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Does the thought process appraisers use to value antiques and collectibles seem like Greek to you? That's totally understandable. It takes years of study to be able to tick those facts and figures off with ease. However, there are some basic rules you can follow to learn to value your own antiques like an appraisal expert. Read Valuing Antiques Like an Appraiser to see what I mean.


February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm
(1) Dorothy says:

You can do self-study in order to be able to learn how to appraise, but you can also take classes and courses on this as well. A lot of the Antiques Roadshow appraisers have studied or got their credentials at places like AAA or Asheford Institute Of Antiques (you can see their appraisal designations at the end of their names), so you know they took some kind of testing and coursework to get that.
So, I would think your best bet might be to try and find a course or program that teaches you about antiques and appraising – it should save you years off self-study and maybe help you avoid some mistakes along the way.
Nothing wrong with self-study, I’m just a big fan of education – especially if it saves you time and money in the long run!

February 3, 2012 at 11:52 am
(2) antiques says:

Hi Dorothy – Yes, you can take classes about antiques. That’s very true. I took one of the classes offered by the International Society of Appraisers myself. It’s good reinforcement for sure. But there’s nothing you will learn in a class that sticks with you like learning to do your own research. It’s like comparing book learning to on the job training. My journalism degree got me started, but actually writing for years and years makes all the difference. It’s like that with antiques too. And with all the resources available today, there’s no reason not to jump right in doing your own research if you’re an antiques enthusiast. Best, Pamela

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