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 mother’s Lladro collection and how to sell it, make families take a second look at the money that could be gleaned from Grandpa’s rock collection and point 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 haven’t yet had me in your home for an in-home appraisal, I have compiled this list of objects that are more valuable than you think. Don’t overlook these items because I have seen them change people’s lives. I’ve been there to help.
Don’t let these objects go without realizing the much-needed money that they could bring to your family. For example, most people know vintage toys are valuable, but did you know computer parts can bring home the cash, too? Don’t rely on an appraisal that only focuses on one thing — specialty appraisals — since no one collects only one type of thing. Don’t let anything go without an in-home appraisal that covers everything. I conduct these appraisals regularly with stunning results.
Here are a few items that are worth more than you might think:
Costume, fine jewelry
Most people think that only the real bling is worth money, but costume jewelry pieces command high prices, too.
Shoes, handbags
Vintage names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Kate Spade are bringing big bucks with collectors, particularly young women.
Wooden chairs
Solid wood construction retains value in rocking chairs, painted chairs, Windsor chairs, kitchen chairs of maple, oak, and cherry.
Precious metals
Any item or pieces of items made of precious metals (gold, platinum or silver, for example) hold their value and always will.
Artwork
Just because you can’t identify it, don’t know who the artist is or don’t like the piece doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. I can spot a valuable work of art a mile away. Don’t overlook sculpture, paintings or works on paper.
Boxes (yes, boxes!)
Wooden boxes of all types with and without locking mechanisms, souvenir boxes, tea boxes, cigar boxes, jewelry boxes and knife boxes (the list goes on) are valuable. If you can put something in it, somebody wants to give you money for it.
(Dr. Lori Verderame is the star appraiser on Discovery channel’s TV show, Auction Kings. Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Visit www.DrLoriV.com/Events or www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, find Lori Verderame on Google+ or call (888) 431-1010. )

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