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Online Auction Websites

You can search the finished auctions on these sites to see what items sold for. This will give you an idea of what your antique or collectible could be worth.

Sotheby's - This is the Sotheby's website but you can also search some of their finished auctions

AntiqueCast - This website searches ebay finished auctions

Doyle New York - This New York auction house lists prices realized at its live auctions. Click on "Sales Results" to access the search engine for past auctions. Lists furniture, fine jewelry and other types of antiques.

Antiques and Collectibles Books and Written Material

Your local library is still a wealth of information. They have many price guides and other information books on a variety of antiques and collectibles such as: American Dinnerware, European Porcelain, Stickley Furniture, Dolls, Pottery, Porcelain and China Marks and much more. There are also books specific to a particular manufacturer or potter.

If your local library doesn't have what you are looking for and you have a large chain bookstore near you they too have numerous books that you can browse through.

It is really a pleasure to sit in a nice quiet library reading and learning about your favorite subject.



Antiques & Collectibles Price Guides

These that I have listed are the ones that I use, and are the source of most of the information on our website. I'm sure that there are many more out there.

  • Warmans
  • Flea Market Trader
  • Shroeders
  • Kovels - Price Guides and Marks Books
  • Garage Sale and Flea Market Annual
  • Any Doll Price Guide by Pat Smith
  • Compo Dolls 1928 - 1955 Id & Price Guide by Polly and Pam Judd
  • Collector's Encyclopedia of American Dinnerware by Jo Cunningham
  • Dinnerware of the 20th Century by Harry Rinker
  • Antique Trader - Has monthly subscription publications, price guides and many other very informative resources
  • A Pictorial Guide to Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Chad Lage
  • American Kitchen and Dinnerwares by Lois Lerner

Antiques & Collectibles Magazines and Periodic Publications;

  • Antique Trader's Collector (Magazine & Price Guide)
  • Antiques Roadshow Insider
  • Discover Mid-America (they have them for each area)
  • Doll Reader
  • Arts & Antiques
  • Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
  • Collectibles

Marks, History and Identification Books

  • *The Best* - Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay by Lois Lehner
  • Marks on German, Bohemian and Australian Porcelain 1710 to Present by Robert E. Rontgen
  • The Dictionary of American Pottery Marks - Whiteware and Porcelain by C. Gerald DeBolt
  •  Kovels Dictionary of Marks/ Pottery and Porcelain
  •  Costume Jewelry by Tracy Tolkien
  • Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Continental and European Porcelain, Pottery and China by Haggar
  • Depression Glass by Florence
  • Early American Pressed Glass Ruth Webb Lee
  • I have several glass books by Ruth Webb Lee
  • American Brillian Cut Glass by Boggess
  • The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain by Mary Gaston

As I stated, there are numerous price guides and other books out there just waiting for you to thumb through the pages. You can get price guides that are very specific to a dinnerware manufacturer, paperweights, ink wells, vintage clothes ... on and on.

Personally, I use price guides as a guideline only. I have found that they are usually pretty steep price wise but it gives you a fair ballpark price on your item.

I also purchase old price guides and antique magazines to refer to. They often identify older dinnerware and glassware patterns that aren't found in newer books. Look through old magazines and catalogs as well this is a wonderful way to become familiar with items from different decades.

If you are in the market for good resource and reference books or price guides for antiques and collectibles here are two very good sources for your purchase -

New and used books on Amazon for antiques and collectibles

Alibris - Books You Thought You'd Never Find 

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Granny has over 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field. 

Despite the below I would not change a minute of my life

- Receives over 150 emails a week asking for free appriasal information or to REPEAT information already given on this website concerning marks, where to sell antiques and collectibles or how to find information

- 5 hours a week spent researching antiques I'm selling in the shop

- 10 hours a week spent shopping for new items to sell in shop

- 30+ hours a week spent adding new inventory to antique shop or preparing items to add to shop

- library of books related to antiques and collectibles worth thousands of dollars

- 6 subscriptions to antiques and collectibles publications that cost from $20 - $45 a year each

- Full-time parent of a 18 year old, wife, mother, daughter and granny

Please take a few moments to look through the information I have provided on my website and if you follow what I have put out here for you I am confident that you can find the answers that you are looking for.

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Local Appraisal Services

Most cities have antique appraisers. I would ask the owner of my favorite antique shop to recommend someone but you can always look in the Yellow Pages of the phone book. Call several people and compare prices if you can't get a referral from someone.

Be sure and get your appraisal in writing and get them to give you the insurance replacement cost as well as the value of the item, the insurance replacement cost is much higher than what the item will sell for on the open market.

If you are getting the appraisal in order to sell the item be sure that you make that fact clear to the appraiser in the beginning.

Your insurance replacement cost will probably be much higher than what your item is worth on the secondary antique market. If you are wanting to find the approximate value of an item to resell it then you need to do some research. An appraisal may not be the right thing for you. Unless your item is very rare or an exquisite piece, antique appraisals are not accurate for resale purposes.

Here is a place you can call to find a certified appraiser in your area or inquire at a reputable antique shop in your area.


American Society of Appraisers [800-ASA-VALUE]
http://www.appraisers.org/findappraiser/

**VERY IMPORTANT**

An honest appraiser will not offer to purchase your item before or after doing the appraisal, this goes against their code of ethics. Be wary if your appraiser makes you an offer to purchase.
 

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