Antiques Explored – Love, Honour & eBay Followed by Dealers Dilemma



Morning Course

Cherry Nixon

26 October 2021

£35 includes lunch

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A morning course with lunch for anyone with an interest in antiques or the history of our country.

Most people have heard of Bill Gates but who on earth is Pierre Omidyar?  He is the architect of the most important commercial website ever created.  His global site has transformed the lives of many millions of people and eBay is a household name.  However, little is known about the unusual Mr Omidyar and how this site came to be created – and the pitfalls and narrow misses experienced along the way.

This course comprises two distinct parts.   Firstly, a slide assisted lecture – The Fascinating Story of the Origins of eBay.

Followed by Dealers Dilemma in which you are a dealer and invited to attend a stall sale comprising a wide range of things, most of which are inconsequential (junk) but some of which are collectable pieces.  Each of the items on the table is priced at £1.  For many of the items this is about right, some are worth less – but a several are worth more!  Your task is to ‘buy’ 3 items that you suspect command the highest prices. Having committed yourself to your purchases, the collectable items are identified and put into historical context, and the values declared. (The values are based on eBay prices.) Then follows speedy calculations. The dealer that makes the most (or loses the least!) is the winner!

Tutor information

Cherry Nixon (BA, PGCE) has been a keen collector for over twenty years. She trained as a teacher of adults in the mid eighties and, determined to follow her heart, created her own course “Learn About Antiques & Collectables” which she taught at Bath and Birmingham Universities and many other colleges. She has produced a video guide for enthusiasts, Dynamic Dating – the guide to dating British ceramics.

She created the country’s first hands-on eBay course “Buying and Selling on eBay for Technological Simpletons” which was featured on Tonight With Trevor MacDonald and she was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s In Business. She is the author of several books on eBay, including eBay for Everyone.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.