Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Antiques & Collectibles: The Power of Networking

To be in the Antique and Fine Art World, knowing a large number of people will prove to be the lifeblood of your business. Remember when I said to make business cards and pass them out to everyone you meet? There was also a time I instructed you to tell all your family and friends what you were doing. What if I told you there was a better way to pass your name around to let others know you're in others the Antique and Fine Art Business?

I received an email from a 31 Club Member asking if I was a member of "I Antique Online." To their surprise, I had never heard of it, so I looked it up. All I can say is -- Boy! I'm a member now. This is a new social networking website for people just like us. Its members are looking for answers and also to meet other people who want to network with other people interested in Antiques, Collectibles and Fine Art. I think this will become a very large site because of the amount of people interested in this subject. So, I'm highly recommending you join at and participate in phases of their activities.

You may also want to join Face Book, because I understand they are the fastest growing social site on the web. I'm sure there are many more sites like these, and you can search them out for yourself.

If you join one or more of these sites, be sure to keep current so members will interact with you. This is what will help build your business. I've already started a forum on the site about making money.

The member who told me about “I Antique Online” also shared another very interesting site with me. “Shop Goodwill.” You probably have heard of Goodwill, but I didn't know they had a website. I joined right away and bid, on two paintings the first day, but I unfortunately got outbid at the last minute. Sounds strangely familiar doesn't it? I could have continued to bid on a painting when it was at $300 to $400 but unfortunately, it finished over $700. For the collector, that was okay, but I'm in this business to make money. I thought I could spend my money more wisely.

If you have sites you'd like to share, please send them to me and I'll publish them. And let more people know of the “31 Club.” The larger our number, the more benefit it will be to you when you decide to sell something or to buy pieces for your own gallery. You see, if you want to rent a car, you'll more than likely think of Hertz and might even consider renting there. Why? Because you recognize their name. What does the word eBay mean? You might not know, but I'll guarantee if you ask 100 people, they will all know the company is in the online auction business. When 31 Club has name recognition, you will benefit tremendously, so share your company. It will only come back to help you.

I was talking to a banker today, and I got the chance to tell her about the 31 Club. She said she'd go home and sign up. But she didn't stop there. She told her mother and aunt and now they're joining. Just think -- or $16.95 right now, you can not only learn how to become savvy in the Antique and Fine Art business, but membership can help you become a better business person all while you're building up cash reserves large enough to last a lifetime. This club can help everyone, whether you're buying antiques and fine art or lots of close-out items. Isn't that worth the price of admission?

I'm eagerly waiting for more of you to email or call me with what is happening in you searches. Your stories are what keeps my motor running – even the stories that didn't turn out so good. I'll leave the light on.
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