Stories by Amelia Jeffers

Healthy dose of skepticism key when dealing with antiques and collectibles

Thursday, October 14, 2010

At Garth’s, our appraisers and auctioneers accept more than 12,000 objects per year for auction; and turn away twice that many. So, considering we only find one out of every three items marketable, it’s easy to become jaded in my line of work. No, not me — I still perk up when the phone rings […]

How to tell trash from treasure based on condition

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Whether you are building a collection, helping an elderly relative with downsizing, or simply love to troll thrift shops and antique malls for a hidden treasure, you have probably wondered how appraisers establish value for antiques, art and collectibles. Most people wander through these scenarios a bit haphazardly, hoping to find the proverbial needle in […]

How to tell your trash from treasure:

A primer on valuing antiques and collectibles

Thursday, September 9, 2010

For the occasional antiquer, the treasure-hunter in waiting or for those who have inherited family memorabilia and furnishings, determining the value of antiques, art and collectibles can be an evasive art. Books on the topic are either very specific to a particular category (or maker), or very general. Older family relatives often point to price […]

Antiques and collectibles: Which are trash and which are treasures?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

(Editor’s note: This week, we begin a bi-weekly column provided by Garth’s Auctions. It will cover a range of antiques and collectibles topics, starting with a series of articles on how you determine the value of an object.) The appraisers at Garth’s Auctions conduct more than 100 walk-in appraisal days throughout the year at museums […]

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About Amelia

Amelia Jeffers is president and auctioneer for internationally renowned Garth’s Auctions, of Delaware, Ohio. Garth’s Auctions sells more than 12,000 items each year and offers free evaluations of antiques and collectibles. Visit www.garths.com.