Who would not have loved to have been collecting in the 1970s when many mouth watering antiques were being sold for what now seems like a song?
It is good practice to buy only when you are satisfied that an item is both genuine and good value. A quality piece with an established value of £1000 is likely to appreciate more than the sum of ten £100 items which in turn will appreciate more than one hundred “good value” £10 ones.
Working on this principle of the more expensive the better, you should spend as much as you can afford on as few items as possible. If you are buying well, you are less likely to have regrets for the pieces which dented your bank balance than for those items which seemed like “bargains” at the time. This might be good advice, but it is not always the easiest to follow!