Collecting and Connecting Inside Workbar Arlington
Suddenly, antiques are cool again. With a clutch of TV shows devoted to the subject and with throwaway culture becoming increasingly passé, antique collecting is in the throes of a renaissance among hobbyists, art lovers, and even millennials. The Collecting and Connecting event in Workbar Arlington is a perfect example of this, bringing amateurs and experts together to experience the joy (and, dare we say, “excitement”) of these physical connections to our past.
To shed some light on the subject we caught up with Kyle Johnson, a specialist at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers and the event’s special guest host. An expert in antiques and collecting, Johnson was driving back from an ultimate frisbee game when I caught up with him over the phone, and he proceed to erase any stuffy stereotypes I might have held as he mapped out an antique-collecting landscape dotted with treasures and history.
What’s an example of a rookie mistake? And what’s something that veteran collectors do from experience?
For “rookies”? Not doing your research. And a little bit or research is dangerous. If you’re going to be a collector, you’re going to want to envelop yourself in what you’re trying to accomplish. Try to find specific designers, and have to devote some time and some money to it.
There has been a resurgence, and there’s a strong coin collecting community. They do a great job at engaging younger people into collecting. If you’re under 18, you can get a scholarship to attend a week-long summer seminar (on grading coins, spotting counterfeits, denominations theory). Normally, it would cost about $1,000-$2,000, and you do not see this for general antiques and decorative arts.
Register here to join us on 4/27 in Workbar Arlington for an evening of mingling and networking with fellow collectors, hobbyists, art lovers and dealers, and more. Featuring a short speaking program by Kyle Johnson, this night is a perfect way for both amateur and experienced collectors and antiques enthusiasts to learn more about buying & selling, assessing the value of treasured items, and expanding their network and resources. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Wine, beer & light snacks included!
All images courtesy of Kyle Johnson. @thefallengavel
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