Iola, WIs. -- Viewers of Antiques Roadshow and similar television shows love to see astronomical appraisals, especially when the piece was purchased for much less. Unfortunately these sky-high amounts make the unknowing collector fear they cannot afford antiques. "Secrets to Affordable Antiques" by Frank Farmer Loomis IV challenges this by proving antiques are affordable. He reveals savvy ways to find antiques and collectibles priced with any budget (starting at 55 cents) and presents price ceilings that are safety nets to guarantee success. Loomis also emphasizes a rarely heralded aspect about antiques -- their sentimental value. He writes, "My goal is to give you the expertise to shop with confidence without breaking the piggy bank while having a grand time."
Published by Krause Publications, Loomis' book explains the best time to shop, how to negotiate price, the joy antiques bring and what to avoid. He introduces Loomisms, his unique mantras about antiques. The book covers many types of antiques, including furniture, china, glass pewter, textiles and paintings. Loomis provides proven and valuable tips and techniques to help antiquers find deals.
Loomis hosts Keep Antiquing, a popular radio show on National Public Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been appraising antiques for more than 25 years and has been an appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. He teaches antiques classes at the University of Cincinnati and writes an antiques syndicated newspaper column.