your a columnist of any sort, it's practically a federal law that you
must write a predictions article for the new year. Here are my antiques
& auction marketplace predictions for 2010.
of antiques & uniques will come back stronger on eBay, but eBay now
has to share much of the maketplace it lost with other venues. Oddly
enough, I don’t see a static listing type competitor to eBay sucking up
this market share, but rather, I see this marketshare being regained by
brick and mortar auction houses. They’ll regain this segment with the
help of sites like Auctionzip.com and iCollector.com. These are sites
that bring realworld auctions to many more people through online
- I think we’re going to see more blending
of brick and mortar stores with online capability and less brick and
mortars folding due to competition from Web businesses.
- I think furniture prices will continue to drop.
& collectible glassware will make a comeback as buyers become more
educated and can spot fakes and reproductions easier through the help
of antiques related websites like Worthpoint.com, Kovels.com and
- More famous works of art found in museums will be found to be forgeries as fakes become easier to detect with new technology.
- 2010 will be the year of the Antiques Appraiser
think we’ll see 1 or 2 “Green/Antiques” businesses really break away
from the pack as a huge interest in Green Antiques swells. I think this
effect will magnify ever so much more due to economic hardship and
upset over energy and production expense increases for poor quality new
- More people will begin to re-purpose antique
furniture for everyday use as they realize even an incomplete or broken
piece is much better than newly manufactured cheap particle-board items.
- Picclick.com will become a major 3rd party app for eBay users.
consumers will trend towards using antiques and used items for
implementation in everyday life. This will happen because they're
becoming smarter consumers, knowing that too much of what is
manufactured today is garbage, disposable and dangerous, or all three!
…and last but not least, Walmart will add an antiques section to it’s
stores, which means the antiques industry will have lobbyists, pickers
will become royalty, and we’ll finally get that viable 3rd political
party in the US!
The predictions made above were part of episode 90 of the AuctionWally Show.
You can listen to that show here.
See how I did with last year's marketplace predictions.
The slide show below contains photos and more predictions for specific items and genres.
Here are some more predictions on antiques & collectibles genres I expect to do well in 2010
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