What questions do YOU have on this Antiques and Art Subject? Probably you want to know it’s worth, something about it, where was it made, when, hand made or machine made, any markings, reproduction – is it brand new?
These are all huge questions.
There is so much ‘stuff’ out there in the market place. Downsizing everywhere. Garage Sales everywhere. Thrift Stores everywhere. Antiques Shops almost everywhere. The TV Antiques Road Shows on all the time – years old with updated prices > the recent shows. It is all quite daunting!
Where does one start?? The book stores no longer carry much on antiques generally. The libraries – well – that’s another story. Always an Annual Millers 20..?. to be bought, and yes, they are very handy. Our collection of Annual Millers go back to 1988 along with other similar annual reference books.
Have you spent time on Kijiji, Castanet, ebay cruising through stuff? Have you spent time cruising carefully through the thrift stores, antiques stores, antiques shows looking, examining stuff, asking questions, looking for cracks, little chips, signs of age – yes – is it actually old?, comparing what is on the internet for sale, what is being reproduced? Have you paid the extra dollars for what price something actually sold for on the internet? If it did not sell – too bad, you don’t get any price but you were charged for the privilege of finding that out! And where in the world did it sell? Comparing your area’s local prices for sale, makes a difference. If you are in rural countryside, downtown big city, east and west coast of North America – all makes a huge difference. A local artist who has not well marketed themselves beyond local area/gallery – a big difference when finding out what price artist’s work sold for. Selling prices are not recorded from little gallery/auction/fund raising scenarios anywhere. Certain big auctions are – those selling prices are known worldwide! Which auctions are these? Where do I find them? How much?
The questions continue.
“How can I sell my stuff. Mine is great! I paid good money for it all in well established venues! I want what I paid for it! Why not? Since I bought mine awhile ago, prices have generally risen everywhere!!!!
“I have read all the stuff over the years – “buy old – you will make a profit when selling!” Collector Plates – guarantees to buy back – any time! Remember those phrases! You kept the boxes in fine shape – no mice around – kept everything safe and clean – in boxes, in plastic bags under the beds.”
Have you ever said anything similar to the above recently.
Over the years you have created a business/life style/job = income. This is what you have spent your energies on. Raising your family, hobbies, volunteering here and there, working in your chosen career – the works. Everyone has – that is how life works in this part of the world!
Peter and Marian Blundell – yes, they too have done the same, however, for them their chosen business did revolve around the whole of antiques and fine art and today, this is still what they specialize in. Both are fully accredited Fine Art and Antiques Appraisers.
But you cannot do everything. And neither have the Blundells. The Blundells do not appraise jewellery, coins, stamps, guns (but swords are OK), wrist watches (but pocket watches are good), militaria, items over 400 years old (they need proper laboratory research to prove the age, the rocks, etc.)
At anytime feel free to email/phone them with any questions, fees-for-service, what actually do you get in a written appraisal for insurance, downsizing, probate, divorce, other legal issues, and of course, how long does it take. Appraisals cannot be done over the internet – they must be seen in ‘real life’. An appraiser can never properly appraise without actually seeing, touching, smelling the item when it comes to antiques. All these pretty pictures on the web page all were taken by Marian at public road shows.
Ask questions. There may be a day or two before you receive a reply – they will find you! Marian and Peter Blundell