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Three Tips about Diamonds

Three Tips about Diamonds

Are you buying or trying to value an antique diamond ring or piece of diamond jewelry? Sure, you know the 5C’s for diamonds, but what are they not telling you? Read the secrets about cut, carat weight, and color grades that affect the value and appraisals of diamonds.


3 Storage Tips for Antiques

3 Storage Tips for Antiques

Are you ruining your antiques, prints, and paintings by using bubble wrap the wrong way? Yes, there is a right way to use it along with correctly storing your framed artwork and displaying pieces in a curio cabinet so you don’t ruin and devalue your antiques.


Researching Tips: Works of Art

Researching Tips: Works of Art

Are you trying to research your painting, print, or sculpture and getting confused with terms used by scholars and museum professionals? You think your piece looks like what is found on the museum’s website, but they note the work as “attributed to” a particular artist? What does that mean? Find out what this term and others mean for the value of the work that you are researching or simply enjoying during a museum visit.


How to Date an Antique Portrait

How to Date an Antique Portrait

Does your family have an heirloom portrait painting that you are trying to identify and date? Did you buy a portrait painting at an auction or antique shop? See how to date the portrait and understand key tips for value. Read the common mistakes people make and how to avoid them.


3 Valuables in your House

3 Valuables in your House

Do you spend your time shopping at yard sales and auctions trying to find that valuable antique? Have you looked in your home or grandma's attic or basement first? Valuables like duck decoys, Belleek, and pottery are right in your house. Discover three valuables and antiques found in homes just like yours, grandma's and even grandfather's. Did you miss these in your house?


3 Guidelines to Selling Antiques

3 Guidelines to Selling Antiques

Trying to sell your antiques or get them appraised, valued and identified? Don't get ripped off. Read these three tips that involve your address, friends, and busy schedule that will help you avoid getting taken. You need to make money, not lose it.


Three Finds at Yard Sales

Three Finds at Yard Sales

Are you a yard sale shopper, trying to find that valuable antique, book or painting? Well, read three true stories of yard sale finds that were discovered by Dr. Lori at her popular antiques appraisal events. See what antiques and collectibles to look for so you don’t miss a 10,000 dollar book among other valuables.


How to Shop for Vintage Furniture

How to Shop for Vintage Furniture

Are you shopping to redesign and furnish that room with vintage furniture? Planning a DIY project with your purchase to fit with your new design? Find out how to get better deals, what to look for and what to avoid. Simple tips.


3 Tips to Set Selling Prices

3 Tips to Set Selling Prices

How do you set your prices when selling antiques? Do you price it high or low? Which is better? Should you or the buyer set the price? Should you listen to your neighbors or rumors about the value of your blanket chest or wall clock? Understand my tips and get top dollar.


3 Repairing Tips for Antiques

3 Repairing Tips for Antiques

Thinking of repairing your damaged Staffordshire pottery piece or restoring the Currier & Ives print you bought at an antiques shop? Before you do it, you want to read these three tips to protect both you and your antique or work of art’s value. See what questions to ask and how to proceed.


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Get Bargains Antiques Shopping

Get Bargains Antiques Shopping

Do you get the best prices when antiques and thrift store shopping? Do you pay too much because you unknowingly reveal secrets to the seller so they end up not reducing the price for you? Read three tips from Dr. Lori to help get the best steals when antiques shopping. It's fun to shop, but even more fun when you get a bargain. Find out how.

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