As an award-winning TV expert and celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, I reveal how to recognize valuable antiques. When you are searching around your house, you might overlook those old items that have good value such as vintage handbags, chenille bedspreads, old board games, 8-track tapes, sports equipment, mid-century modern desk blotters, etc. Many people don’t realize that collectors want everything from antique fountain pens to circa 1990s video games. If you are trying to figure out what is trash and what is treasure, remember these key points.
1. Condition is key to value. If you have an antique and it is in good shape, then try to preserve its good condition. Keep the object free from damage, dirt, water, and direct sunlight.
2. Fine works of art--paintings and sculpture--hold their value for the long term. If Grandma’s painting from the late 1800s is still hanging over the fireplace, keep it there for posterity and for your pocketbook’s sake. Odds are it will increase in value over time.
3. Antique furniture in its original, un-refinished condition will provide great conversation pieces for future generations and some investment cash too.
4. Objects that connect to history like your great grandpa’s Civil War uniform will command high prices in the antiques marketplace.
5. Vintage collectibles that demonstrate an interesting tidbit about American culture can bring big bucks like ticket stubs from an Elvis concert, a sizable collection of Pez dispensers, or an original Roy Rogers lunchbox.
When it comes to art, antiques, and collectibles, their backstory is most interesting to collectors. Document the history of an antique item by writing down all you know about its previous owners, location, and history. Look around your own home to reveal the fascinating objects that are part of your family history. Heirlooms are the best antiques of all as they recall cherished memories.
Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, award-winning TV expert, and internationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Lori Verderame presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Visit DrLoriV, Facebook/DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.