Author Archives: Alan

How to Sell Your Artwork at Higher Prices


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Whether you’ve inherited it, found it in a basement or purchased it for a song at an estate sale, many people happen upon antique art that has the potential to fetch a tidy sum if sold to the right person. The problem you may have is that you have no idea how much your work […]

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What Makes Certain Antique Paintings Valuable–or Worthless?


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If there is one thing that antique painting buyers often ask themselves, it is this: What is it that makes certain antique paintings valuable and others worthless? Whether you are looking for the best place to sell paintings in order to turn a profit on paintings you’ve acquired or you work for a “we buy […]

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A Reliable Estate Sale Service in Florida to Sell Your Valuable Assets


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Are you going to be hosting an estate sale in the near future in order to liquidate your valuable assets? An estate sale company can simplify the process by taking on the most complicated aspects of the job. However, it is important that you choose a trusted Florida company to handle your sale, and there […]

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Modern Furniture – What is it and who wants it?


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When we’re talking about Modern Furniture, we are not necessarily talking about your last trip to Ikea. The modern art movement in the late 19th century may have started with painters and sculpturers who pushed away from the aesthetic of more traditional styles in favor of expression and abstraction beyond realistic representation but it didn’t […]

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Should I Sell My Antique Gold and Jewelry Now or Wait? 


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If you collect ancient gold and jewelry, you may have heard that the value of these items changes on almost a day-to-day basis. This can make it difficult if you want to sell your items, as you may question whether it is better to sell them now or wait. A trip to a professional jeweler […]

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Best Antique Buyers Who Can Visit Your House to Purchase Antiques


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Did you know that there are antique buyers that come to your home? If you are looking for Sarasota antique buyers, this may come as a surprise…and a good one at that! Having an antique buyer come to you saves you time and energy. It’s a convenient way to sell antiques in Sarasota. There are […]

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Christofle Silver Marks | Is this Christofle? how old? | Marks & History


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What is the Christofle Silver?  Silver plating was a revolutionary innovation that was both developed and perfected by Christofle company founder C. Christofle. With silver plating, it suddenly became possible to democratize the trade of silversmithing in order to make beautiful silver pieces more affordable for customers. With silver plating, customers who had previously coveted […]

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The Best Way to Burnish and Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedies Put to the Test


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If you’ve got a set of silver lying around, you might have noticed that it’s starting to look a little less than gorgeous. That means it’s time to polish it. But do you really want to use a silver polisher that potentially includes harmful chemicals? You’re going to be eating with these utensils, after all, […]

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Where to Sell My Antique Paintings?


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If you want to sell antique paintings in Bradenton, Clearwater, Englewood, Fort Myers, Longboat Key, Naples, Orlando, Port Charlotte, Siesta Key, St Petersburg, Tampa and Venice then it’s time to contact Sarasota Antique Buyers. Our passion is for all forms of art and their associated history and story. You’ve cherished your piece of work this far […]

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What is Post-Impressionism?


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Anyone looking to learn more about, buy, or sell antique post-impressionistic paintings should enjoy our blog post this week.  Prepare yourself for an abridged history lesson that will hopefully be an informative and exciting journey! Post-Impressionism: What is it? In order to adequately answer this question, we must first briefly review the predating style that […]

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Best Way to Liquidate An Estate Liquidation & Estate Sale: Estate Sale Checklist


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You may be downsizing and don’t know what to do with all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, but you do know you don’t want to just toss it out. After all it can still be used by someone, just not you. Or perhaps you inherited a house after the death of a loved […]

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The History Behind Repousse Antiques


Repoussé is an intricate detail and ornamental design in sterling silver, metal, thin copper and many other metals. Repoussé designed pieces of silver are done by a metalwork technique that consists of the hammering and shaping of malleable metal on the reverse side by hand. The literal meaning of repoussé in French is “to push […]

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Why Should You Hire A Professional Estate Sale Company? Here’s Why…


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Have you inherited an estate you need to liquidate, or are you ready to sell much of your own estate? If so, you need to consider hiring a professional estate liquidator. These experts do more than just hold auctions or facilitate sales. They’re experts in what they do, and they know how to get the […]

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4 Things That Might Diminish the Worth of Antique Porcelain


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Antique porcelain pieces can often be quite valuable, but a large part of this value comes from their condition. Pieces that aren’t in great condition won’t be worth as much, and in some cases, may actually have very little value. Here are four things that can diminish the overall value of your porcelain.   Chips […]

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5 Major Estate Sales Mistakes ???? That You Might Be Making


Planning a successful estate sale can be a long and time-intensive process. It is no small feat to sell all of your belongings, so it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed with the process. In order to ensure that your upcoming estate sale goes smoothly, there are a few mistakes that you will want to […]

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A Guide to Choosing a Professional Art Appraiser to Know the Value of Your Art


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Are you ready to have your art professionally appraised? Whether you’ve collected pieces here and there over the years or have more recently decided to be a serious antique art collector, you do need to know the value of your collection. Even if you don’t think you have any really valuable pieces, you should still […]

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Best Reasons for Reaching Out to a Reputable Antique Jewelry Dealer before Selling


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The time has come for you to sell your antique jewelry collection, and you want to get the best price for your items. You could post them on eBay blindly and hope for the best, but chances are good that you won’t price them correctly. Fortunately, antique jewelry dealers can help, and there are several […]

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Guide to Vintage Jewelry Selling: You Worry Less when you Know More


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If you’re thinking about purchasing vintage jewelry, you likely know that you need to take the time to learn about different designers, manufacturers, and styles. Some, though, jump right in and start buying antique vintage jewelry without really doing the research. There are a number of different reasons why it’s important to learn about vintage […]

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Tips to Value Gold Plated and Silver Plated Antiques


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Marks to Know for Antique Silver-plate and Gold-plate If you have been trying to sell antique jewelry, you probably have come across terms such as gold-plate and silver-plate. These terms also will be used for other antiques, especially silver-plate as it is quite common. It is important that you know a few things about gold […]

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Henry Moore Bronze Sculpture? Important Things To Know


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Born in 1898 in Castleford, Yorkshire, Henry Spencer Moore grew up to be an English sculptor and artist, and happened to be the most influential and famous sculptor of his generation. His father wanted to avoid having his children work in the mines and so he did everything he could to ensure his children were […]

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The Work of Charles M. Russell


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Understanding the art by Charles Russell Charles M. Russell, one of the most famous artists in the American West, created paintings and bronze works of art which are familiar pieces to millions of people and very prized by collectors. Overall, Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians and landscapes that are specific to the […]

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How to Identify Collectible Enamel


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Historical Background of Enamel Collectibles First used on small pieces of jewelry, enamel is not paint but a thin coat of glass. Once applied to a metal and heated to high temperatures, will melt and become fused to the metal. This is similar to how ceramic glazes adhere to pottery. Pure gold, silver and copper […]

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What is the Difference Between Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry?


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If you are a jewelry enthusiast, you may have heard the terms “antique,” “vintage, and “estate” used to describe different pieces. These terms are often used interchangeably, although there are some unique differences. By better understanding the three different types—and the characteristics of each—you can better evaluate your antique vintage jewelry collection. Antique, vintage, and […]

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Russian Icons: History Of Russian Icon Art Characteristics


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Icons, a characteristic and symbolic part of Russian culture, have their roots back in the year 988 AD. It was the year that Kievan Rus’ converted to Christianity. For more that 1,000 years, the Greek division of Christian faith, Orthodox Christianity, educated and formed both cultural and spiritual basis of the Russian society. This led […]

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History of The Silver Bowl: Know-All About Silver Bowls


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Antique silver bowls hold a major place in human history. In fact, they’ve been in use for over 6,000 years, and evidence suggests that they predate even the use of eating utensils. Although, from what we know, the rulers of Ur were the first to use these vessels, they were far from the only ones, […]

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How to Test Gold & Silver at Home – Technique To Analysis Gold & Silver


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Once you’ve purchased gold or silver, even if it’s from a seller you trust, you may have one question rolling around in the back of your mind: is it real? It’s not always easy to tell if a bullion is actually gold or silver or if it’s simply plated. Fortunately, there are a number of […]

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How do I Make Money from Antique Silver? And What is the Best Time to Sell Antique Silver?


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If you’ve just inherited your Great Aunt’s collection or are ready to let go of your own, you may be wondering how to make money from antique silver. Regardless of how you acquired it, you’ll want to learn all you can about the antique silver market, like when the best time to sell your wares, […]

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Antique Estate Jewelry Comes of Age


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Antique Estate Jewelry commands a strong market for two simple reasons: *These pieces were made with beautiful and delicate craftsmanship and owned by sometimes very prestigious figures *To put it simply – they just aren’t making any more. These are the two defining components of Antique (usually referring to something more than 100 years old) […]

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Where to Sell My Antique? Antique Dealers Near Me that Buy Antiques


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If you are looking to sell your antique, not just any ‘ye-old’ place will do. You want to find the best places to sell antiques that you can trust to treat you fairly so you’ll get the most return for your treasure. Here are some tips that will help you narrow down the best of […]

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The Top Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold [Updated 2021]


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Collecting art is a valuable hobby, and there are some extremely valuable pieces out there. Historically, some have sold for incomprehensible amounts of money and can still be seen on display today. If you are interested in some of the most valuable pieces of art, take a look at these the world’s top most-expensive paintings sold […]

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A Quick History of Chinese Porcelain


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For thousands of years, Chinese culture has created and revered the traditional arts. The history of Chinese porcelain is especially interesting, as it is heavily featured in many different types of Chinese crafts and was widely used across nearly all dynasties. Two primary categories are tao (or low-temperature fired), and ci (or high-temperature fired), and […]

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American Art: 5 Key Factors to Determine Value of Art


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Whether collecting coins, antique pieces, fine wines, or abstract paintings, art is an asset. Each piece is one of its kind and so valuable. Much time and money go into defining each piece from the first drop of skill. Compiling your collection costs you a lot of dedication and investment. It makes sense to keep […]

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How to use ebay to Appraise your Antiques?


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Ebay is the world’s largest yard sale that has grown to over 183 million active users. It’s amazing to me that there is any order to it at all. Despite the massive quantity of transactions that occur each day, it can potentially be a great resource to those looking to get a general appraisal for […]

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How much are antique prints worth and how to tell them apart?


Lithiographs, Giclees, and Serigraphs- Oh My! How much are antique prints worth and how to tell them apart? Antique prints are a popular collectable; they are a good representation of history and showcase beautiful fine art. As they were more affordable than an artist original work, they were not as rare, and many people find them […]

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How to have a successful Estate Liquidation?


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Regardless of whether you are downsizing, clearing out an estate, or simply cleaning out your attic, estate liquidations can be hectic. From organizing and pricing your items, to dealing with people in your house haggling over prices, sometimes it may not even seem worth it. But with the right estate liquidators helping you, the process […]

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Silver Facts: Quick Facts About The Chinese Antique Silver


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Many Florida homes feature Chinese antique silver pieces for the right reasons. These can indeed be a quaint and ornate addition to any atmosphere. As you can imagine this genre has a rich history, which could help you identify genuine items when you see them. Westerners started travelling to China as tourists for the first […]

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Tips To Value Antique Gold And Fine Jewelry


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Valuing antique gold and fine jewelry can be difficult- marks can vary based on age and how can you tell if a stone is a real diamond or not? When you are looking to sell your family heirloom jewelry, you want to make sure you are getting a fair price from a dealer. Here are […]

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Quoted: on the Value of Asian and Silver Antiques


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Last week, I was honored to be quoted in an expert article on the value of certain antiques written in Long Live Your Money. Various commonly owned or inherited antiques were discussed, including the ones I gave information on. These were Asian antiques (Asian art, Chinese snuff bottles, etc.) and of course, sterling silver antiques […]

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Understand and Valuate Expressionist Art


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The Fascination of Mid Century Modern Art Why does Mid Century modern art continue to be popular, and why have collectors embraced its look so emphatically? These pieces were innovative for their time, and remain so. They elicit an emotional spark in the viewer. History and value of expressionist art Abstract Expressionism developed in the […]

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Our best expert tips to help you navigate how to downsize


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At some point, everyone needs to do downsizing- maybe you are an recent empty-nester, or a new caregiver for an elderly parent’s home. How can you downsize easily, while receiving the best return for your belongings? Follow these guidelines, especially geared for selling collectibles and antiques. 1. Decide if you’re really downsizing- how much do […]

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Caring for Your Oriental Antique Furniture


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Once you have fallen in love with a piece of oriental antique furniture and added it to your Bradenton collection, it is important to properly maintain the piece. Antiques are old and often more fragile than other furniture. These pieces require to specific care to unintentional destruction. Caring Daily: Pieces of oriental antique furniture should […]

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Selling Your Silver Tea Sets


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If you are looking to sell vintage silver tea sets in Tampa there’s no better place to go than Sarasota Antique Buyers. We buy all kinds of antiques, from jewelry and hollowware to furniture and porcelain—whether they are individual pieces or entire collections. One of the most important stages of selling silver tea sets is determining […]

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How Do Estate Liquidations Work?


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Estate liquidation is the process of selling the assets of a deceased person, or someone who wants to downsize or relocate. These assets can include personal belongings, real estate, and other valuable items. The purpose of estate liquidation is to use the proceeds to pay off debts, expenses, or taxes, and distribute the remaining assets […]

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Is Estate Liquidation the Right Choice for You?


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Are you familiar with all of the benefits of estate liquidations and when it’s best to have one for your Orlando property? If you need to empty out a property, or sell off belongings or antique collection, then this is the service you need. But what does it entail, and how does it work? Do […]

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Where is the Best Place to Sell Antique Gold Jewelry?


When you need to sell antique gold jewelry, whether it’s a small piece or even a private collection, it is not as simple as selling something in the St. Petersburg paper, taking it to a pawn shop, or even putting it on an online website such as Craigslist or Ebay. This type of sale can […]

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What is Vintage and Estate Jewelry?


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When you sell or buy antiques from the Venice area, there are so many types and styles, which originate from so many countless sources, that it’s often difficult to tell them apart.  To see a good example of how confusing a single focus area can be, we need only look at vintage and estate jewelry.  […]

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Do I Need An Antique Appraisal?


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The simple answer is yes. If you hope to sell any historical, artistic work then an antique appraisal is absolutely vital to receiving a fair price. In fact, acquiring an accurate market analysis from a knowledgeable source in the Sarasota area is perhaps the most important part of the selling process. What’s So Complicated about […]

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Clocks


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Do you want to sell your antique or vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clocks in Bradenton, Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, or Venice? Sarasota Antique Buyers is southwest Florida’s leading buyers and brokers of all LeCoultre, Cartier, and Argent, as well as all types of fine antique clocks. As knowledgeable antique dealers, we have been in business […]

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Where to Sell Gold and Jewelry?


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If you are looking for how to sell your gold jewelry successfully for cash, you will quickly learn there are a number of options available to you. The goal is to find the one that will give you the most money for your piece, right? There are a decent number of antique dealers, pawnshops, and […]

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Selling Modern Furniture and Sculptures


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  Modern furniture and sculptures are works we’ve become accustomed to seeing in contemporary society, and which still inspire artists to this day, despite the fact their roots are over a century old.  But when these artists first began designing and sculpting their works, they were spearheading the modernism movement, doing things no one had […]

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Sterling Silver vs. Plated


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Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you have a sterling silver or plated item. If you have antique jewelry, flatware, hollowware, hallmarks, etc. that you have no use for, you should strongly consider selling them to an expert antique buyer in Sarasota, Tampa or St. Petersburg. Whether or not you’re interested in selling the item, […]

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Sterling Silver vs. Silver Plate


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At Sarasota Antique Buyers, we are very interested in purchasing your sterling silver in the Tampa Bay area. Of course, we’re also interested in making sure our customers know just what their silver is worth. After all, too many people don’t realize the value of what they possess or even the type of silver they […]

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Selling Jewelry Online 101: Basic Tips for Success


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Selling your antique jewelry online is an adventure, to be sure. You can end up doing very well for yourself, or you could end up getting taken. The outcome will depend on knowing the antique jewelry buyers, the market for jewelry, and the value of your pieces. If you are interested in selling antique jewelry […]

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Toss it or Treasure it? Are There Gems Hiding in Your Jewelry Box?


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When going through your jewelry box, do you often find yourself looking at pieces you’ve never worn or have only worn a few times? If you’ve inherited these pieces or bought them for very little from an estate sale or auction, you might wonder if they’re really worth keeping. Should you toss them to make […]

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Good Places to Sell Original Paintings Online In Brandon


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Selling an antique painting can be a lengthy and painstaking process. You have to market it correctly, field calls from interested parties, and make sure it is properly showcased. You have to figure out how to protect it when someone comes to view it, and how to present it in a way that highlights its […]

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7 Techniques to Help You Sell an Estate | Pro Tips


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Selling an estate can be a daunting experience, especially if you aren’t sure where to start. Many people make the mistake of opening up their home for an estate sale and take any offer that comes their way, as they simply want to make money as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, you could be selling items […]

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What to Look for in Estate Jewelry | Complete Guide to Antique Jewelery


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While in Sarasota, you found some beautiful estate jewelry at a sale and are interested in purchasing it. The family is clearing out the property, and everything must go by the end of today; other people are eyeing the piece you want, and you don’t have time to deliberate long. Is it worth the price? […]

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How to Find an Estate Sale Company? Things to know before selecting the one Best For You.


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Have you inherited an estate full of items that you don’t want to keep? If that’s the case, you might be looking for an estate sale company to help you sell these items. But you don’t simply want to pick a company name at random—it’s important that you work with a good estate sales team […]

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What the Antique Dealer Doesn’t Want You? Know from Our Experts


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When you’re considering selling your antique gold and silver, you probably do a little bit of research to learn more about the market and the pieces you have. It’s great to be informed, but not every antique dealer would agree. Some try to keep a few little secrets from their customers. If you’re going to […]

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The History of Tiffany & Co. | Everything You Want to Know Tiffany & Co.


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Charles Tiffany was born February 15, 1812 in Killingly, Connecticut. About 25 years later, in 1837, Charles Tiffany and John Young, and later in 1841, they added J.L.. Ellis as a partner, began Tiffany, Young and Ellis in Lower Manhattan. That company at the time was founded at first to sell fancy goods and stationery. […]

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Is Your Oriental Antique Furniture Authentic or Fake?


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Oriental antique furniture has an ornate beauty and history that can become the centerpiece of a room in your Orlando home or complement an existing theme perfectly. There are a variety of styles, and each has distinctive features. If you are in the market for Oriental furniture, you should never purchase a piece if you […]

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Selling Your Antique Estate Items in Florida – Is Florida the Best Place to Sell All Your Items?


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The State of Florida is an antique lover’s paradise. For collectors, there are plenty of antique shops in every city and town that offer a variety of unique treasures. Likewise, if you are ready to sell your antiques, you have plenty of potential buyers in the state that are looking for what you have to […]

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Is there a “best season” for buying and selling antiques and collectibles?


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If you’ve been in the antique and collectibles business for a while, you’ve probably noticed that there’s an ebb and flow to it. We buy antique collectibles, and we’ve come to understand that there are some months that are simply better for buying than others. This isn’t always the case—you can find amazing antiques at […]

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How to Sell Your Antique Jewelry – What You Need to Know to Get the Most for Your Antique Jewelry


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When it comes to selling your antique jewelry, the process can be emotional and confusing. You may have a lot of questions. Are you getting a fair price for your treasures? Where is the best place to sell jewelry? How do you know if an antique jewelry buyer is trustworthy? Especially if you are selling […]

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Antique Jewels on the Modern Red Carpet


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The past hundred years of fashion have seen thousands of trends come and go. Hemlines have shortened, necklines have plunged, and with events like the Met Gala constantly encouraging attendees to push the boundaries of apparel, celebrities and the common consumer alike are on a continuous search for the next new thing in fashion. Some […]

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Gorham Silver Hallmarks and Its History


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You might be owning several antique silver items which have innovative designs. Of many classy antique silver pieces, you might be having Gorham antique silver items which are considered as the most expensive silverware till date. If you are the one who once collected huge antique silver pieces along with Gorham silverware and now you […]

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Art Deco Vs Art Moderne: Which One Do You Have?


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Some pieces of art are too similar that it is too hard to differentiate them. Art deco and art moderne are good examples of such art types that are hard to differentiate. If you have any of them, it is possible that you have no idea which one it is. Even though they originated from […]

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Things to Note When Searching For an Estate Sale Company


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When searching for an estate sale company, you will notice that there are several of them claiming to be the best. The entire process of looking for the right firm or individuals to handle your estate liquidation can be overwhelming but you need to make the right choice if you want to get the right […]

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Selling Art? How to Identify the Artist, Artwork Age and Value


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Are you preparing to sell some of your artwork, but aren’t certain its value or its age? There are a few different things you need to look at to determine painting worth, and that includes who painted the piece and when they did it. Here are a few ways you can determine who the artist […]

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Estate Vs. Vintage Vs. Antique: What Are The Differences?


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If you’ve considered buying or selling older pieces of jewelry, you’ve likely encountered the terms vintage, estate, and antique. Sometimes, people seem to use all of these terms interchangeably, but others may have specific definitions for each. What exactly is the difference, and does it really matter that much? Estate Jewelry Estate jewelry has a […]

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4 Valuable Tips to Figure Out “What’s It Worth?” When Dealing with Antique Furniture


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If you’ve got some antique furniture you’re considering selling or that you want to buy, one of the first things you want to do is determine how much it’s really worth. If you’re selling, you definitely want to get the full value of the piece. If you’re buying, you don’t want to pay more than […]

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Selling Art Online and Reaching New Markets: 4 Tips for Budding Artists


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Are you a budding artist who would love to sell your paintings? Getting into galleries can be difficult, and doing art shows on the weekends often doesn’t attract the right audience for your work. So, what can you do? By learning how to sell your art online, you can find high end collectors who know […]

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Antique Jewelry: How to Find Hidden Gems, Literally


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Are you looking to find some antique jewelry pieces that are amazing to look at and have that great antique style that doesn’t seem to be around any longer? There are many different pieces out there that you could add to your collection if you know where to look for them and how to identify […]

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Quick DIY Tips on How to Examine an Antique Painting


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Do you have some antique paintings you’d like to buy? If so, you may want to know how to do a quick examination of the piece before you purchase it. If you’re buying paintings that are quite expensive, you’ll want to have an appraiser look over the piece before you finalize the purchase. Knowing a […]

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Art Deco and Art Moderne: Is there a Difference?


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If you’re new to the antique collection world, you may have a number of questions regarding the styles known as Art Deco and Art Moderne. Both seem like they apply to furniture and artwork made between 1920 and the 1940s. So, what’s the difference? If you’re going to buy and sell pieces from this period, […]

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Sell This, Not That: Everything About Chinese Antiques Authentication, Appraisals, and Valuations


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Are you thinking about getting into the Chinese antiques industry? There are many people who make a good amount of money buying and selling Chinese antiques, but you have to be invested. You don’t simply become a Chinese porcelain buyer overnight. You need to understand what to sell to truly make money, plus you need […]

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How to Identify Antique Furniture Chair Styles


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If you’re in the market for antique furniture, you want to make certain that the chairs and other pieces you’re purchasing are true antiques and not knockoffs that you’re being charged too much for. That’s why it’s important that you know how to identify the various styles of antique chairs. By knowing what to look […]

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Pitfalls you Need to Know When Selling Vintage Jewelry and Artifacts


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If you’re thinking about selling vintage jewelry or artifacts, you need to do a little research before you jump right in. That’s because there are some pitfalls that can be very costly, and you want to avoid making as many of these common mistakes as you possibly can. This is especially true if you’ve invested […]

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Finding Value: Important Tips When Buying Vintage and Antique at Estate Sales


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Estate sales are a great place to find valuable antiques and collectibles, often at affordable prices. Some homeowners might not know exactly how valuable an item is, while others price vintage and antique items at rock-bottom prices to simply sell them as quickly as possible. If you are looking to add to your antique collection, […]

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