Collect Antiques with Confidence
The AAADA Logo is a guarantee that you are dealing with an internationally recognised body, with demanding requirements of its membership.
- Members are at all times required to seek to advance the professional reputation and standing of the Association.
- They also seek to build long term relationships with their clients, providing after sales service to ensure they will continue to enjoy their purchases.
- Clients wishing to form collections are able to do this discreetly and with complete confidence.
Purchasing antiques should be a pleasurable experience. You may own a piece of history whose design and craftsmanship have withstood the test of time, improving its aesthetic appeal through its use. If you buy items you enjoy living with and are the best you can afford, they should prove a sound and wise investment. Unlike new items whose re-sale value is negligible.
Selling Antiques with Confidence
When you sell your antiques to an AAADA member, you will receive the agreed price immediately. If you were selling at auction, you will wait a number of weeks for payment. Following the sale, additional charges, which can total up to 30% of the hammer price, are deducted. AAADA dealers are able to provide comprehensive advice on the sale of your antiques, helping you realise the best price available for your treasures.
Safeguards for the Consumer
It is important to look for the AAADA Logo as AAADA Members adhere to a strict Code of Practice, offering consumers safeguards.
All tickets and labels displayed by AAADA members will show:
- the full price,
- a circa date (approximate) of manufacture (or the actual year if hallmarked or dated)
- the material the item is made of (walnut, bronze etc.)
- the maker's mark or artist's name (if relevant/known)
- condition and provenance (documented history)
- any major restorations or later additions, if reproduction.
If there is a dispute between members of the public and a AAADA member, the AAADA Conciliation Service, will provide prompt and informal conciliation. Where the customer and the member are not able to resolve their dispute and the item has been mistakenly described, the dealer would be required to take it back and refund the purchase price.
The AAADA on behalf of its members, contributes to important decisions made at government level. Through its membership of C.I.N.O.A., the International trade Association, it takes part in decisions of international environmental and heritage importance. These decisions can also affect your rights and ability to continue to enjoy collecting antiques for private use.
If you would like this information in booklet form pick up a copy of The Essential Buyers Guide for Antiques & Art at any of our members shops or order a free copy from our secretary, Keren Lewis, by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0401 995 501