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Could you imagine yourself finding an old painting in the attic one day and the next thing you know, you’re on an episode of Antiques Roadshow? I find it so fascinating to see old treasures and family heirlooms being appraised. It’s mesmerizing to watch and listen to the appraiser rattle off detailed and historically-specific facts that only someone with years of research, expertise and a very excellent memory could possibly know.
It’s pretty likely that Antiques Roadshow isn’t going to be touring in your local area anytime soon. So, if you’ve found an old piece of art, jewelry or a comic book that looks like it might be worth something and you’d like to get it appraised, take these helpful hints to find out how.
1. Be one with the appraiser: Look for any flaws such as cracks, tears or chips, as well as other defects like finish condition and material condition, missing parts or pieces, paint cover ups, stains and/or scratches. Get your magnifying glass out and start searching!
2. Finding the Value: Now is the time to do some initial researching about your item. You can start your search by using sites such as Google, Ebay, GoAntiquesand Rubylane. Look for the same item that’s being sold online for a comparable price.
3. Seek Help: After doing your due-diligence and finding some initial information online, it may be time to call in the experts. You can easily search online to find a local or nearby appraiser. Finding an expert can really be a big help but before concluding your findings with just one appraiser, make sure you get a second opinion.
Now if you’re not in a rush to go find an appraiser or meet with one in person, there is website for you digital-savvy folks called Value My Stuff. It’s actually quite neat, you can upload a photo and description of the item you’re inquiring about and you’ll typically get an experts appraisal back within 48 hours.
Finding old heirlooms and treasures can make you feel like you’re on both shows; Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers! Have some fun and enjoy digging back in time to see what the item is worth. Or better yet, dig up some old history on these artifacts and see where that takes you.
When’s the last time you’ve been up in the attic? Might be a good time to check!
Stay well and happy hunting!