Antique Appraisals

What if you could find out how much your things are worth quickly and easily?

Antique Appraisal Services I Offer You Include:

  • VERBAL IN PERSON Appraisals – at whatever location you choose within Edmonton, St. Albert or Sherwood Park, Alberta. I follow all COVID 19 protocols such as wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and social distancing.

  • ONLINE Appraisals – Due to Covid 19 this option has become very popular as it is not necessary for me to be available in person. After discussing the purpose of your appraisal (by phone or email) I will advise you on the types of pictures to send me. After careful examination of the images I will confirm whether the pieces you have can be considered for an online appraisal. After doing the research necessary (and based on my experience in the local market) we will make an appointment to speak on the phone to review the appraisal.
  • Expert written appraisals (where required) for insurance purposes, divorce settlements, donations and bequests, and estate settlement.

Occasionally, when the number of items for dispersal is significant, at the client’s request, I can organize a private sale in the privacy and comfort of your own home. I have organized sales in condos, private homes, storage facilities, and even back yards. My experience in displaying antiques and marketing them ensures success. This option only works if there is both depth and breadth of objects in the estate.

Set up for a private sale

Set up for a private sale in a condo for one of my clients

In 1994 I opened an antique store in Edmonton called “From Times Past.” Since its closure in 2007  I’ve continued to be involved by appraising teacups  to teak furniture (and everything in between). I taught History of Art, History of Furniture, and other design-related courses for the University of Alberta’s certificate programs for 14 years. I have  spoken throughout the province of Alberta on topics ranging from antiques, heritage preservation and art.

I am a certified member of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisals Group ( so you can rest assured that any written or verbal appraisals you require are done in a professional manner.

Johanne Yakula


“Do You Want To Or Need To Know How Much Your Things Are Worth?”

Depending on your individual situation you will likely relate one of the following scenarios… or at least that’s what my many years of experience in doing antique appraisals in Edmonton has taught me.

What’s Your Situation?

1. You or someone in your family is downsizing to a smaller place and you need to choose the pieces to take with you. Knowing what something is really worth will  help you make informed decisions instead of guessing what things are worth and regretting them later when you find out you made a big mistake.

2. You or someone in your family is moving to a seniors’ facility and everything, except the basics, needs to be sold. Dealers love these situations because they make the most money on complete estates. Why shouldn’t you get as much as you can for the things that have the greatest value? Make sure you’re not getting ripped off and get a professional appraisal before it’s too late. On the other hand, you’ll also want to know if there is little monetary value to an object – that way you can make decisions about their dispersal with a clear conscience.

Walnut secretary with cylinder desk

Walnut secretary with cylinder desk

3. You or someone in your family is the executor of an  estate and you want to be fair in giving beneficiaries equal shares.  Without knowing the value of items it’s easy for the beneficiaries to be upset with you if one of them inherited something worth $50 and another got something valued at $500.  This potentially ugly situation is easy to avoid with an unbiased appraisal.

4. You are tired of your collections and decide it’s time to de-clutter your life and space and sell… but you need help to price your pieces at a fair market value. Going from shop to shop trying to find out how much you can get is not only a waste of time, but if you don’t know who pays top dollar you could get far less than you deserve.

Decorative porcelains

Decorative porcelains – Are they valuable or not?

5. You or someone in your family has inherited several items from a relative and you want to know what the pieces are worth. Once you know then you can sell them for a fair price and make sure no one is taking advantage of you or at least rest easy knowing what you’ve really got.

6 You want to have a sale but don’t have the foggiest idea of how to charge for your antiques. It’s easy to end up pricing too high or too low. In either case you could end up with a lot of junk left over – even after all that work of setting up the sale.

7. You have a general idea of the value of your things but now you have to find motivated buyers – and you sure don’t find them by having a garage sale. What you need is someone who is willing to buy and pay a fair price for your pieces. Helping you identify who you might contact to sell your items is a standard part of my services.

Appraisals are charged on a per hour basis with a two hour minimum for your first appraisal. All other services like a private sale are either by the hour, by commission or a combination of both.

 There Are Different Kinds of Appraisals…
  • A fair market value appraisal will give you a good idea of what you might expect your items sell for in the current market. It is the most common appraisal.
  • seller’s appraisal will give you a wholesale price range for any items you might sell to a dealer, an auction house or other secondary buyer.
  • A replacement cost appraisal gives your insurance company an idea of what it would cost to replace the items in the case of damage or loss.
  • A forced sale or liquidation appraisal would give an idea of what you might get for an item if faced with this situation.

Call me now at 780 722 7494 to explore if taking advantage of my expertise makes sense for you or email me now by clicking on this link: I would like more information about your appraisal services.