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Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2019
Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2019 Price Guide

Filled with expert advice, market and collecting trends, historical information, values and approximately 4,000 color photographs, Antique Trader provides a clear and respected perspective on an incredibly diverse and always fascinating field.

Because the market is ever changing, the book is completely revised each year, filled with new and expanded collecting areas of interest.

Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide
Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2019-2020

Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide remains the essential and trusted guide to the antiques market. Completely revised and updated, this guide is the book no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without.

The antiques are shown in full color with detailed descriptions and a current price range.

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Research the value of your antiques and collectibles at Worth Point
So, you think you may have something valuable. Fun.

Trying to find out how much it's worth? I've visited many different antiques, collecting and appraisal websites, and I've tried to provide you with links for some of the best and easiest places to start your research.

Although I'm not an antiques dealer or appraiser myself, I have learned a few things from working with them over the years.

Don't just ask an antiques dealer, "What's this worth?" The standard reply is, "How much do you want for it?" Many people have spent years acquiring knowledge, and passing out free advice is not always good business. Buying low and selling high is how they make their living.

Quality is very important. Just because something is old doesn't necessarily make it valuable. The better its condition, the more it's worth. No matter what information you find regarding the value of your antique or collectible, it's only worth as much as someone is willing to pay you for it! Just because a price guide says your antique doorknob is worth $100, if no one will give you that much, then it's not. Sorry.

Search for antique values with these search tips.
Have you tried searching for your item's value with Google?  Have any luck?  I recently wrote an article titled, "How to Search Better." It provides several suggestions for getting better search results.

You can narrow down your results by setting up a custom search for a specific website, or several. For example, to search for door knobs only on eBay, simply type door knobs in a search box. These custom searches may help you find the info you need.

Search 3 online marketplaces: eBay, Amazon and Bonanza.

Search for values at online auction websites


Search 3 online antique malls: The Internet Antique Shop, Rubylane and GoAntiques. Search online antique stores for values


This box will enable you to search 3 auction houses: Sotheby's, Christies and Heritage Auctions.


This box searches 3 magazine websites: Art & Antiques, AntiqueTrader and Antiqueweek. Search magazines about antiques for values

Research the value of your treasures at Worthpoint

WorthPoint is a huge resource for identifying, researching and valuing antiques, art and vintage collectibles. A good place to start is the Antiques & Collectibles Digital Library. It let's you search through 100's of price guides, articles and classified ads.

WorthPoint’s price guide gives you access to more than 300 million historical prices and photographs. Their data is collected from both online marketplaces, including eBay, and from some of the leading auction houses in the country. They've even developed a visual search service for marks, autographs, patterns, and symbols.

You can try it for free. Use it for 7 days or for 7 price lookups.

Get an antique appraisal from Value My Stuff
Since September 2009, Value My Stuff has provided online appraisals to over 375,000 customers across the globe. Their strategy is simple: make the valuation process as easy as possible, offer the best possible expertise, and produce a written appraisal certificate all within 48 hours.

Once you upload photographs and details of your item, Value My Stuff experts will email you a PDF report and online certificate detailing your item's history and value within 48 hours or less. They have some of the world’s foremost experts on hand to give precise valuations for everything from pop memorabilia and militaria to contemporary art and toys.

How much? 
$20.00 for 1 appraisal. $45.00 for 3 appraisals. $120.00 for 10 appraisals.

Be an Informed Seller
You want to make the most of what you have.  You don't want to waste your money by listing your item too high, and you really don't want to just give it away to some clever picker. If you have what you think is a potentially valuable antique, eventually you're going to have to have it appraised.

Find the value of your art, antiques and unique items at Mearto.
Wondering what your old Chinese vase is worth? Is the story you tell about your collection in touch with reality, and is it properly insured? Whether you need to buy, sell, insure or brag about your valuable items, you need to answer one simple question first - what is it worth?

Mearto is on a mission to help you find the value of your art, antiques and unique items.

They provide online valuations in many different categories including; antiques, art, jewelry, watches and collectibles. mearto will give you the answers to your questions within 48 hours for only $15 (USD). Learn more about their appraisal services here.

Barneby's offers free antique appraisals is a search engine for art and antiques. Barnebys manage all auctions to be more available by gathering them in one place. They report realized prices from sold auction lots so you can compare similar objects with each other. If you want a more detailed estimation on your lots Barnebys offers you to submit an item for free online appraisal in four easy steps.

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search their appraiser approved database of actual prices for more than 750,000 antiques and collectibles!

Kovels Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide
The Kovel's have compiled a unique list of more than a million prices for antiques and collectibles sold worldwide. This online price guide has been designed to provide relevant prices in a wide variety of categories. Each entry gives a description, price and year of sale. The search function makes it easy. Registration is free.

Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2019
With 16,000 actual prices and 2,500 full color photographs, this year's guide features exceptionally well-organized, wide-ranging, up-to-the-minute information, including more tips, marks, logos, and photographs than any other competitive title. Kovels' is the only guide with prices based on actual sales from the previous calendar year, never estimates.

This edition includes a special section,"What's Hot and What's Not in Antiques & Collectibles."

Search Abe Books for your book's value

Do you have an old book and would like know its value? The best way to find the approximate value of a book is to search for similar copies on AbeBooks and see what prices are being asked. Here is their Finding the Value of Old Books search page. is an online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, and they have millions of secondhand and rare books listed for sale by booksellers around the world.

Find out what it is worth in the Country Living appraisal column.
Country Living's "What Is It? What Is It Worth?" appraisal column is a favorite among readers. Let the experts from the leading auction houses in the country determine the value of your favorite collectible or prized family heirloom for free.

Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2019
Presented with the style and substance you've come to expect, Warman's showcases the traditional to the eclectic, the emerging to the traditional, and the prized to the playful. You'll enjoy expert insight, thousands of beautiful images, values, perspective, history and incomparable content from leading auction houses, collectors and shops from across the country.

Much more than a mere price guide, Warman's offers true value to the things you love.

Can you tell me what it's worth?
Can You Tell Me What this is Really Worth? (What can I sell it for?)
Here is a good article from Liz Holderman, a Worthologist and appraiser who specializes in books and collectibles. She explains,"a single treasure is actually worth a variety of different values."
Prices 4 Antiques is a searchable database which provides past auction prices for antiques, collectibles and fine art.
Prices 4 Antiques is a searchable database which provides past auction prices for antiques, collectibles and fine art.
Search the Antiques Roadshow Archive of appraisals
You might try exploring the Antiques Roadshow website. You can search their appraisal archive to see if they have featured your treasures.
Antiques and Collectables appraisals by Bath Antiques Online
Bath Antiques offers extremely reliable, highly accurate and completely impartial antique appraisals. They also have a free searchable antiques price guide with 1000's of rare antiques and novelty collector's items - each pictured, described and with their price guide.
Amati Instruments provide free valuations and appraisals for musical instruments, specifically violins, violas, cellos and bows
If you want to know how much your violin is worth, Amati Instruments provides free valuations and appraisals for musical instruments.  They specialize in violins, violas, cellos and bows.

With over 15 years in the business and having run the musical instrument department at Christie’s, Amati is at the forefront of violin appraisals and auctions.
Research your coins at USA Coin Book
USA Coin Book is a massive resource for US coins with over 10,000 members. Anyone can look up coin prices and values, based on coin condition, for every US coin year, mint and major variety ever made, in a clean "Red Book" format. Each coin has it's own page with example images and pictures to diagnose specific major coin varieties. In addition, USA Coin Book is an alternative to eBay where members can buy, sell and auction coins and related items - with items for sale integrated into the price charts.

Everything is free to use and it's free to sign up.