An Introduction to Antiques, Vintage and Collectables

Ref: C2224749

Professional auctioneer, Stephen Poulter, reveals how the world of antiques, vintage items and collectables really works and shows how easy it is for anyone to start buying or collecting in these areas. We will explore the many different categories and periods of antique and vintage items which can be purchased from auctions, antiques markets, car boot sales and online. The advantages and disadvantages of purchasing in each marketplace will be assessed, along the comparative costs of each. Students will acquire techniques for researching, identifying and valuing a whole range of antiques, vintage items and collectables and there will be a visit to a local antiques centre.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To help students gain the knowledge, appreciation and skills to acquire and collect antiques, vintage items or collectables from auctions, antique markets, car boot sales and online.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Access to the internet would be useful.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Accurately identify and describe a range of antiques, vintage items and collectables.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of buying and selling at auctions, markets and online.
  • Assess the value of antique or vintage objects in many different categories.
  • Acquire antiques and vintage items at a reasonable price in a variety of marketplaces.
  • Discuss acquired knowledge and expertise needed to regularly buy or begin a collecting vintage or antique items.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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An Introduction to Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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