APPRAISAL INSTITUTE RELEASES ITS 2014 “TRENDING DATA” FOR ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES A survey conducted by the Asheford Institute Of Antiques reveals the latest trending data in sales for categories of antiques...
News-Antique.com - Jan 27,2015 - Florida – It’s been almost three years since the Asheford Institute of Antiques, a professional-level, distance learning program on antiques, collectibles and appraising, released its inaugural report on buying and collecting trends within the antiques and collectibles community. But this year they’re back with a new survey that’s aimed at what the school calls, “the more relevant aspects” of the antiques marketplace, according to school spokesperson Tony Drew. “When originally released, our first survey was meant to merely gauge general areas of antique interest, but now that we’ve garnered some fairly extensive data over the past few years, we’re finding that much of that information seems to be backing-up our initial discovery regarding the movement of certain antique trends within the marketplace,” said Drew.
The latest survey, which was compiled from enrolled students and former graduates of the Institute, was intended to focus on the current trends of antiques and collectibles, and was based on sales and buyer’s requests for specific items. And while no measurable scientific practices were utilized, and the survey remained informal in nature, the results still proved quite illuminating, said school Deputy Director, Chris Hughes. “What we’ve really noticed, is that there continues to be an apparent shift in the marketplace - especially when it comes to the younger generation - categories that tended to gain traction and move up the list in a truly meaningful way, were almost invariably connected to younger buyers." Conversely, said Hughes, categories of antiques that seemed to be off the Internets central radar, appeared to remain relatively neutral in their respective rankings, and any movement that did occur, was usually the result of older more established buyers.
The link between young and old was not lost on Don Kirpatrick, a 30-something dealer in the Northeast, who participated in the school’s original survey, as well as the current one, and who agrees with the Institutes latest findings, “A few years ago I started sensing that younger buyers were interested in different periods, and so I began adjusting my buying - I dumped the heavy ornate Victorian stuff - and instead concentrated on Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and even some 50’s kitsch, and it’s really paid off.” says Kirpatrick. Staffers from the school also noted this sentiment, saying that many of the respondents from the latest survey had echoed these same thoughts, stating in essence that there had been a noticeable shift in overall buying preferences towards the “flashier” side of the Victorian spectrum.
“It’s just not my parents antique store any more,” said Julie Walsh, a dealer on the West coast, ”I mean, I just can’t sell what they sell... It simply doesn’t resonate with my generation.” According to Shirley Huey, one of the staffers involved in completing the survey, younger dealers continued to have very different items and inventory when compared to older dealers. In fact, said Huey, “Not only were they vastly different when it came to inventory, but in their marketing approaches as well. It’s a trend we’re