The internet has become a resource that the vast majority of us who use it have fell in love with. Over the course of 20 years, the internet’s developed from a resource intended solely for a small group of educational professionals to something that has revolutionised the way we live, work and enjoy our spare time.
Whilst this is undoubtedly great in a huge number of respects (go back to a few years before the internet and tell people that in the not-so-distant-future, they’ll be able to see and speak to their families on the other side of the world for free, for example), there have been some potential issues that have arisen.
And in the world of antique auctions, one of the most notable is that people are simply not realising just what’s on their doorsteps.
When someone thinks about auctions today, it’s highly likely their first thought will be towards eBay. Founded in 1995, it’s gone on to become one of the most popular websites online, allowing people to buy and sell almost any type of product imaginable.
As with the internet in general, eBay has meant that people have been able to gain access to antiques they may not have otherwise been able to. However, it’s also meant that people have started to think it’s the only auction resource available.
But this simply isn’t the case.
Sure, eBay may have a wealth of benefits, but the reality is, there’s likely to be a number of auction houses within your local area, all of which will no doubt be providing a fantastic selection of antiques across a range of industries on a regular basis.
Now that’s not to say eBay should be ignored completely, but simply that you shouldn’t forget just how many wonders you may still be able to find offline – the internet may be a global phenomenon, but there are still plenty of people who’d rather use traditional, offline auctioneers, particularly for specific items such as antiques.
And if you’re thinking there’ll be no antique auction houses near to where you live, we’re going to say we’ll practically guarantee you’ll be surprised when you do a bit of research.
You may have to drive a couple of miles, but take a look for auctioneers within a 30 mile radius of your home and we’re sure you’ll have at least a handful of auction houses to choose from.