When is a good time to buy pottery?

I’ve bought, sold and collected pottery for years.

I remember the “good ole days” of pottery when it seemed no one was collecting American Pottery. Nowadays, people are not only collecting pottery but are being more selective.

Times change…people change…collections change…change with the times. Either we sell our stuff that we paid a high price for, take a loss and lick our wounds, or we hold out for a better day…will they return?


When is a good time to buy? If you are in the younger generation, say the 20s to 40s, now is a good time to buy and collect American Art Pottery. Prices are down overall.

When the housing market dropped, so did most antiques, including pottery. I began my collecting of pottery in the mid-60’s.

Most pottery in my area of Georgia was almost free, so little interest in them, but it still showed up in antique stores.

My first purchase was $17! Later, when the market was high it was valued at $1,500! Now, it’s $750 to $850.

Should I sell and cut my losses? Strictly by accident, I began to sell most of my collection in 2004. Those earlier purchases did bring me a good profit.

Now, in 2020, I would have to take a loss on my pottery that I purchased between 2008 and 2019.

What is the best pottery to collect? Collect any pottery you like, and that is the key word! Maybe it’s a location, or a certain time frame, or something left from a relative that might spur your interest.

The important thing is to LIKE what you collect. Don’t try to collect thinking the value may rise to past heights.


    Pottery I bought for $17                       American Art Pottery

So, to be or not to be…that is the question.

You will have to do some research for yourself. If you have a trusted friend who is familiar with pottery, by all means ask. If I can help you in any way, feel free to leave me a comment. Enjoy collecting…it’s a wonderful experience.

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