Although there are many, many books on the market about antiques and collectibles, there are a few general guides that stand out for their ease of use, content and value. Depending on your specific interests, having at least one of these books in a reference library makes good sense.
Provides useful information on a vast selection of antiques. Good general descriptions with background information on topics too numerous to mention and up-to-date pricing. Easy to read as well.
A good choice for the moderate to advanced collector. Doesn't provide much background information, but does include a very detailed listing of topics with current prices. Great for collectors who know what they've found and just need to know what it's worth. As an added bonus, the authors have a great reputation in the world of antiques.
Another good all around price guide on antiques from a reliable source. This book won't give you background information on specific topics, but it offers an excellent price guide to value your treasures.
A great guide on the kitschy collectibles garage sale shoppers love to find. Good background descriptions make a nice accompaniment to the detailed pricing information included in this book.
Another good all-around reference guide on general antiques and older collectibles with the respected Warman's name backing it up. Look for other Warman's titles for more specifics on items such as jewelry, glass, pottery and furniture.