Researching antiques and collectibles so you can determine their value often means utilizing a variety of resources to get the best result. Starting here on the About Antique site, there are many different places to begin whether you need general information on how to find values or more specific resources that will help you drill down to find the exact items you own.
If you're new to the field, it's often best to start with some general guidance on how to best accomplish valuation research.
These suggestions include tools you can utilize both on- and offline along with some rules to follow to make sure you don't overlook anything important.
As you hone your skills and learn more and more about antiques, you'll find yourself bookmarking sites online and going to your favorite books in your library again and again. Don't discount making contact with other collectors as well. Online groups and clubs that connect you with others who have vast knowledge can be a tremendous resource in addition to the following suggestions.
Value-It-Yourself Tips & Resources
You don't have to be an expert on antiques and collectibles to research and value the items you own. With these tips and resources you can learn to do it yourself:
- How Do I Find Values for my Antiques & Collectibles?
- How to Conduct a Completed Item Search on eBay
- Rules for Valuing Antiques Like an Appraiser
- Valuing Antiques: Concerns About Condition
- Resources Used By Appraisers
Online Price Guides
From About.com and other points online, there is an abundance of information on valuing and prices for antiques and collectibles available. Here are a number located on the About Antique site showing color photos with pricing information whether sold at auction or through other venues:
- Celebrity Memorabilia
- Coca-Cola Collectibles
- Folk Art
- Holiday Collectibles
- Hubley Cast Iron
- Pottery and Porcelain
- Sterling and Silver Plate
- Online Price Guides - Elsewhere on the Web
Online Appraisals - Information & Resources
While some antique experts are adamantly against online appraisals, others prefer to see them as one of many tools available to help you identify and value your antiques and collectibles. Take a look at these articles to decide if utilizing online appraisals is the right move for you:
- Online Appraisal Pros & Cons
- When to Hire a Professional Appraiser
- Online Appraisal Services
Information on Valuing Specific Types of Collectibles
Use these articles to help you evaluate and value a number of specific types of antiques and collectibles:
- Beer Bottles - How Much are They Worth?
- Bottles - Valuing Old Bottles
- Glass Insulators - Are They Worth Anything?
- Wristwatches - Evaluating and Valuing
Articles with Price Points
These articles not only offer pertinent information and tips for collecting a wide variety of interesting items but provide select values for the topics listed as well:
- Board Games
- Boy Scout Mechanical Bank
- Cat Collectibles
- Christmas Books
- Fenton Art Glass
- Hubley Cast Iron Collectibles
- Michael Jackson Memorabilia
- Movie Memorabilia
- R.S. Prussia Values
- Sheet Music
- Teddy Bears
Books with Price Guides:
Building a good reference library goes hand in hand with identifying and valuing antiques and collectibles. Take a look at these suggestions for reference book ideas that may be right for you: