I read an article about an antique dealer on the hunt for unusual things, and he came across this fellow at an antique market who was highly recommended, but this dealer was taken by surprise as to how young he was and how he was so into collecting antiques.
This person was about 20 years old and said he was an expert in collecting antiques.
I asked this young guy what made him an expert. “Because I said I am”… Little on the smart ass side, but I was young once.
Was he really an expert?
Nobody asked him what school he went to, college or university degrees he had and in the end, did it really matter? Everyone just went to him and trusted his area of expertise. There are no better credentials then all your peers in the Antique community saying, “if you want to know anything about ………….. Then look up this “John Doe” fellow. He’s an expert in that field.
If you’re thinking of getting into Antiques or Collectibles for a hobby, investment or, like my wife and I (Mercenaries) That is a person who buys and sells, and doesn’t get attached to the goods. Learn all you can about your choice of interest.
The web, even though it’s an information overload, does supply you with a valid intake of good quality information as well. Do your research!
So, yeah, this young fellow was an expert, so age, looks, and schooling did not play into the equation. He just
studied everything there was to know about his fancy of antiquities and in this dealers eyes, he was a highly respected (smart ass) expert in his field.
“Remember KNOWLEDGE is power”
We can’t know it all, but we can be real, real good at certain things of interest….. And hopefully make money too.