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Art and collectibles down sharply.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Remaining relatively stable from 2000 to 2014 art and collectibles in a very cursory random look at antique road shows have dropped 50 to 75% in the last 4 years.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Antique Road Show is a television show I love to watch on public broadcasting. They show follow up shows / reruns - 15 years later with the appraised values then versus now. Values on most things are down significantly because people don't have as much leisure cash for buying unnecessary items.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote: Antique Road Show is a television show I love to watch on public broadcasting. They show follow up shows / reruns - 15 years later with the appraised values then versus now. Values on most things are down significantly because people don't have as much leisure cash for buying unnecessary items.
    It is not only that; the people here are becoming less interested because of the present "culture" they rather have the latest cellphone than an piece of art or antique. What it really means, is just like "Rome" that this country is quickly losing the tiny bit of culture it had. Signs of the times.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    A while back I wrote about movie attendance falling being a sign of bad times coming. I say the same thing about art/collectibles. This is the exact explanation I presented about why jobs were lost to cheap foreign labor. The loss of discretionary income. People are having to live with less. That also has an exponential effect on the economy. An economy is the life of a country. An economy is spending. The rightwing abhors spending. Observant speculation is the new game in trading. Totally non involved speculation is stagnating trillions of dollars. Stagnating money kills an economy.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: A while back I wrote about movie attendance falling being a sign of bad times coming. I say the same thing about art/collectibles. This is the exact explanation I presented about why jobs were lost to cheap foreign labor. The loss of discretionary income. People are having to live with less. That also has an exponential effect on the economy. An economy is the life of a country. An economy is spending. The rightwing abhors spending. Observant speculation is the new game in trading. Totally non involved speculation is stagnating trillions of dollars. Stagnating money kills an economy.
    Yes Chet, your last line says it all. The "stagnating" money is the money which is hoarded by the billionaires; if they spent, then most of such money disappears overseas; either in real estate or yachts, planes and expensive art etc. Most of their money seldom gets invested here, like Bill Gates he spends a lot in Africa; luckily for a good cause.