What is hot and what is not in antique price guides? I can tell you what we see in Southern California, keeping in mind that we do not carry large pieces of furniture:
Antique and collectible jewelry is HOT, HOT, HOT! Eisenberg, Eisenberg Ice, Bakelite and anything with green or blue crystals sells. Cool in a hot category: Jewelry with clear crystals.
Antique and collectible linens always sell.
Small antique and collectible side tables sell well.
Patio furniture made from glass and metal can jump out and run away almost immediately.
Antique and collectible salt and pepper shakers can sell well.
Antique and collectible toys, particularly trains and older mechanical toys, can move quickly.
Antique and collectible smalls of almost any kind move. Customers find them easy to carry, easy to display and easy to store. Smalls are a terrific sell in tourist areas because travelers can pack them easily for their trip home.
Antique and collectible Native American jewelry with turquoise sells consistently to a limited number of buyers. This category has been hot in the past and will probably be hot again.
Shabby Chic is slowly going away.
Antique and collectible weird stuff can go either way. For example, we sat on an old honey separator for months and sold a dictating machine from the 1940s 10 minutes after we put it on the floor.
Antique silver plate and silver are iffy. People want sterling for silver plate prices and silver plate, regardless of the age or beauty of the piece, highly discounted.
Antique and collectible glass is cool. It used to jump off of the shelves. Today, it is slowing down, particularly yellow glass, frosted glass and milk glass.
Antique and collectible pottery can be a slow sell unless you can find buyers who are interested in a particular artist or a particular genre. Hot in a slow sell: pottery marked "Occupied Japan" and Roseville.
Typewriters, regardless of the era, are dead in the water.
Are you looking for that perfect piece of pottery or some vaseline glass? How about an old rocking horse or Disney character figurine? Have you looked at all your local antique stores and drawn a blank?
You've probably acquired antiques along the road of life. Maybe you inherited them from family or maybe you love browsing antique stores.
Antique car value can be determined by considering variety of factors.