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A primer on how to get started collecting antiques

Don't think of them as investments, go eclectic, love the stories they tell.

Collecting antiques is a matter of search and passion, and a study of history as well. Look until you find something you like and can afford. And buy from a reputable dealer who can tell you where the piece came from.

THE antiques business has been going through a bit of a rough patch, what with the continuing vogue in mid-century modern and Ikea-addicted millennials' dislike for brown furniture.

But the passionate collectors of American, British and other objects that are at least 100 years old (the

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