“Occupied Japan” topped a list of the most-searched items in 2009 compiled by the price guide web site Kovels. The Kovels’ top 10 list is based on the results of millions of searches that took place on its website over the course of the year. The top ten are as follows:
1. Occupied Japan – No Movement from 2008
2. Jewelry – No Movement from 2008
3. Stove – Up from #4 in 2008
4. Capo-di-monte – Up from #7 in 2008
5. Silver Plate – New to list
6. Furniture – No Movement
7. Copeland Spode – New to list
8. Josef Originals – New to list
9. Lladro – Down from #8 in 2008
10. Coa-cola – down from #3 in 2008
Occupied Japan continues to top the list of the most searched for items. Half of the top ten search categories in 2009 were porcelains. According to antiques expert Terry Kovel, “There seems to be great interest in prices for small figurines and fine dinnerware. Both are bargains in the antique market and are just starting to go up in price. Many of the porcelain factories have moved their production from England and Europe to Asia where the quality is not the same.” Antiques such as furniture and jewelry continue to do well in a down economy. Often priced against similar modern pieces, these can be cheaper, and more interesting than their newer counterparts, making them a great find for antique hunters and home decorators.
People use price guides for a number of reasons, usually to determine the value of an item that they own. If an item isn’t listed in the top 10 list, it doesn’t mean it is unpopular or that there isn’t a demand for it. It only means that in 2009 there was less interest in finding prices for that item. This year’s list includes comparative data for 2008 as well.