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Antique Dealer

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Antiques Dealer
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€20 -  
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Last Updated: January, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Antique Dealers purchase and sell old collectible items which are valued because of their artistic value, rarity, condition, or age.


The Work header image

Antique dealers buy and sell artifacts of historical or artistic value. They source their material in a variety of ways, for example through auctions, house clearances and trade fairs. They will also attend private houses to examine and buy goods.  
 
They may clean or restore items before offering them for resale.  
Some antique dealers offer valuation services. They provide the provenance (the age and history) of an artifact, if available and then put a value on it.  
 
Some dealers deal in a range of antiques but most will specialise in a specific area such as furniture, glass, books or paintings. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Contact regular and prospective customers to demonstrate products, explain product features, and solicit orders.

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Recommend products to customers, based on customers' needs and interests.

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Answer customers' questions about products, prices, availability, product uses, and credit terms.

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Estimate or quote prices, credit or contract terms, warranties, and delivery dates.

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Consult with clients after sales or contract signings to resolve problems and to provide ongoing support.

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Provide customers with product samples and catalogs.

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Identify prospective customers by using business directories, following leads from existing clients, participating in organizations and clubs, and attending trade shows and conferences.

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Prepare drawings, estimates, and bids that meet specific customer needs.

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Monitor market conditions, product innovations, and competitors' products, prices, and sales.

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Perform administrative duties, such as preparing sales budgets and reports, keeping sales records, and filing expense account reports.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an antiques dealer you will need expert knowledge in your chosen field. You will also need to be able to present your knowledge in a persuasive and clear manner. Depending on your chosen area of specialisation joinery skills and some restoration training will be an asset when preparing artifacts for resale.  
 
As most antique dealers are self employed business and computer skills are necessary. A driving licence will also be of benefit.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Antique Dealer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Antiques dealer - from:  GradIreland
Go..Art Valuer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: IAVI Irish Auctioneers & Valuers Institute
  Address: 38 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 661 1794
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers
  Address: 129 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 678 5685
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Antique Dealers Association
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