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How to Become an Antiques Dealer

If you're passionate about history and love hunting for treasures at flea markets and garage sales, becoming an antiques dealer may be the perfect fit for you.


  • Step 1: Get experience Work for others in the industry to gain knowledge and hands-on experience.
  • TIP: Visit antique dealers or intern at an auction house to learn about the business.
  • Step 2: Decide dealer type Decide which type of dealer you would like to be. You can focus on one or many areas, such as jewelry, furniture, or art.
  • Step 3: Educate yourself Educate yourself about the types of antiques you would like to sell.
  • Step 4: Make a business plan Draw up a business plan to get your business started and growing.
  • Step 5: Research clients Build a client base by networking in the field. Knowing who your client is will help ensure your prosperity as an antique dealer.
  • Step 6: Manage inventory Shop for deals in order to build inventory that you can sell for a profit. Learn restoration techniques so that you can add value to your finds.
  • Step 7: Open a business Open a storefront or a website to buy and sell your antiques.
  • FACT: In 2009, the former finance director of the London Philharmonic was accused of embezzling $928,000 and using the money for home renovations, vacations, and antiques.

You Will Need

  • Experience
  • Knowledge
  • Client lists
  • Business plan
  • Inventory

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