Look up antiques in any yellow pages and you will see multiple listings. The question that begs answering is, what is an antique? If you watch some of the television shows that have evolved around the antique craze, the things most often discussed are collectibles. It could be cartoon cels or the original Barbie Doll. Indeed, antiques which are by definition over one hundred years old are seldom mentioned.
I am not one to determine what is or is not an antique unless we are talking about English furniture. It is clear to me, however, that most people do not know what constitutes an antique and that people are easily convinced to buy things that are worthless. I think back to the pet rock craze and that person, the creator of the concept, is looked upon as a marketing genius. Are antqiue dealers selling pet rocks? Maybe there should be a new category in the yellow pages? Perhaps, “Antiques, Seriously?”