Trash or Treasure at the Galesburg Antique Mall
With antiquing, knowledge is power.
And Laura Gibbs-Kirven started her education early. She learned to bid at antique auctions when in the sixth grade.
She now is a certified personal property appraiser and president of the Galesburg Antiques Mall Co., which offers 30,000 square feet of antiques in the Seminary Street Historic Commercial District.
She offers these tips to beginning antique shoppers.
- Shop reputable places.
- Collect only what you like and only enough to display and enjoy.
- Examine condition. Feel for cracks and chips. Even chipped glass can deem something almost worthless.
- Ask staff to evaluate an antique.
- Take care of your purchases. For example, protect fine furniture in winter to prevent drying.
- Some good investments include fine furniture, Americana pieces, Roseville pottery, Indian artifacts and fine quilts.
- If you want value for your money, consider exquisite textiles or fine jewelry. Often a textile that took 100 hours to complete may cost only $30. Used gold and diamonds can cost much less than new at jewelry stores.
Still don’t know where to start?
An easy way to start your antiquing project is to complete your grandmother’s partial set of dishes or revisit your childhood and try to furnish that old dollhouse in mom’s basement. For many men, antique collections revolve around other interests. Duck decoys and old tools are some favorites among men.