For many people, collecting antiques can turn from a fun hobby into a serious investment, so knowing what items to look for and which are most collectible can help you expand your own collection. By finding the rarest items, the items in the best condition and in demand collectibles, you'll also increase the overall value of your collection, which is especially useful if you ever plan to resell or become an antique dealer yourself. Passing these lovely antiques down from generation to generation, too, can make it worth your while to do a bit of research about popular antiques that are worth the investment.
Dinning ware, such as plates, tea cups, cookie jars and steins can be a wonderful find if they are hand made or rare enough. Carnival glass, china, porcelain and milk glass items are especially in demand. If the plate, saucer or cup has hand painted designs, the value may also be increased, especially if it was done by a notable artist or company.
Whatever you choose to collect, be sure to look for quality items which will continue to stand the test of time and will prove valuable later in life.