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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


Three Don'ts when Selling Antiques

Three Don'ts when Selling Antiques
Learn insider tips to help you avoid three common mistakes when selling your antiques. Don't become a victim and lose money when selling. Follow these guidelines to sell your antiques for top dollar.

Stolen Paul Gauguin painting hangs in Kitchen

Stolen Paul Gauguin painting hangs in Kitchen
Dr. Lori reveals unreported secrets, insider tips, and realistic values for the stolen Paul Gauguin painting found in an autoworker's kitchen. Find your own Paul Gauguin painting by understanding what to really look for in his works. Plus, learn the value of the 'other' painting that was found with the Gauguin, by Pierre Bonnard. This autoworker got two masterpieces all for about $100.

Values: Auction, Insurance, Retail

Values: Auction, Insurance, Retail
Tips explaining what these different values mean in the world of antiques. Understand which values are high, which are low and why. Dr. Lori outlines why it is best to buy at auction and sell at retail.

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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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