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Appraising Your Antiques and Selling Me Your Antiques & Collectibles


I am often asked.... 50+ emails a day and 2 or 3 phone calls a week, to appraise items. Please keep in mind, this is how I earn a living. If I gave away everything that I had I would not be able to pay my bills, this includes my knowledge.

There are many factors that go into doing an appraisal no matter how informal it is.

I must have a photograph, a vague description gives me nothing to go one. I need to know if there are any marks on the item and what the provenance is, what information you have on the piece.

What do you want the appraisal for? If you want to resell the item at a garage sale the price will be lower than if you were wanting to put it up for auction at Sotheby's. The same applies if you have a shop and want the item to sell in one week -vs- whenever. If you are going to sell the item on one of the online auctions, let the buyers dictate the selling price. Set your starting bid so that you are making a profit if the item sells at your starting bid. If the item is worth anything and you really want to get rid of it, it will sell for what it is worth in today's market place. eBay is a good indicator of the collectibles market.

If you need an insurance appraisal or replacement value appraisal this is also a different type of appraisal. You have no intention of selling the item but if something were to happen to it you want to be able to recoup your money on it. This value is usually MUCH MUCH higher than what you can sell the item for. For this type of appraisal I highly recommend that you turn to your homeowner's insurance company and get a recommendation from them to find an appraiser.

Most certified appraiser's charge $150.00 - $200.00 and up per hour, depending upon your needs this may be a fair price. If you are in the KC metro area and want me to come in to your home and do an appraisal on a household or several items please give me a call and we can discuss price.

If you would like an online appraisal I charge $20 per item payable through Paypal using the button below. Once I receive payment I will email you and provide you with MY email address so that you can send me details and photos of the item in question.

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You can also mail me photos of the item you want appraised here is my Appraisal Request Form. Please include the filled out form and a check or money order for $20 per item if mailing in your appraisal. Include your phone number or email and I will contact you when I receive all of the information.

One of the above methods are the only way that I will respond to requests for appraisals.

Here are 2 online appraisal companies as well as a list of resources here on my website that you can use to do your own appraisal. Click Here

Selling Me Your Antiques & Collectibles


As with the appraisals, I get numerous requests a day to purchase antiques and collectibles from people online. At one time I did purchase items from others sight unseen but any more I prefer not to.

I like to be able to touch the items I am purchasing to resell. There are alot of reproductions out there and without touching, seeing and feeling the item I cannot distinguish between real and reproduction. The same applies to flaws in the item.

The main problem comes in when we get down to price. The seller wants full price and as a dealer I cannot purchase at full price. Once again... this is how I make a living. I MUST be able to mark the items up for a profit when I resell them. If I can't do this then I have gained nothing.

I will not make an offer. If you don't know what you want for an item, shipping included. Don't rely on me to set your price.

I was recently offered a set of 12 collector's plates for $240.00 not including shipping, I sell these plates for $28.00 each. Profit margin is in the negative numbers.

You are better off selling to an individual collector than a dealer unless you just want to get rid of the items for whatever you can get.

Dealer's are not cheap we just have to make a living. Also, I like to keep my prices low for my customer's and I like to sell my products not just have them sitting around with high prices on them.

I have many shopping resources locally and I have several people around the country that help me find specific items for special customer's. But if you really want me to consider an item you have for sale I need your selling price including the shipping charges to zip code 66215.

Appraisal of Antiques and Collectibles


I do not do email requested appraisals and I no longer "offer my expert opinion" on the value of items. The volume of requests has become unmanagable.

If you would like for me to perform these services for you I do charge $25 per hour with a 2 hour minimum with payment required at the time of the request. You will receive a written description on everything that I find on your piece, including history and price based on the information that you provide to me.

I need the following:

  • CLEAR photographs, including the marks if any
  • Complete description
  • Size - Height, length and width
  • Any history you have on the item - Where you obtained it, how long you have had it, what do you know for sure about it, etc.
  • Reason for the appraisal, do you want to sell the item, personal knowledge, insurance, etc.

If I don't receive the above information, including payment, I cannot conduct the appraisal. Please allow 2 - 3 weeks for me to complete your request.

Print out this form and mail with your request.

I do provide numerous resources for you to research your items here on my website and the library is still a great source for researching everything. I make atleast 2 trips a month to our library. How To Find the Value of Your Antiques & Collectibles

I can recommend either one of the below online appraisal websites for insurance appraisals and other appraisal needs. You can also contact your homeowners insurance company or local antique shops for the names of antique appraiser's in your area. - Online Appaisals


Sell Your Antiques Online


I would love to help you sell your antiques and collectibles. You can sell them directly through my shop here online or we can do a consignment. For all of the information please go to - Sell Your Antiques Here


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