In and around Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford you are going to find a host of interesting activities that lead you to antiques and collectables. Coming up on Saturday 13th April between 9,30am and 3.30pm the lovely village hall in Theydon Bois is hosting one of its Antiques and Collectables Fairs.
On sale will be China, Glass, Pottery, Militaria, Stamps, Figurines, NickNacks, Bling, Postcards, Coins, Ephemera, Jewellery, Die-cast Vehicles, Toys, Records and lots more. There will also be homemade Refreshments and parking is free. Entry to fair is only £1 at Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Essex CM16 7ER.
If you are only just starting off as a collector one of the most important skill to establish is the ability to distinguish time periods from one another. The detailed features of any piece of collectable will be directly derived from the period the piece was produced.
To start learning you can look at the different period pieces one would find in a typical home setting. Before you go hunting at fairs and events why not take the time to look at different pictures of objects from your favourite time period noting the details.
The craftsmanship put into any piece is a focal point for buyers and sellers alike. Machine and hand-crafting are the two most important factors to distinguish from one another. A piece that is machine crafted does not hold as much value as a hand-crafted masterpiece.
Hand etchings, painting, assembly, and other such factors are the ones you should pay close attention to. Some of these art forms carry work that cannot be replicated or duplicated with any type of machinery, making them truly one-of-a-kind. Most hand-crafted pieces will often contain some sort of defects, whether it be paint chipping, small cracks, or small surface impressions.
Remember a piece featuring many intricate parts is held at a higher value if these parts are all intact and pay attention to detail if you are looking for antiques or collectables to grace your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home.