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  • Aug 21 / 2018
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antique appraisal, Antique Collection, Antique Jewelry, antique jewelry appraisal, Antique Jewelry value

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

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 more room for pieces you actually wear, or are they worth something?

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

Determining the Value of Your Antique Jewelry

Determining if any of these older pieces has any value is important. You don’t want to get rid of something only to later discover it was worth a nice amount of money. Of course, money isn’t always the only factor at play with items you’ve inherited. If any of the pieces have sentimental value, you may not want to sell them even if they are worth a lot.

Have an Appraisal

One of the easiest ways to determine the value of these pieces is by having them appraised. An antique jewelry appraisal professional can tell you exactly what the pieces are worth and give you an idea of who made them and when. Even if you don’t want to sell the pieces, knowing what they’re worth is helpful. For example, you may decide you need to get an additional insurance policy if you learn that your collection has significant value to it.

Talk to Buyers

You might also want to talk to antique jewelry buyers about your collection or individual pieces you own. You don’t even have to be thinking about selling. Simply ask for their opinion on the pieces and what they might pay for them if they were to see them for sale. Compare this with your appraisal value to determine if there’s any interest in what you own. Then you can make an informed decision on whether or not to keep these treasures.

  • Aug 09 / 2018
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antique appraisal, Antique Art

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

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 is and other information about the piece.

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Look for a Signature on the Front and Back

The easiest way to identify the artist is, of course, to look for their signature. Usually, the signature is on the front, but some artists may have signed the back of the canvas or put other information there. Don’t go off any information found on the frame unless you’re absolutely certain the frame is the original one. You never know if the painting was put in a different frame at some point.

The frame can be useful, though, because it may be where a gallery label or other information was added. If you can find this, you can often track back more information about the artist by contacting that gallery.

Determining the Age

If you have the artist’s name, you can likely determine when the painting was created by searching for that artist. If you don’t have that information, it’s going to be more difficult. If the painting was handed down to you from your parents or other family member, can you trace its history? When did the family member buy the painting?

Value

The hardest part is to determine the value of the artwork. This is where you’re likely going to want to have an art appraisal expert look at the piece. This is especially important if you’re learning how to sell art online. You’ll want a good idea of the actual value of the piece before you try to sell it.

  • Dec 18 / 2017
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antique appraisal, Antique Collection, antique dealer, antique dealers and buyers, antiques

Trading Antiques & Keepsakes: What you need to know before hand

Thinking about getting into the antiques trade? For some, it becomes a fun hobby that they make some money from. For others, it becomes a full-time job or becomes their job following retirement. No matter why you want to get into selling antiques & collectibles, there are a few things you should know before you jump into the world of buying, selling, and trading antiques and keepsakes.

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You Won’t Get Rich Fast

If you’re looking for a side job that will let you quit your full-time job within a few months, you’re looking in the wrong place. While it’s true you may eventually reach the point where you can buy and sell antiques as your job, it won’t be overnight. While it’s true that some antique buyers do make huge sales, those are often the exception rather than the norm. For every sale you have that’s several thousand dollars, you’ll likely have many, many more that are much less.

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Be Careful Specialized in High-End Items Only

Some people might think that they will simply focus only on high-end items so that every sale is at least several hundred dollars. There are a few things to be careful about here. First, expect to invest a lot more upfront in buying antiques. Many people know what their items are worth and won’t let them go for next to nothing. Also realise that high-end collectors are a fairly small niche. Most people can afford to purchase small antiques from time to time. Few, though, can afford to spend thousands every month.

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Explore Your Local Antiques Scene

Do you know where the best place to sell antiques in your area is? It helps to check out the local scene so you know where you’re likely to find good deals and where you can sell the items you find. You may want to work online, but that also involves doing a little bit of research. Some people assume eBay is the play to buy and sell, but there may be other auction sites out there that are better for the specific items you’re trading.

Local Antiques Scene

Be Ready to Put in the Time

One fact about keepsake and antiques buyers and sellers is that they have to put in the time learning about the items they’re trading. This involves learning how to identify different styles and types of antiques. You want to know the major manufacturers, designers, and artists in the antiques niche you’re invested in. Most dealers don’t simply purchase every type of antique they come across—they specialize. You’ll likely want to do that just because it makes it easier to learn about the antiques.

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You’ll also need to keep up with the market. This means learning about which antiques are selling well and which aren’t. Like any market, there will be ups and downs. Some designs or styles that are popular now may not be so popular in a few months. Keep up with the trends so you know what to buy and how to price the items you’re selling.

By following these tips, you can enter into the antiques market a little more prepared than others. That, in turn, will help you spend your money more wisely.

  • Dec 06 / 2017
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antique appraisal, Antique Art, antique dealer, antiques

Other than Selling, What Good Are Artifacts for?

If you’ve collected artifacts, antiques, and other objects, you may have done so with the intent of selling them. But what if that’s not your plan at all? There are many ancient artifacts out there that look amazing, and you may not want to sell them at all. If you don’t sell them, what else can you do with them? There are actually a number of things you can do with these items.

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Decorate Your Home

Many people collect antiques and other artifacts for their own personal decoration. They love how these antique artifacts look, so they collect as many of them as they can. Some focus on particular artifacts such as ancient coins, while others may collect anything that catches their eye or that they’re interested in. Some purchase mostly small artifacts that aren’t that rare, while others may want to invest in the rarer and more expensive items.

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It’s a Fun Hobby

For some people, owning the artifact is actually not their main goal. They love the thrill of learning about each artifact, carefully tracing its route from where it originated to where they found it, and even hunting for specific artifacts they have read about. They’re something like modern-day treasure hunters, searching for specific artifacts to purchase. For these individuals, it’s the journey that they’re really invested in. Owning the artifact is, of course, a nice ending to that journey, but even if they don’t end up finding what they want, they’ve still enjoyed the search.

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They’re an Investment

The reason some ancient artifact buyers want to purchase the rarest items they can find is because they’re making investments. They plan on holding on to these artifacts for quite some time and then may sell them later. Others plan on leaving these items to their children. They know that they or their descendants will have these rare items on hand if things get particularly bad financially. They’re a long-term safety net.

Investment

They Plan on Donating Them

Some people look for artifacts to purchase and later donate to a museum or other organization. Some of the most famous artifacts in history were purchased by individuals and included in their private collections until they made the decision to donate them. In fact, this is how many museums built up their collections. Some people donate their artifacts while they’re still alive. Others leave their collections to a museum when they die. In many cases, donating these items does provide the individual or their estate with a tax write-off.

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Artifacts can provide important historical lessons or show how things were once done. In many cases, people want to share these artifacts with others. Even those who don’t want to permanently donate their collection may loan their antique artifacts to museums or other organizations for display. This lets them share the items they’ve painstakingly hunted down without actually giving them away. Many people who love hunting for artifacts later do donate them or loan them out. Some even make it their mission to find specific artifacts for museums.

  • Nov 15 / 2017
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Complete Liquidation guide: Avoid Getting Gouged

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If you hear about an estate sale or liquidation, you may be quite excited—it could be your chance to pick up some valuable antiques for a very good price, especially if no one there knows the true value of the items. In fact, some people seek out antique liquidation sales to purchase items for next to nothing and then sell them online at a higher price, making a nice profit for very little work. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, it seems like the liquidators have set the prices so high that you’re the one getting gouged. How can you avoid that? Here are a few tips.

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Know What You’re Looking For

Many antique liquidators are betting on impulse buys. They know the people who come to their sales aren’t looking for anything specific. Instead, they’re just there to browse the discounts and pick up what they can at a bargain price. They don’t expect you to browse through what they’re offering and walk away if you don’t see certain things. They hope you get dazzled by all the offerings and pick out things that look like bargains, even if they’re actually not.

 

Know What’s Valuable and What’s Hot

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Of course, you may see something at the sale that you weren’t really looking for but is simply too good to pass up. If you’re shopping to sell your purchases later, you need to know what’s truly valuable and what’s really hot right now. By doing a little research, you’ll know what your customers want so you can walk into an antique liquidation service sale with a shopping list. You may not find everything (or anything), but you’ll know what you should invest in. You may still find the prices higher than you’d want to pay (these services do their homework, too), but you’ll know what you can easily sell and what you can’t.

 

Go as Soon as Possible

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Some liquidation sales last for several days if it’s a private estate or weeks if it’s a store or antique service. The earlier you can go, the better selection you’ll have. However, prices are likely to be higher earlier in the sale. If you want to really look at the bargains and maybe even haggle a bit, go on the afternoon of the last day. In most cases, the estate appraisal & liquidation service gets a percentage of the sales, and they’re going to want to make as much as possible before they start dropping prices.

 

Be Certain to Carefully Look Over the Entire Item

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It’s not uncommon for small scratches, dents, or other damage to be overlooked or even ignored by the service hosting the sale. If you find imperfections or damage, bring it to the attention of one of the attendants there. It’s likely you’ll be able to negotiate the price down. Of course, you may not be able to sell the piece for what you’d like if you can’t repair it. It helps to know whatyou can and cannot fix, too, so you know whether or not to even try getting a discount on the item.

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