With more expertise and education than most appraisers who serve clients in their homes, I have identified very valuable objects that were overlooked for numerous clients over the years.
In most homes, I can spot $25,000 worth of valuables that you have overlooked. I have helped people consider the true value of their motherís Lladro collection and how to sell it, made families take a second look at the money that could be gleaned from grandpaís rock collection and pointed out how much that ugly painting in the guest bedroom is really worth.
Most families who are downsizing, cleaning out estates or trying to deal with the objects collection by relatives over a lifetime do not know the real value of their stuff on the market. I do. For those of you who havenít yet had me in your home for an in-home appraisal, I have compiled this top 10 list of the objects that are more valuable than you think. Donít overlook these items because I have seen them change peopleís lives. Iíve been there to help.
Donít let these objects go without realizing the much needed money that they could bring to your family. Most people know that vintage toys are valuable, but did you know that computer parts can bring home the cash too? Donít rely on an appraisal that only focuses on one thing ó specialty appraisals ó since no one collects only one type of thing. Donít let anything go without an in-home appraisal that covers everything. I conduct these appraisals regularly with stunning results.
1. Costume and Fine Jewelry
Most people think that only the real bling is worth money, but costume jewelry pieces command high prices, too.
2. Shoes and Handbags
Vintage names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade are bringing big bucks with collectors, particularly young women.
3. Wooden Chairs
Solid wood construction retains value in rocking chairs, painted chairs, Windsor chairs and kitchen chairs of maple, oak and cherry.
4. Precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, etc.)
Any item or pieces of items made of precious metals hold their value and always will.
Just because you canít identify it, donít know who the artist is or donít like the piece doesnít mean it isnít valuable. I can spot a valuable work of art a mile away. Donít overlook sculpture, paintings or works on paper.
And, just one more: boxes (yes, boxes!).
Wooden boxes of all types with and without locking mechanisms: souvenir boxes, tea boxes, cigar boxes, jewelry boxes, knife boxes Ė the list goes on. If you can put something in it, somebody wants to give you money for it.
Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery channelís hit TV show, Auction Kings. Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Bring an antiques to Dr. Lori at one of her FREE appraisal events. Visit www.DrLoriV.com/Events , www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, Lori Verderame on Google+ or call (888) 431-1010.