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Find the Hidden Value of Your Antiques

Tags: Money, Resale, Deals

Antiques appraiser Dr. Lori travels around the country appraising people's prized possessions. Find out what items she says holds the most value and what do look for to determine if your items are valuable.

Dr. Lori says there's three categories of antique items that are usually the most valuable:
  • Furniture
  • Works of Art
  • Jewelry
Here are some more great tips on how to tell what's valuable from what's not:
  • Costume jewelry is the biggest most overlooked items at a yard sale  some can be very valuable.
  • When you're looking at paintings it's important to know the difference between oil and acrylic. Oil has a matte or flat look. She says if it's shiny, like acrylic nails, it is probably acrylic.
  • Sterling Silver items will say either "Sterling Silver" or "925" meaning 925 parts per thousand or a picture of a lion looking left.
  • On your sterling tea and coffee sets make sure the lids all match. Often times, they will get swapped out for mismatched lids.
  • On clay pieces, the whiter the clay the higher the quality and the value! Also, a full set increases the value of your pieces by 10 percent!
Dr. Lori offers free antique appraisals online at

DIY Infinity Scarves, Headbands and Hair Ties from Old T-Shirts, Garage Sale Secrets, Finding Valuable Antiques

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Seven Yard Sale Secrets
Seven Yard Sale Secrets
Having a garage or yard sale this summer? Here's what you need to know from a garage sale expert so you can clear out your clutter and make the most cash.
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DIY Infinity Scarves You Can Make for Nothing
DIY Infinity Scarves You Can Make for Nothing
Infinity scarves are really trendy and a great way to accessorize, but at upwards of $10 each, they can get expensive. Here's how you can make your own cute scarves at home for pennies, or even for free, out of old t-shirts.
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DIY Hair Accessories from Old T-Shirts
DIY Hair Accessories from Old T-Shirts
Make your own adorable hair ties and headbands from old t-shirts! Julie Bartos, owner of c.Hair.i.Tee, shows how to make these upcycled hair accessories.
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