FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND – January 6th, 2010 – Kovels.com today released its list of the most searched for items in its online price guide in 2009. The Kovels' top 10 list is based on the results of millions of searches that took place on its website over the course of the year. With over 700,000 antiques and collectibles in its online price guide, Kovels.com is the Web’s largest free price guide for antiques and collectibles.
Occupied Japan continues to top the list of the most searched for items. Half of the top ten search categories in 2009 were porcelains. According to antiques expert Terry Kovel, “There seems to be great interest in prices for small figurines and fine dinnerware. Both are bargains in the antique market and are just starting to go up in price. Many of the porcelain factories have moved their production from England and Europe to Asia where the quality is not the same." Antiques such as furniture and jewelry continue to do well in a down economy. Often priced against similar modern pieces, these can be cheaper, and more interesting than their newer counterparts, making them a great find for antique hunters and home decorators.
This bisque shepherd and shepherdess, each 12 inches high and marked Occupied Japan, sold at an online auction site for $72
People use price guides for a number of reasons, usually to determine the value of an item that they own. If an item isn't listed in the top 10 list, it doesn't mean it is unpopular or that there isn't a demand for it. It only means that in 2009 there was less interest in finding prices for that item. This year's list includes comparative data for 2008 as well.
Terry Kovel, with her husband Ralph, has authored more than 95 books about collecting and antiques, including the best-selling annual price guide, "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide." Hailed by Parade magazine as "the duchess of the antiques world," Terry Kovel publishes a monthly newsletter, Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles, and writes a syndicated weekly newspaper column distributed to more than 150 newspapers and websites. Terry and Ralph appeared weekly on the HGTV program "Flea Market Finds with the Kovels." Terry's popular website with free prices and information for collectors is http://www.Kovels.com. The Kovels' most recent books are "Kovels' American Collectibles, 1900 to 2000," and "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2010," with 2,500 full-color photos and 47,000 actual prices. Both are available wherever books are sold and online at http://www.Kovels.com/e?books.