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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.

Course Requirements

The course is open to everyone. There are no required books. All material will be given online and through netlinks. You'll need a high school reading level though.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Starting an Antique Collection

Lesson 2: The History of Antiquing

Lesson 3: What Types of Antiques to Buy

Lesson 4: Collectibles Versus Just Plain Old Stuff

Lesson 5: Searching for Profitable Antiques

Lesson 6: Detecting Fakes

Lesson 7: Setting the Value

Lesson 8: Buying from Antique Dealers

Lesson 9: Antique Glassware, Furniture, and Other Items

Lesson 10: Care and Preservation of Antiques

Lesson 11: Protecting Your Investment

Lesson 12: Learning about Your Collections

Lesson 13: Where to Sell Antiques

Lesson 14: How to Sell Antiques

Lesson 15: Selling to Dealers

Course Materials

All the course material required to complete this course is included.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice assignment and lesson review quiz that will directly apply what you have learned.
Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Exam9
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam9
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Exam8
The Final Exam66
Total Points:335

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