Art & Antiques | Household items may have value

March 16, 2014 

Wooden chairs can be worth more than you’d expect.

LORI VERDERAME — Photo provided

Most families who are downsizing, cleaning out estates or trying to deal with the objects collected by relatives over a lifetime do not know the real value of their stuff on the market. I do.

I have compiled this top 10 list of the objects that are more valuable than you think. Don’t overlook these items because I have seen them change people’s lives.

Don’t let these objects go without realizing the much-needed money that they could bring to your family.

Most people know that vintage toys are valuable, but did you know that computer parts can bring home the cash too?

Don’t rely on an appraisal that only focuses on one thing — specialty appraisals — because no one collects only one type of thing. Don’t let anything go without an in-home appraisal that covers everything.

• Costume and fine jewelry

Most people think that only the real bling is worth money, but costume jewelry pieces command high prices, too.

•  Shoes and handbags

Vintage names such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade are bringing big bucks with collectors, particularly young women.

•  Wooden chairs

Solid-wood construction retains value in rocking chairs, painted chairs, Windsor chairs, and kitchen chairs of maple, oak, and cherry.

•  Precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, etc.)

Any item or pieces of items made of precious metals hold their value and always will.

•  Artwork

Just because you can’t identify it, don’t know who the artist is or don’t like the piece doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. Don’t overlook sculpture, paintings or works on paper.

•  Boxes (yes, boxes!)

Wooden boxes of all types with and without locking mechanisms, souvenir boxes, tea boxes, cigar boxes, jewelry boxes, knife boxes and the list goes on. If you can put something in it, somebody wants to give you money for it.

Lori Verderame hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Watch “Dr. Lori” on the Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings,” or visit, www. or @DrLori on Twitter.

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