How to Find and Buy Antique Clocks


Antique ClocksJust like any collectible items, antique clocks greatly vary in terms of value. The most important factors to consider in purchasing an antique clock are brand, uniqueness of piece, and return on investment, if reselling for a profit. To make your way through this, you ought to know the markets specializing for a particular clock. These markets include auction sites, collectors, dealers, retailers, and wholesalers.

Let’s begin with the basics. Using search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing for finding general information would be the best choice and most accessible. What I have found out on my search is that results which mostly appear are that of retail sales of clocks’. These results are merely trying to sell and are not in any way giving information about clocks. Despite being a demanding task, these search engines are doing a great job by continuously improving in making it more efficient and in balancing commercial vs. value proposition. It also helps to be very specific in searching out the different markets and then bookmarking them for faster reference.

Next medium you can consider is the newsgroups which have been around for decades now. Again, this research can be unsafe. Newsgroups have been a target of a lot of spam and malicious viruses, so taking extra measures is highly advised. Just a single click on a message can lead to infecting your computer with some of these harmful stuff. Unless you find a news group that is strictly moderated and secured, you should exercise great caution. I think it is important to mention that I have found newsgroups opinionated in a specific direction. So I strongly suggest to be careful, as this purchase should be more about return on investment. When choosing a brand or style, look at the newsgroup’s history and desirability. Consider newsgroups that follow both the style and brand. It is a great chance to find new markets where you can share your investments to earn a return, and more importantly, you can see how other styles are selling. And for style newsgroups, you can identify other brands that may be appreciating faster. This helps in identifying new opportunities.

Then you may want to try what I like to classify as the “spinoff of newsgroups”– the forums. Forums usually have a nice clean user interface allowing users to see the message without the need of clicking into them. They run through your browser which we all know has a lot of risks, but this is a concern that seems to be addressed and updated weekly with patches to protect users from the latest ways to steal their information. Again, I’m a big fan of forums moderated by large corporations, as they usually provide expert information in a secure environment. One more great part of these forums is that contributors are usually labeled. This allows users to ask questions from individuals who have been identified by the forum administrator and other users as trusted or experts.

Next thing to try would be blogs on antique clocks. The great thing about blogs is usually its concise and sensible opinions. Most quality blogs that are monitored by or through third parties like Blogger, Squidoo, or WordPress can help ensure safety and relevant information on your topic. Another great tip when trying to find relevant blog information is to use the blog search by Google. It makes researching blogs easy and allows users to quickly identify, pinpoint, and sort contents.

Other choices include the archives of auction books and price guides. These guides can get expensive over time, but it is better rather than having a bad investment. You may get lucky if you have auction houses bookmarked because there are times when they leave their presale catalogues online with detailed market information. Also, you could check out the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. They keep a lot of good information on their site that would be helpful to you.

Researching antique clocks can be a demanding task, and just like investing, it takes research, time, and gut instinct. I find a similarity in antique clock investing and golf; It is like hitting a great shot, it keeps you coming back — just like a great buy on a desirable antique clock.

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