Antique Dealer

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Antique dealers buy and sell items which are valuable because they are old or in demand. These can include furniture, household goods, industrial goods, china, glass, paintings, toys, books, records, coins, stamps and old postcards.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

If you work in an auction house your starting salary could be around £15,000 a year. If you are self-employed your income depends on the profit you make on what you buy and sell. Successful dealers can earn from £25,000 to £60,000 a year.


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Getting In

There are no formal entry requirements for antique dealers. You can get in by various ways.

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What Does it Take?

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

The British Antique Dealers' Association website publishes advice on making a career in antiques.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA)
Tel: 020 7589 4128

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