Since I have been collecting and selling sheet music, I have had several clients contact me, wanting a particular piece of music, usually from a Vaudeville or Broadway show, that one of their relatives had performed in. This is when it is really fun, to make a personal connection with a relative of one of the celebrities featured on a cover, or who possibly even wrote the song! Often I will be asked if I have a particular piece that is an old favorite or special song for someone, and then I go into the research part of my job, either looking up the history of the song for them, or trying to find the music, so I can direct them to it. Being a huge music lover myself, I know how special some songs can be to people, so I try to help them as much as possible. Memories of days gone past, long gone relatives, childhood and even old flames can come to life just by the memories a song can conjure up! Remember that special song you and your “crush” had in high school! I bet you can hear that song now and instantly be transported back