I have been in the business of buying and selling antiques and collectibles for several decades, and in fact turned my passion into my vocation in the late 90s when my husband and I started our own estate sale company and also owned an antique shop in a Chicago suburb.
I chose to obtain my ISA accreditation because I believe in the consistency and high ethical standards that a client should expect from someone who has successfully completed the rigorous educational and testing requirements needed to obtain their credentials.
There are so many factors that go into properly appraising an item, including (but not limited to) accurate identification, correct condition assessment, provenance, current market behavior, and the appropriate valuation to suit the appraisal's purpose.
As such, it has always been necessary to keep my finger on the pulse of the marketplace, understanding where the true valuations lie on the large variety of items I deal with. The antique, vintage, and decorative collectibles marketplace can change almost overnight. It's incredibly important that the appraiser you choose knows what the market is right now. This is not Grandma's marketplace anymore!
The realities of the internet are both a blessing and a curse to the antique, vintage and collectibles markets, and the realities of how items are valued has changed dramatically. In addition, because there is no oversight to what is published on-line, there is a plethora of inaccurate or patently false information that now echoes throughout the antique and collectibles industry. Because I am checking sales histories and researching a broad assortment of items daily, I am particularly in-tune with the nuances of what is being published regarding both item identification and item valuations.
I take a great deal of pride in doing thorough research that creates an accurate snapshot of the market for the items I appraise, whether it be for insurance purposes, to establish fair-market value when a client is looking to sell or donate an item, or when establishing values for equitable distribution or estate settlements.
It would be my privilege to work with you to discuss your appraisal needs and how I can best be of service to you.