March 02, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles
Sometimes, you’ll find yourself guessing the value of antiques, trying desperately to figure out what it’s worth.
Well, look no further! We’ve got a few tips on how you can appraise your antiques and collectibles realistically and accurately and feel more confident in pawning them for cash.
The worth is the identifying factor of an antique or collectible that values it, and therefore makes it sellable.
Finding it can be a slog at times and take patience, research and often expert input.
There are usually two simple ways to value your items.
Going online to find the worth of items is probably the simplest and more hassle-free approach.
Make sure that the website you go to is certified and equipped for this. A legit online appraiser will offer up expert valuations for you, based on photos and descriptions you upload to their site. Valuations should come back within the week.
Prices vary per site, but you can have something appraised for as little as $10. Naturally, charges climb if you have more than one item in need of an appraisal – but it’s normally less than $100 to have up to 10 items looked at by an expert eye.
If you’ve got a local antique dealer or store close to where you live, it’s always recommendable to take an item there in person for an appraisal.
The benefits of this, as opposed to online valuations, is the expert will be able to see the item for themselves and get a proper thorough look at it.
Again, ensure the appraiser is accredited and is not going to take advantage of the fact that you are a layman. By making certain this is the case, you’ll get the best and fair appraisal.
If the expert is indeed a professional, you’ll be provided with a written summary of the appraisal, along with an official description and how they estimated the value of the piece.
The catch in this situation is that you’re likely to pay more money for the valuation – usually a flat rate of an hourly fee. This could be anywhere from $100 to $400.
A good starting point to search for help is by visiting the website of the American Society of Appraisers. They boast in excess of 5,000 members worldwide and will be able to hone in on the ones nearest to you.
There’s also the Appraisers Association of America, with its 700 members, and the International Society of Appraisers. They have nearly 1000 members.
So you’ve found the worth of your item. What next?
Whether you’re looking to buy, pawn or sell items, we are here to help you every step of the way.
It’s simple: You submit your item’s details online for free and we compare offers using our generator, just for you. Next, we’ll send cash offers from local pawn shops to you.
Then, it’s all about getting you the cash. You simply need to take your item to the pawn shop with the best offer and get paid.
Just get in touch if you’d like to know more.
David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.More Articles