Men have never stopped collecting, we are just seeing a more modern version of it and the new phenomenon has been appropriately termed “mantiques.” A mantique is an antique or collectible that appeals mainly to men – manly collectibles – oddities, curiosities and conversation starters that defy the traditional rules of antiquing. Many women cannot understand the allure of these pieces and that seems to make it all the more appealing to men.
Collectibles are being pursued by a new generation that is eager to enhance their homes with more masculine vintage decor. And many men are looking for a tangible connection to the physical world and a refreshing escape from the endless hours staring at smartphones, tables and computer screens. Antique hunting is challenging and it gives you the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and take spontaneous road trips through quaint rural towns in hopes of discovering that next hidden treasure for you to share with your family and friends.
Mantiques are not just about nostalgia, they are great investments as well. As Baby Boomers continue to downsize, exciting new inventory continues to be added to the collectibles market. Rare and unusual items are most valuable. History and objects that highlight history also hold great value…gadgety, fascinating, mechanical, pieces of engineering history – everything from war plane ejector seats to antique maps of famous expeditions, to globes, airplane components, authentic battleship parts, and sunken treasure artifacts that have been recovered and restored. And don’t forget about significant items from all those thrilling travel adventures (envision Indiana Jones). Famous celebrity birthdays and milestone anniversaries of historical relevancy often generate renewed interest in specific items as well, such as the 150th anniversary of the end to the Civil War. These collectibles will continue to increase demand and value.
Other interests range from fishing, hunting, rusty oil cans, racy pin up calendars and posters, vintage license plates, pocket watches, unique barware, aged stoves, pocket knives, antique tools, old tin cigarette signs, coins, sports trading cards, classic automobiles, old racing cars and motorcycles, fossilized bones, medieval torture devices, beer collectibles, golf memorabilia and the list goes on and on.
If you do not have the time to plan your own personal treasure hunting trip down a quaint rural highway, allow our showrooms to find exactly what you may be looking for in “mantique” decor.