Change is evident in The Antique Business as prices fall, dealers drop out and an onslaught of cheap imitations flood the market. Much of the antiques busness has moved to eBay and other internet sites. People don't browse shops like they used to, foot traffic has slowed down and what was once hot is not.
Today, fewer young people seem to care about antiques, preferring to buy new or reproduction decorator items. They don't want to decorate with Antiques. And Baby Boomers seem to collect novelties from their childhood years, rather than to invest in pricey Victorian furniture built 100 years or more ago.
These changes have changed as well as devastated the industry. Young people don't want clutter, collectibles such as wagon wheels and milk cans rarely sell anymore, and nobody wants antique dinner glassware. Fine china dinnerware sits and collects dust on shelves while hot wheels and vintage toys get snapped up. Mid Century items from 1950s - 1970s items like typewriters, lamps are all the rage with the younger crowd minimalist decorating ..
Prices have plummeted, the lower prices result from a simple principle of supply and demand because the internet has flooded the market.
Do we really need brick and mortar shop where you can wait for weeks, and months to sell an item when you can list it on the net and get world wide exposure.