Navigating the Asian Collectibles Market

The U.S. collectibles market is a dynamic $7 billion industry. However, the emerging market for Asian collectibles is beginning to come to fruition in America… as well as around the world. For instance, China is quickly becoming a major center for Chinese art and antiques. New collectors and auction houses around the world appear every day selling Chinese art. Asian people, from China and elsewhere, are increasingly hungry for Oriental collectibles, decor, and art as they are making their homes all over the world.

The question becomes, How can I get good, vintage collectibles for my home, office, and family? Without a doubt, there are many collectibles that are manufactured cheaply and sold in major U.S. retail stores every year. The real challenge is finding quality collectibles from Asia that truly express the culture of the East at a fair price.

One way to gauge what “quality” means in a tangible way is to investigate the producers of Asian collectibles overseas. An example of such might be the Chinese Figurines of Shiwan. Shiwan has been called “the Ceramic Capital in China.” Shiwan is an old town in the southern part of Guangdong province. Its reputation for beautiful and elegant ceramic figurines has been famous for hundreds of years. Plus, the traditional Shiwan ceramic skills and techniques have been passed down through many generations of craftsmen.

This is one example of what quality workmanship means in the Asian homeland. In Shiwan, there is a place called “The Figurines Street.” The two craftsmen who create Oriental figurines are Master Lin Wei Dung and Master Lin Wei Ho. They are two brothers who are very well known in this particular region of China for their unsurpassed skill. Their statues have been made for many years in this region. However, they have received almost no competition because no other artists are able to match their particular level of detail in creating beautiful figurines. Their figurines are not cheap, because they are made with such superior skill that they become works of art in a short period of time!

So it goes without saying that many U.S.-based retailers get their Oriental figurines and collectibles from Oriental manufacturers. Even so, before you buy directly from overseas manufacturers always check out the details on these imported items. A safe strategy could be to visit the website or several store locations operated by “Ten Thousand Villages” here in the U.S. This company often contracts with Asian merchants overseas to bring fairly traded, authentic figurines for home decoration. They conveniently cut out all the hassle of dealing with overseas manufacturers and the expensive shipping costs that always go with the import business.

Probably the single most popular Oriental figurine is the Japanese Geisha. In consideration of the Geisha’s near feverish appeal, it is easy to understand why so many people are seeking this kind of collectible. The Japanese tradition of Geishas was an intimate part of the whole “floating world” of Japanese nightlife in old Japan. This era of the past has fascinated the west since Japan opened up to the modern world. The unique and elegant beauty of the Geishas was a result of remarkable attention to detail. The Geishas were famous for their graceful and deliberate movements, their highly refined posture, and the interesting make-up worn on their faces. Admirers of the Geisha also note their beautiful kimono and obi, as well as their distinctive hairstyle, decorative combs, and hair pins.

Once again, the most reliable factor that separates true quality figurines from other products in the Asian collectibles market is meticulous attention to detail in their construction. Bear in mind though that the more attention to detail there is the more money you will have to pay for such a vintage piece of artwork.

Another way to discover what kinds of Oriental collectibles are available to you now is to visit private collectors in your area. You might also visit your local Chinatown shops and grocers because these businesses often carry imported collectibles. This is the fastest and most direct way to find collectibles of the Asian style. Finding the right collectibles for yourself and family will take some effort though. So don’t be discouraged. Your patience will be rewarded in time. Let it be known that you are in the market for these beautiful items. Get your name, email address, and telephone number out there on the Asian internet cities. Your exciting and lucky journey begins today!