Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Top 5 collectibles - more valuable than you think

Solid wood construction retains value in rocking chairs, painted chairs, Windsor chairs and kitchen chairs of maple, oak and cherry. Photo credit: Staff of

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 mothers Lladro collection and how to sell it, made families take a second look at the money that could be gleaned from grandpas 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 havent 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. Dont overlook these items because I have seen them change peoples lives. Ive been there to help.

Dont 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? Dont rely on an appraisal that only focuses on one thing specialty appraisals since no one collects only one type of thing. Dont 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.

5. Artwork

Just because you cant identify it, dont know who the artist is or dont like the piece doesnt mean it isnt valuable. I can spot a valuable work of art a mile away. Dont 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 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 channels 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 ,, Lori Verderame on Google+ or call (888) 431-1010.