Having an estate sale? Why you need a professional personal property appraisal.  

We charge a minimum fee of $375.00 ( $125.00 per hour) to come  to your home and provide an unbiased personal property appraisal. We can let you know the value of certain items that may sell much better using another venue, be it on line, or at the right auction house. 

We did an appraisal in NYC and the estate was going to sell all of the “costume ” jewelry to a dealer. We found upwards of $10,000 of just scrap value in that pile of “costume” jewelry.

Items such as Chinese & Continental porcelain, Mid Century furniture & accessories, paintings and jewelry are some of the categories that should be vetted before having an estate sale. 

On my days off, I attend estate sales conducted by professional estate sale companies. In one instance, I purchased a Chinese porcelain plate for $10.00. The plate was a blue and white plate with a dragon design. Chinese porcelain has skyrocketed in value since the 1980’s. Blue and white is one of the most desirable color schemes. The plate was signed with a six character Chinese blue under glaze seal. The plate was early 18th century. I won’t say what I sold this  plate for, but I will say that this estate’s belongings would have greatly benefited by a non biased professional appraiser. 

If you are having an estate sale or are just curious about the value of your inherited family items, please give us a call to set up an appointment. We are very experienced in many areas of the antique market and our appraisal rates are very competitive. Our appraisal website is http://www.appraisalsnj.net. You can also call us at 908-303-2632 to set up an appointment. 

The Pork Roll

 

This is an actual story, unfortunately.

My partner and I buy all sorts of antique items on a fairly regular basis. A few days ago, we got a call from a gentleman who had the power of attorney for his elderly ailing mother whom he had just put into a nursing home. The gentleman was trying to raise some funds for the long term care of his mother.  We arrived promptly and were greeted politely and appreciatively. We chose a variety of antique furniture and some brick a brac to purchase. We agreed on a price with this nice young man who had come up from North Carolina to handle his mother’s affairsHelping my partner move the marble commode he had purchased, the young man muttered “My sister isn’t going to like this” Not two minutes, without warning, I heard screaming and screeching like I have never heard before. It was like someone was fending off a wild attack dog. It was so loud the words were indiscernible. The pork roll, delicately wrapped between scrambled eggs, toast and a thin layer of tin foil, still steaming, I might add, became airborne. The pork landed in the dirt, while the rest of the parts landed on various parts of the sun baked car, the majority of it smearing the newly cleaned windshield.

The North Carolinian raised his voice at his younger sister and said “I have been telling you for months if you want anything that was Mom’s, you have to pay for it”. The man’s hysterical sister ran up the long hill to her home, which was located within sights distance of the estate. The sister’s husband was standing in their yard and yelled down to the North Carolinian, “Is it really worth it”. Now the hysterical younger sister chimed in again, screeching” I have as much of a right to Mom’s things as you do!”

Now the marble topped commode, the item in question had a full retail value of about $225.00. (This is on a good day) My question is, is it really worth destroying a lifetime relationship for a material object that is not only replaceable, but affordably replaceable?

People and relationships are what is important, not Granny’s marble top commode.

At Pricelessfind Estate Sales & Appraisals, we are qualified and able to write personal property appraisals for insurance, estate, charitable donation and divorce settlements. We are Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisals Practice compliant. We can assist in auction placement of more important and valuable items. Pricelessfind Estate Sales & Appraisals also conducts moving and estate sales which are conducted on site. We have assisted clients with internet selling, can arrange for total house clean-out, and have purchased entire estate contents outright. Please do not hesitate to give us a call.  On site visits are free of charge and informational. Alicia Soukup http://www.estatesalesnj.net 908-303-2632