With so many dealers from all over the region, Brothers Antique Mall is proud to boast an extraordinarily large quantity of collectibles. The hobby of collecting includes
seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to an individual collector. Some collectors are generalists, accumulating merchandise or stamps from all countries of the world. Others focus on a subtopic within their area of interest, perhaps 19th century porcelain dolls, milk bottle labels from Sussex, Mongolian harnesses or limited edition Barbie dolls. As is often said, "one man's trash is another's treasure."
Antiques are collectible items at least 100 years old; collectibles are less than antique, and may even be new. Collectors and dealers may use the word vintage to describe older collectibles. Most collectibles are man-made commercial items, but some private collectors collect natural objects such as birds' eggs, butterflies, rocks, and seashells.
Some beginner collectors start purchasing items that appeal to them, and then slowly work at learning about how to build a collection. Others (more cautious or studious types) want to develop some background in the field before starting to buy items. They feel more comfortable getting into something they understand.
Although the term antique generally refers to items which were made at least 100 years ago or more, it can be confusing since, in some fields, such as antique cars, the time frame is less stringent — 25 years or so being considered enough time to make a car a "classic" if not an antique. Yet in the area of furniture, some experts claim that a true antique must be at least 150 years old.
In general, then, items of significance, beauty, values or interest that are "too young" to be considered antiques, fall into the realm of collectibles. But not all collectibles are limited editions, and many of them have been around for decades: for example, the popular turn-of-the-century posters, Art Deco and Art Nouveau items, Carnival and Depression era glass, etc. In addition, there exists the "contemporary collectibles" category, featuring items like plates, figurines, bells, graphics, steins, Beanie Babies and dolls.Stop by, browse our tenant dealers and feel free to speak with the folks at Brothers Antique Mall if you have questions about your collectibles.