How to use the Internet to research the value of your antiques.
Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds
Antiques Roadshow has graced our screens for forty years and has become one of the nation’s most beloved television programs.
In this anniversary celebration, Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at the quintessential moments from the show’s illustrious history, providing a look at the history behind the very best and most intriguing objects that have appeared on the show.
Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2021-2022: The indispensable guide to what it's really worth
Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full color, each with a detailed description and price range, the book also shows you how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece.
Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2021-2022 is the only full-color, fully-illustrated collectables price guide in the world.
Trying to find out how much it's worth? That's not as much fun.
It's hard to find the information you want, and it's hard to know who to trust. I've visited hundreds of different antiques and collecting 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.
You can narrow down your results by setting up a custom search for a specific website. For example, to search for door knobs only on eBay, simply type site:www.ebay.com door knobs in a search box.
Google will also let me create a customizable search engine and search only the websites I select. This box will let you search the websites of Antique Trader, Antiques and Fine Arts, Maine Antique Digest, The Magazine Antiques and Antique Week.
WorthPoint is the largest resource for researching, valuing, and buying/selling antiques, art and vintage collectibles. Their suite of offerings includes:
- a price guide for researching and valuing antiques, art, and collectibles
- a resource gallery for identifying makers’ marks;
- a digital library of books on a wide range of collecting topics.
At WorthPoint, they empower the antiques and collectibles industry by providing a steady stream of new data and quality information to improve pricing transparency between sellers and buyers.
WorthPoint helps discover hidden wealth.
You can try it for free. Use it for 7 days for 7 price lookups.
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 pay someone to find out what it's worth.
The Kovel's have compiled a list of more than a million prices for antiques and collectibles sold worldwide. Each entry gives a description, price, and year of sale so the information can be used to price items today, track trends, or for tax and estate purposes.
Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2022
The 2022 Kovels'Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide is the most complete and best-illustrated price guide available - with 12,500 listings and more than 3,000 full-color photographs - from the most trusted name in the industry.
The book is organized by categories most sought-after by collectors, including depression glass, dolls, jewelry, furniture, porcelain, and sports memorabilia. Indexes, cross-references, and expert commentary throughout empower readers to collect with confidence and price their own antiques.
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.
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.
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.
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.