What Kind of Collector Are You? A Quiz

What Kind of Collector Are You? A Quiz

The Appraisal Group challenges you to find out what kind of collector you are. New Age or Old School? .

  1. You would pay $300,000 for a Birken bag if you could. / /
  2. You are emotional about the vintage items you buy. / /
  3. You see vintage and antiques as adjuncts to a design scheme. / /
  4. You love high level antiques fairs. / /
  5.  You would travel to Winterthur for the historic furniture conference if you had advance notice. / /
  6. You prefer Marina Abramović performance art images to Georgia O’Keefe’s classic paintings. / /
  7. Museums pale in comparison to art fairs. / /
  8. With a windfall of money, you would buy a new car instead of a rare Milton Avery painting.
  9. You don’t like antiques because they “are not new” and might have belonged to “dead people”. / /
  10. You can guess the price of every discovery on the Antiques Roadshow.  / /
  11. You’re totally bored at auctions and would rather bid online. / /
  12. The most beautiful form you can imagine is guitar shaped. / /
  13. You would rather have an authentic Chippendale finial than an entire room of Ikea furniture. / /

If you checked Items 1, 3,  6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12 you are a New Age Collector.

Performance Art

Abramović performing The Artist Is Present, Museum of Modern Art, March 2010

New Age collectors buy from the gut, on the spur of the moment with little thought to value or preservation.  There’s nothing wrong with that and often the newer collectibles become old standards by the time your tastes change.

If you checked 2, 4, 5,10,13 you are a traditionalist, an Old School collector.

Chippendale collectible

Chippendale finial oncebelonging to collector Robert Carlen, now in the private collection of David A. Schorsch, David A. Schorsch-Eileen M. Smitles


Collectors with your sense of aesthetics account for much of the social history that has been preserved over the years. The Appraisal Group applauds your abiding interest in the past.

Editor’s Note: Today’s featured image is currently the world’s most expensive resold Birken bag. An LA collector paid $298,000 for this 2008 unused bag.

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