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Appraisal Stories Revealed

Appraisal Stories Revealed
Follow Dr. Lori as she shares behind-the-scenes stories of families fighting, Amish art collectors, and FBI agents during her in home antiques appraisal visits. Discover what a ceramic cow creamer is worth to two sisters.

Antiques Market Myths

Antiques Market Myths
Read three common myths about today's antiques market and why they are not true as they relate to the internet, young people and the condition of your antiques. Understand these tips and it will help you sell your items.

Tips to Sell your Antiques

Tips to Sell your Antiques

Three easy ways to help sell your antiques for their retail value. Understand how to avoid the pitfalls and you'll end up getting more money for your antique and collectibles.


Negotiate when Antiques Shopping

Negotiate when Antiques Shopping
Follow these simple tips when shopping for antiques to get a bargain at antiques shops and flea markets. Everybody should negotiate regardless of the antique and here is how to do it.

Real Story about Estate Sales

Real Story about Estate Sales

Understand the pitfalls of hosting and buying antiques at Estate Sales. Are you really getting what is advertised? Are they a safe way to make money when downsizing or settling an estate? Dr. Lori reveals three little known facts that will surprise you.


Avoid Foolish Tests on Antiques

Avoid Foolish Tests on Antiques

Don’t try these tests! Tips to avoid three common tests which claim to help you determine the type of antique you have, but will only cause you trouble. Acid, scratching, and matches should not be used since they will damage a valuable antique causing you to lose a lot of money. Plus, you could be hurt in the process.


Myths about Paintings and Value

Myths about Paintings and Value
Don’t fall for these tricks and traps when buying paintings at an art gallery or flea market, when selling paintings from your family’s estate or when doing research on a painting. Myths are dispelled about the value of paintings when an artist dies, when artists are self-taught, and if paintings are not signed.

Apple Wristwatch hurts Vintage Market

Apple Wristwatch hurts Vintage Market

Values and resale markets for vintage wrist watches will be hurt with the introduction of the new Apple Watch. Understand why and how to take advantage of the current markets to sell your wrist watches.


Don't Sell these Collectibles Now

Don't Sell these Collectibles Now
Antiques markets fluctuate just like the real estate and stock markets. Avoid selling these three categories of antiques now. Wait until the markets return so you can get top dollar when you sell.

Antiques Show Stories

Antiques Show Stories

Discover valuable finds and their real life stories. A waiter receives a Native American necklace for a tip, sisters don't pick the valuable Ugly Vase, and a young shopper competes with her sibling over a cell phone. All discovered by Dr. Lori at her antique appraisal shows


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3 Ways to Find Valuable Antiques

3 Ways to Find Valuable Antiques

Want to know how to spot that valuable thrift store find? Don't know what to look for when cleaning out Grandma's attic or when you are downsizing? It's a common question and Dr. Lori provides secrets to spot those prints, posters, silver and ceramics that are valuable. Don't rely only on marks or signatures. They could fool you. You must read this article so you aren't throwing away a valuable or walking past it at a thrift store.

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