Well guess what?
It's a tough business! I don't know many millionaire antique dealers, and if I do, they made their fortunes chasing other dreams and now can afford to dabble in antiques. I think we have to take into account that antiques and collectibles like any other market is affected by changing tastes and trends, but there is a huge seismic shift happening thanks to our beloved baby boomers. The demographic that made millionaires out of the Eaton family and the Hudson's Bay company are now downsizing, so all this 'stuff' is coming into the marketplace and where does it all go? To top it off they've given birth to a generation who aren't interested in any of it. So take that into account and mix in the advent of Ikea, a store where you can furnish a condo for around $1500 and you've got a recipe for disaster, at least from an antique dealers perspective.
And so I find myself, now an old-timer saying many of the same things I heard my forerunners saying. While I may have some good arguments, it's still the same things coming out of my mouth as theirs.
Here's a link to an interesting article from the Washington Post last week, talking about this very dilemma;