What to do.

Canada
February 10, 2010 6:02pm CST
Over the years, Ive inherited some things from my family. Jewelery, glassware, furniture, old wedding gowns, all in great condition. I know that the world of antiques can be a tricky place if one knows nothing about the value. So I have no idea how to go about finding out how much my antiques are worth. Would anyone know how I can find out without being ripped off? Do you have any antiques and how did you go about finding out about them?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
11 Feb 10
First, you need to have an idea how old each item can be. Some items can be classified as vintage, some as antiques. You may hold on vintage for a little longer. Go by brand.Check the name on the jewelry and search for that item on ebay. You will have brief idea how much it cost. Take few pictures and go to few local antiques store. See what they are offering and compare.
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• Canada
11 Feb 10
Hello Pola, Well I do know how old some of the items are but others I have NO idea at all. As for brand of jewelery, how can you know what the brand is on a ring? I'll need to take pictures as you suggest. As to going to local antiques store.....Im not sure Id trust the people there. But I'll try to look it up on Ebay, thats a great idea. Thanks, have a nice day and hope it wont be too cold for you.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
11 Feb 10
if you have an estimate for the same item from 3 places, you have a brief idea about the value and you have no obligation to sell.
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• Canada
12 Feb 10
Thanks Pola, Im not sure if I want to sell any of the things I have but I sure want to know if its valuable....for the insurance.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
12 Feb 10
I found a site on my blog, called Instaappraisal.com. You can upload pictures of your items and knowledgeable people or even professional flea market buffs can give you additional information and get an idea of the value. It's free so it you have nothing to lose by trying. Good Luck!
• Canada
12 Feb 10
Thank you VERY MUCH Di. Im going to have a look at it and this way its much easier for me. I dont have to carry the stuff with me to get an appraisal. Very nice of you to give me the site's name, I really appreciate it.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
11 Feb 10
well, you could try scouring the internet or hit your local library and check out some books in regards to them but i am fortunate because i have a friend that is an antique dealer so they are always honest with me!
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• Canada
11 Feb 10
Lucky you Cher. I dont know anyone in that line of business. Ive tried to find a few things on the net but I dont even know the "name" of some of the things I have, so now way of searching. The library sounds like a great idea though. I'll have someone to help me there. Thanks