Appraising and the Antiques Roadshow

Antique ClockIn follow-up to one of my first posts What is the Difference between Antique, Vintage and Retro?:

Growing up watching the Antiques Roadshow I always admired the strict attention to detail placed on the objects when they were being appraised. The passion, history and hidden value of the items brought on the show – simply excited me.

According to Michael Flanigan, a Baltimore American furniture expert and regular face on AR the word “antique” generally refers to an older object valued because of its aesthetic or historical significance. Read more on his thoughts.

I like to check out the Antiques Roadshow Facebook Page from time to time to keep updated on some of the action and brush up on my antique knowledge. I look forward to the day when I can just look at anything and be able to share the full history behind it.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate the thoughts of one of the seasoned antique professionals today. The more I learn the more I want to one day become an appraiser myself.

I have started to check out different sites on the net that offer appraisal services such as valuemystuff.   It is definitely good to see what services are already out there for the population. Come back soon to hear more on How to Get a Stronger Eye for Antiques and prepare yourself to one day become an appraiser.

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
Ralph Waldo Emerson




Estate Sales, Auctions and Content Sales Mania

Antique ClockYou are driving down a street and see a vivid neon estate sale sign – you follow the arrow, continue to follow it and arrive [usually ten minutes later] to a house that is so busy you cannot find parking. This is the story of my life and something that has happened to me time and time again.

I must admit I am a little ill prepared in moments and don’t check for upcoming estate sales in advance. Partially because my Saturday morning ritual is somewhat jammed with garage sales and partly because I have not found any regular “go to” resources that advertise them (Estate Sales & Auctions) in an easy to read or “one stop shop” calendar view.

Over the years I have added these websites below to “my favorites” they outline some regular estate sale and auction events in the Ottawa, Ontario area. I thought I would save you some search time…

For Ontario wide auctions I look here: The Auction Fever or Auctions Ontario. I hope my list helps you out one weekend soon. Enjoy the events just don’t get there first…and steal all the good stuff.

“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping”
Bo Derek