Career outlook for antique dealer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would find beautiful old objects and furniture, buy them and then sell them to people who will enjoy and re-use them.
You'd identify potentially valuable items at sales, auctions, on the internet and in people's homes, judge their value and negotiate a price.
You'd find out more about the item or repair minor damage. You'd advertise it to collectors and members of the public, convincing someone to buy it at a higher price so that you make a profit.
You might work with a wide range of historical objects or specialise in a particular area that interests you, such as:
- Industrial items
- Books and records
- Coins, stamps and old postcards
- Buy items from salesrooms, auctions, markets, trade fairs and private owners
- Sell items to the general public from a shops or a stall in antique centres
- Negotiate purchases and sales
- Buy and sell items online
- Carry out minor restoration work
- Research the identity and value of objects
- Advise owners on the value of their antiques for sale or insurance
You could also work from home, buying and selling to suit customer orders.
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