The world of collecting has changed. When I began collecting as a boy, one phrase that I often heard was “they aren’t making any more of these.” That statement meant that there were only so many stoneware pitchers, Depression glass cookie jars, and Weller vases around. In the future, the population of these and other collectibles would only decrease, making those left behind more valuable. That statement has certainly held true, but a whole new dimension to collecting has opened up where the phrase “they aren’t making any more of these” is anything but correct.

Antiques and collectibles can be very profitable. Even those who collect for the joy of collecting, and couldn’t care less about whether or not their treasures appreciate in value, profit from the rise in values. When many of us finally decide to part with things we’ve collected in the past, we find they are worth more than we paid for them (although not always these days).