Keep It or Toss It

One of the most common mistakes made by individuals when cleaning out an estate is throwing away items that are old stuff to them, but can be valuable to someone else.  An example is kitchen utensils. Almost all old kitchen utensils have value.  Collectors look for old cheese boxes, milk bottles, wood handled biscuit cutters, potato mashers, metal spatulas, metal cookie cutters….all those things that you think no one would want. Visit an antique mall today and you will see old Valentine cards, postcards, greeting cards, maps, calendars and don’t forget stamps. Yes there are still collectors for stamps.  Campaign collectibles are still being looked for by collectors. Pin back buttons, cards, banners, and medals are saleable.  Perfume bottles, especially small ones even if they are empty can have value. 

In this day of everyone hoping for a “find” don’t over look the obvious. 


About askbeverly

Who am I? I am an individual who values the contents of people's homes for a variety of reasons. I'm called a "personal property appraiser" and certified by the International Society of Appraisers which requires educational courses, examinations, keeping up with current tax laws and every two years taking a course called the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisals. Every five years, I am required to keep up my ISA certification by proving I have a minimum of 100 personal property development credits - that's course hours and actual research time spend on appraisal work. As a long time collector I have turned a hobby into a profession and for the last 22 years worked as an independent appraiser. My specialties include china, pottery, sterling silver, crystal and glassware, costume jewelry, Carnival Glass, Belleek Irish porcelain, collectibles and furniture. Why do you need an appraisal? The purpose of an appraisal may be for obtaining insurance, probate of an estate, equitable division of an estate or divorce, or a damage claim. I also give lectures on several different topics to antique clubs, provide consultations in person, by phone and through email. No my service is not free! But I will also advise you if I believe it is in your best interest to do research on your own if you just want an idea of what something is worth rather than pay for an appraisal.

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