Antiques: From Trash To Treasure
How to tell trash from treasure
We’ve learned that the most unlikely treasures can be found in attics, basements, and garages. If you are looking to clear out clutter, how can you determine which items are worth keeping and which should be tossed? It’s a hard thing to determine, especially if some of those things hold sentimental attachment. If you aren’t sure, it’s always best to bring something to an expert but while you are beginning your clutter cleanout, here are a few things to consider.
Condition is everything
Items stashed in the attic or basement often means that such things have not been cherished and that their condition is very poor. This poor condition often causes items to lose value over the years. Even collectibles in bad condition can hold little value and are hard to sell. If you think you have something of value, begin by securing its safety and preserving the condition it is currently in.
Antique housewares and décor
Silver and old rugs are just some examples of items that are commonly stored away for long periods of time and can be easily damaged. Items that are silver-plated will tarnish over time and deteriorate. If you have silver or silver plate, do not wrap it in plastic, as it will bond with the surface of the silver. Unless carpets and rugs are antique and in good condition, they are often not worth much so if you have an item like this, make sure it has been professionally cleaned and wrapped before stored.
Old toys and collectibles
If you have toys from yesteryear packed away, take care of them. Their value can vary greatly but if they are stored away in the basement, chances are you may not have much value at all. Items like comic books, old sports cards and collectibles like Barbie and Beanie Babies that have been stored in basements or attics, they may no longer hold value.
If your possessions are in good condition, you need to know how to train your eye for detecting the trash from treasure. Knowledge is key. The internet can help determine prices but speaking to professional appraisers is the best way to learn. If you are holding onto something for sentimental reasons and you love it, just keep it. If you think you’ve made a discovery, contact a reputable specialist for information.
Take your time assessing items like fine art and sterling silver. They have the potential for hidden value. Great discoveries can be made anywhere. If you are unsure about keeping or throwing out an item, remember that there is always time to discard it later. You don’t want to throw something away only to discover it may have been a hidden treasure. You will be kicking yourself.