IF YOU BUY OR SELL
Latin American crafts or antiques,
this site's for you! Learn how to tell an artifact from an
artifake. These are modern items commonly described as ancient, new
items made from old components (IMPOSTERS) and the most common REPLICAS
IDEA FOR THIS SITE came one day while
browsing the Latin American Ethnographic antiques category
on Ebay. The vast majority of the items that I know best were being
of those described as 18th century were
actually new-- or at best-- old copies. There was enough horse manure
in some of those descriptions to grow mushrooms! What's worse,
they were getting bids!
I think most sellers
don't mislead purposely--they simply don't know better. Some
just don't care. Either way, it was clear to me: buyers need
inside information to do well on Ebay. Scammers or misinformed
dealers exploit buyers and hurt conscientious sellers as well.
MAKES ME SO SMART? For the past 26
years, I have made my living dealing in Latin American handcraft,
religious art and antiques. I've
made more than 30 buying trips to South America since 1984. I speak,
write and read Spanish fluently, and I know what is for sale on any
street corner of Otavalo or Cusco. I am a trader, a student, a craftsman
and a restorer...in short: This is my life.
Enjoy the site and please email
with ideas, comments, photos of items you would like to have identified
and maybe I can use them in the site.
(7 more pages to come!)