I was dusting my shelves in our guest bedroom the other day and came across my ever-so-small collection of Nancy Drew books. I only have 6 of them now, and only one is my own (purchased for $1.39 many years ago). Twenty years after my Mom made good on her promise of selling them in a garage sale if I did not take them home … Continue reading Collecting Childhood Nostalgia – Nancy Drew Books
One of the questions I always ask when I go do a general estate appraisal is whether the client might want me to look at any jewelry. Quite often the answer is, “I doubt there’s any value – after all, it’s only costume jewelry”. Many people believe that because a piece of jewelry is not made of precious metals or have expensive stones that it … Continue reading Any Sherman in that Jewelry Box?
I received an email from a reader this week about crystal. Here it is: “I have a few pieces of crystal that my grandma bought in the forties in New York City. I was wondering if there are any kind of There are few antiques that, if well maintained, can look as beautiful as the day they were made – crystal is one of them. … Continue reading Antique Crystal: Collectible or not?
One of the recurring questions I have had over the years is “Do old newspapers have any value? The paper usually features a significant event in world history or a catastrophe. My answer to these people is always the same: “Not as much as you might think”. Several times I could tell that the people did not believe me. After all, they had a paper … Continue reading What’s it Worth- Old Newspapers
Over the years I have spoken to clients who own teak furniture and often I get asked about how to care for the furniture. This came to the forefront again after my email from the reader who was asking about her Arne Vodder furniture. Most of the information on line is for cleaning outdoor teak furniture. The information provided by those sites is very different … Continue reading How to take care of Teak Indoor Furniture