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Great posting about an interesting subject.  When watching Antiques Roadshow over the years, it never ceases to amaze me the value of some items.  Sadly enough, my mother started getting rid of 'stuff' in the 1970's.  This is common in families when things wear out, or go out of style or whatever.  Seeing items that my mother gave to Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul that now have significant value makes me cringe.  In the 1980's, I told her to speak to me before getting rid of anything that might have value.  Somehow some of my toys survived, my Lionel and American Flyer train sets, some of my Matchbox toys and a few others.  I hit the jackpot, the Lionel and American Flyer trains are from the late 1950's, and still work. as well as the Matchbox toys.  Bottom line; before getting rid of ANYTHING, get it checked out.  It might be worthless or have some value!  Who doesn't have a garage or attic full of stuff accumulated over time, you never know?

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So, how do I go about finding out if my "treasures" are worth something?

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You sound as though you had put much work into finding values for your items.  I appreciate you sharing with me!  I will be doing research on this and let you know how it goes.  Thanks again...Sher

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Very good idea Dave...I will act on it soon.  Let's keep in touch and I will let you know if I learn of anything to benefit others too!

 

Sher

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Sherri
As for the Hummel items your library should have books about the Hummel's values. These are a good estimate. If any of them say Germany on the bottom tha they were made Pre-WWII and should be fairly valuable. Some of the others items you can check at a good antique shops and get an idea.

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Regarding the Hummel figuries.  When our mother died severl years ago, whiel my brother and I went through the house to clear out the accumulation the family had built up over 50 years in the same house, we discovered she had quite a few Hummels and these were from the late 1950' to the mid 1960's.  We thought these'd be somewhat valuable but research on line and at antique shops, we found out most of them were realtively common and not worth a lot of money.  We ended up posting them on Craig's List and sold them to a collector who responded to our posting.  I got the average value by checking E-Bay and got average prices these might be worth.  It never hurts to check the vaklue of whatever you've got as there are people who collect some of the most unusual stuff. Better knowledgeable than sorry.  With extremely valuable items, jewellery, art, antiques, it never hurts to go to the 'free appraisal' day many auction houses have peroidically to uncover valuable items so you get an idea of what you've got.  This is a double whammy: the auction house gets items for upcoming auctions and the owner gets a reliable way to get rid of things they've contemplated selling.  An auction, even with the 'auctioneers fee' is usually a safe and reliable way to get rid of things like this.  With on line postings, having strangers come to your hme is risky and a hassle.  This coming from experience!

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Thank you very much for the information about the auctions and web sites.   I will be doing research using the tools you gave me.  Much appreciated!!!

 

Sherri

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@s873579h

 

For valuations of antiques, google Kovel's or go to a library and pick up a Kovels Guide to Antiques.

 

if you have a mart phone you could download an app called Tapatalk also works on PC's and subscribe it free to one of many antique forums.

 

For an approximate value of your items. Your Hummel will generally have information as to when they were made on the bottom.

 

Pictures always help with pricing objects if widely separated from appraiser in distance.

 

Auctions aren't always what they might seem, been reamed a couple of times. Sometimes local antique dealers are better than auction houses.

 

For extremely valuable items, like some guns, paintings, furniture, etc. Skinners can be found with a google search, believe they're nationwide and HQ in Boston.

 

Froze

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I found a $100 bill on the street walking my dog once.

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Recently we sold a home for a parent.  The home was built in 1820 and was used during the times when the "Underground RR"was active.  There were so many interesting old items in a crawl space, basement, and above the garage.  Items included pictures, Hummel figurines, old farm implements,ect.

 

How do I find out the value of these items?  I would like to either have them valued or find an auctioneer.  Ideas???

 

Sherri

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