Collecting old vintage signs related to certain brands and areas is a popular hobby these days. This can be an expansive hobby if you live to buy lots of signs, and can give you a good profit in the long run as well if you’re patient enough to hold on to the signs for long enough, and can keep them in a good shape as well.
Usually, whenever you’re looking to buy a vintage sign, you’ll have to buy it from a trustable network of buyers and sellers which can provide you with the complete history of the sign ownership. However, there are fraudsters in this market as well, and many people fall a prey to the fake vintage sign scams. When this happens, all of your investment goes to waste as you can’t sell the sign for even the price you bought it for, let alone making a profit.
That’s why you should know the signs of authentic vintage signs. In this article, we’ll explain how you can spot fake signs as an Antique Sign Collector.
Check The Shelving
If you’re buying porcelain signs, you can check it’s shelving to see if it’s real or fake. There are certain layers of porcelain which you can see. The lowermost layer is usually white, and rest of the layers are laid on this white layer.
Choose a Reputable Seller
While reputable sellers might charge you a bit more money for the signs, they will guarantee that the signs they sell are original.
Never buy from a seller who doesn’t have a proven track record of selling signs. They must have past customers which you can contact and confirm if they liked their services.
There are various other types of frauds you should look out for when buying vintage signs for any purpose.