2023 Author: Leah Sherlock | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:26
When buying a new house, we strive to quickly get rid of old trash, make fashionable repairs, buy beautiful new furniture. But when packing bags with items we don’t need, we run the risk of missing out on really rare things. No wonder they say that the new is the well-forgotten old. If you walk first through antique shops, and then through fashionable hypermarkets, you will see that this wooden chair is very similar to the one you saw in the salon, and the design on the beautiful service is exactly like on an old dish. That's just things in antique stores are sold for fabulous money.
Rare items - what is it?
At the household level, people are used to believing that everything over 50 years old is already a rarity. Therefore, everything is classified as rare things - dishes and furniture of the Soviet period, all kinds of figurines and pictures, icons (regardless of their artistic value), embroidered shirts, towels and much more. This is an erroneous opinion, since not all old (and even antique) are rare things. Photos of really valuable items can be found atcollectors.
The very word "rarity" comes from the Latin raritatis - "rare". The dictionary gives two meanings of this word: direct (a valuable thing that can rarely be found) and figurative (curiosity, miracle). Indeed, rare things are rare and expensive items.
Rarity or antique?
Another misconception is to think that antiques and rare things are one and the same. An antique is an item that is at least 100 years old. It doesn't have to be a unique chair or vase that could well be mass-produced. But due to their old age, they have become antiques. But the age of a rare item may be less than 100 years old, but due to the fact that, for example, a fiftieth-year-old figurine is made in a single copy, it costs much more than a plate made at a factory more than a century ago.
Both rarities and antiques have a fairly high value, which increases every year, so do not rush to part with them.
Greetings from the USSR
Naturally, every person wants to think that among the heap of trash that he inherited, there are rare things. The USSR became the main supplier of sets, bedding, linen, souvenirs and other things. In the era of total shortages, everything was bought with a margin, for growth, because the Soviet people were not worried about the question: “What to buy for?”, But the problem: “Where can I buy it?” That is why almost every one of us has become a happy owner of crystal,waffle towels and a polka-dot tea set.
The heirs deal with these gifts in different ways: someone keeps them as a memory of their relatives, someone sends everything to the landfill, someone tries to give to the poor. But there are those who want to make money on it. True, you can only make a profit for something worthwhile.
Internet auctions have separate sections "Rare things of the USSR", photos of these same items and detailed descriptions allow you to really find something good. But most household goods, however old, are worthless. You can not even hope to bargain for a decent amount for Soviet carpets, plywood furniture, appliances (the exception is the KVN-49 TV), watches, clothes. But crystal, bronze and porcelain products, as well as mechanical toys made of metal, can significantly replenish the family budget. Crystal is also not highly valued. For example, for a salad bowl made of this material, you can get no more than 400 rubles.
You are lucky if you inherited an ashtray made of a special alloy in the city of Kasli, Chelyabinsk region, or a porcelain service with the stamp "Dulyovo". A real rarity is the 1930s art deco wooden radio. The price of such a curiosity is from 15,000 rubles.
This category is the easiest to find rare items. The USSR cannot be called a forge of art objects, but the canvases of artists,Sculptures made in the style of socialist realism are highly valued today, especially among foreigners. Of course, paintings or sculptures created by professional artists in a single copy (works by V. Kasiyan, A. Petritsky, K. Yuon, V. Baksheev, S. Gerasimov and others) have a greater value, but also all kinds of art objects made at factories, have their price.
For example, not so long ago, at an online auction, a serial porcelain figurine "Mom" was sold for 630 thousand rubles, the design of which was developed by the artist N. Malysheva. Porcelain and bronze sculptures, even if not too rare, are valued by collectors in the amount of 10 thousand rubles.
Do I need all this old stuff at home?
Interior is not just wallpaper, furniture, carpets, chandeliers. It is also a way of self-expression. A guest who first came to your house will carefully study the situation. He will either admire your exquisite taste, or be horrified by the lack thereof. Of course, the main thing is that the owner of the house feels comfortable, but often it is the accumulation of unnecessary things or too poisonous design colors that can lead to irritability and poor he alth.
The decor of a house can say a lot about its owner. You have probably noticed that people who are knocked out "from rags to riches" love gilding in the interior and buy incredible quantities of tasteless paintings, figurines. But from something old, which was inherited from my grandmother, they are in a hurry to get rid of it. People who were already born rich cherish family values, so rare things in their homecan be found quite often.
Only you decide whether or not to leave furniture, dishes and other items created in the era of the USSR, but do not rush to immediately throw them away. They can still be put to good use.
Where to put unnecessary things?
If you have clearly decided to get rid of everything unnecessary in the house, then sort it first. Divide all items to be recycled into three groups:
- Things that no one needs (broken toys, torn dresses, frayed carpets, etc.).
- Household items that may be useful to the poor. Place an ad in the newspaper under the heading "I will give as a gift." If no one responds, you can, with a clear conscience, take everything to the dump.
- Rare items.
If you really found something valuable or think that the item is such, then you can try to make money on it: put the thing on one of the Russian (“Bag”, “Hammer”, “Antiques”) or international (ebay, amazon, aukro) online auctions. Don't need money? Then donate your valuables to the local museum. Provincial cultural institutions are funded in such a way that their employees will definitely be happy to accept a rarity as a gift.
If one wants to sell, the other wants to buy
Indeed, not everyone wants to make a high-tech renovation in the apartment and furnish everything with Ikea furniture. Many create comfort and a special mood in the house with the help of antique items. Buying rare itemsit's not hard at all today. There are plenty of antique shops in every city, and large centers hold a kind of "money change" on weekends, where collectors flock.
If you are not too versed in historical eras and are not sure that you can distinguish the original from the fake, then it is better to seek the assistance of professionals. Help can be obtained in antique shops, museums. You don't even have to take the thing to another city. You can simply take a few high-quality photographs to find out the origin of the item, its age, artistic value and approximate value. Naturally, such services are paid.
Exquisite and unique rare items are always in fashion. They can decorate your home or bring a good profit, so do not rush to throw them away.
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