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Course Description

How to Buy and Sell Antiques and Collectibles offers a highly successful approach to acquiring and selling antiques and collectibles for both fun and profit. This course incorporates many strategies of acquiring and selling desirable objects and pieces, with the goal of personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

All collectors start somewhere. It begins somehow, usually with an interest developed early on as a child. Almost mystically, the collection begins. Eventually, there comes a time when the collector desires to sell an antique or collectible, perhaps because it is a duplicate or to make room for another object.

Successful collectors learn what sells, and what to buy in order to sell later. Many of the most profitable collectors and dealers learn the principals necessary to trade, barter, acquire and sell both antiques and collectibles. They avoid expensive mistakes and missteps. They use knowledge as their best tool to acquire items for their collections or resale.

This course will present many strategies and concepts to prepare you for the path of becoming a successful buyer and seller of antiques and collectibles.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe starting an antique collection.
  • Know the history of antiquing.
  • Describe what types of antiques to buy.
  • Determine collectibles versus just plain old stuff.
  • Describe searching for profitable antiques.
  • Know methods for detecting fakes.
  • Know setting the value.
  • Determine buying from antique dealers.
  • Describe antique glassware, furniture, and other items.
  • Describe care and preservation of antiques.
  • Describe protecting your investment.
  • Know research methods to learn more about your collections.
  • Know where to sell antiques.
  • Describe how to sell antiques.
  • Know the process and expectations for selling to dealers, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Starting an Antique Collection

Starting an antique collection is a simple activity that offers the collector great personal enjoyment for a particular passion, and an opportunity for a profit. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: How to Collect Antiques
  • Review Article: What are antiques?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The History of Antiquing

It was not until the 18th century, with its development of the art and science of archaeology that produced the stimulus for both public and private collecting in earnest. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Kovels Antiques and Collectibles
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: What Types of Antiques to Buy

There are many different factors as to why specific items are chosen to collect. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Five Antiques for Under $10
  • Review Article: Reasons to Buy Antiques
  • Review Article: EstateSales.net U.S.
  • Review Article: Estatesales.net Canada
  • Take Poll: Antiques
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Collectibles Versus Just Plain Old Stuff

Old stuff is just that -- old stuff. It is not necessarily collectible or a good investment. Knowing the difference can significantly impact the profitability of your endeavors. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: What's a Collectible?
  • Review Article: Antique Glassware
  • Review Article: Antique Clocks
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Searching for Profitable Antiques

Shopping and searching for antiques is a great way to spend a free afternoon. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Finding Antiques at Garage Sales
  • Review Article: Ebay Ideas
  • Take Poll: Finding Antiques
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Detecting Fakes

One concern shared among all antique collectors is purchasing a fake item. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Detecting Faberge Fakes
  • Review Article: Detecting Fake Antique Furniture
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Setting the Value

The determination of the value of an antique or collectible takes more than locating an item in a price guide or reviewing auction results. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Kovels Price Guide
  • Review Article: Using Google for Finding Value
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Buying from Antique Dealers

Dealers often have those hard-to-find items on display and are ready to sell them to a collector. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: 10 Antique Buying Tips
  • Review Article: Buying Antiques
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Antique Glassware, Furniture, and Other Items

In the world of collecting, antique glassware and furniture are extremely popular items that are constantly bought and sold. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Antique Furniture Buying Guide
  • Review Article: Carnival Glass
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Care and Preservation of Antiques

Simple procedures and common sense go a long way toward making sure an item is properly preserved. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Caring for Antiques and Collectibles
  • Review Article: Antique Furniture Care and Preservation
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Protecting Your Investment

Most serious collectors insure their antiques and collectibles against many different kinds of losses. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Insuring Antiques
  • Review Article: How to Insure Antiques
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Learning about Your Collections

Most avid collectors tend to specialize or find special niches that interest them, and then grow their collections. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Researching Antiques Online
  • Review Article: Researching Silver Marks
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Where to Sell Antiques

An important part of collecting antiques and collectibles is the selling of some of your items. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Where to Sell Antiques
  • Review Article: Selling Antiques
  • Take Poll: Selling Antiques
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: How to Sell Antiques

Before selling an antique or collectible, first find its value. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Selling Antique Furniture
  • Review Article: Selling Antiques in a Tough Economy.
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Selling to Dealers

There are both advantages and disadvantages to selling your object to a dealer. 99 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Selling to a Dealer
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Buying and Selling Antiques and Collectibles
Course Number: 7550536
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Entrepreneurial
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "A very pleasant instructor and always there to help. I felt very at ease and comfortable working with her. I would like to take another course with her in the near future. The course was a great help for me and very useful for future reference. I found the whole complete course helpful and have learnt so much. Excellent!" -- Sarah P.
  • "I am glad I took the class, I definitely learned a lot. The content was very good. The teacher was prompt in replying and very pleasant." -- Teresa F.
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