Everything bought for the home, like furniture, rugs, lighting and artwork can be placed on some form of a timeline and affixed with labels like contemporary, antique, vintage or retro. An item’s age is not a key determinant of its value because other variables must be taken into considerati…

Collecting can add zip and zest to your life. Many collectors collect for the pleasure that each item brings to them. However, there are some who think each treasure found will become an investment. As appraisers, there are many times when we are forced to give clients unpopular news.

It isn’t uncommon to see the everyday items of our past make it back into the mainstream again. Generation Xers and Millennials are picking up a once forgotten music format: vinyl records. Almost at the point of extinction about 15 years ago, full-length LPs that helped define the golden era…

The current stay-at-home orders might lead to a resurgence in board games, but the days of families and friends sitting down to play Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit mostly seem to be behind us. 

At A-Z Appraisal, we receive countless inquiries along with myriad questions about items ranging from spittoons to Navajo rugs that we privately answer or have written about in the “Ask the Appraiser’s” column.

Barbershops at the turn of the 20th century were home to many unique shaving mugs that were personalized to depict occupations, hobbies, fraternal organizations and pictures of barbershop owners. Today these mugs are highly desirable and difficult to find, and some can be worth up to several…

Why do people collect movie memorabilia and what is it, exactly? Well, if it’s an item associated with a popular movie, it could be considered a collectible.

Our client opened a wood and metal, leather-strapped trunk, and neatly wrapped in tissue paper was layer upon layer of crocheted and embroidered handiwork created by her grandmother and three aunts.

American painter, illustrator and sculptor Frederic Remington is perhaps best known as one of the most gifted interpreters of the American West. His early work appeared as illustrations in popular journals, but as he matured, he turned his focus to painting and sculpture. In fact, his work i…

With help from our fine readers, I’ve come across many fascinating topics and unusual collections. Your submissions wind up being a treasure hunt for both of us. Keep those questions coming… 

It is common for appraisers to assist attorneys, fiduciaries, trust officers and others in accurately dispersing items in a will or trust. This typically helps families and other heirs avoid problems of distrust, or worse, outright theft. As a self-defense tool, every estate, regardless of s…

Most Americans have no idea what a “coddler” is, how to identify one, or its functionality. Coddlers are small containers made of porcelain or pottery with a decorative, cup-shaped base typically sitting on a pedestal and featuring a screw-on lid with a lifting ring used to prepare – wait fo…

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The Greater Phoenix area has nearly 20 auction houses to choose from when you’re looking to sell an estate. With many choices comes varying levels of service and professionalism. I urge all my clients to do their research ahead of selecting a broker, because neglecting due diligence can have…

Great age is not important for a toy. Condition is the true master, coupled with demand, especially if it tickles the nostalgia factor in the collector. According to toy collectors, toys made before World War II are considered antique, while toys made after the war are modern. The toys that …

We know spring lies just around the corner when eggs, rabbits, baskets, candy containers, small porcelain figures and other Easter collectibles start hitting shelves. For the curious, the word “Easter” comes from “Eostre,” a goddess of spring whose festival was celebrated in April. It wasn’t…

To some, “downsizing” is a vile, nasty word. People tell themselves, “I just can’t throw it away, I might need it. It belonged to my mother. I have to keep all the records. It’s valuable and the kids might want it.” To others, downsizing is a way to shed the shackles of stuff: empty, simplif…

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From 1865 until the late 1950s, the Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania made various cast iron implements for home use. Its selection of cookware, including skillets, muffin pans, roasters, bread molds, waffle irons, kettles and miniatures have stood up to the test of time a…

The holiday season is here and most of us are either decorating for the celebration or still working our energies up to make it out to the garage to drag out the memories of yore. 

When establishing a value on an item, a savvy owner will always consider the condition, location, definition of value and market before providing a price. Neglecting these factors can lead to an incorrect price that an educated buyer wouldn’t pay for whatever you are trying to sell. 

Although it’s likely that the vases, novelties and dinnerware items occupying your shelves are every day household brands, such as Fiesta, Hull, McCoy, Roseville and Bauer, there may be a piece hidden among these well-known names that is obscure and has value. 

Dizziness? Can’t sleep? Memory fog? These and flu-like symptoms just might be caused by your new laminated furnishings, flooring, upholstered chairs, and other décor that have been chemically treated. 

Dizziness? Can’t sleep? Memory fog? These and flu-like symptoms just might be caused by your new laminated furnishings, flooring, upholstered chairs, and other décor that have been chemically treated. 

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It’s always amazing to read all the interesting reader questions we get each month—and we do our best to read and respond to them all. Sculptures, unused sporting event tickets and vintage Halloween items are just a few of the treasures we’ve had the pleasure of researching. 

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I collect the weird and wacky. I also love collecting pieces affiliated with or used in a movie. Movie memorabilia! To some, that gun used by Han Solo was just a plastic toy. To me, it’s collectible!

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Collecting authentic, high-value items can be a tricky endeavor. Anything that is valuable and highly collectable has also been faked or forged to scam unknowing buyers out of their hard-earned money.

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Everyone at one time or another will be faced with having to sell an estate, and it is the astute person in charge who makes the decision that everyone must live with for the rest of their lives. 

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A new year is upon us, and with it come predictions for trends in furniture, antiques and collectibles. 

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A brief history of Valentines and how they became mainstream

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We know it is an obvious statement when we say we live in the Southwest. Our history boils over with the essences of “Old West” vibes to this day. Long gone are the days of old, but much of that Southwest history is still alive in our business as we see it in your homes on a day-to-day basis. 

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My mother loved my father very much. They wed in the mid-1960s and aside from work, I don’t think they were ever apart. November 12, 1988 was a day that changed my mother forever. In addition to being the day that my father passed away, it also marked the start of the disease that would take…

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Ho, ho, ho! If you are ready for the holidays, then you have probably already made the annual journey to the garage or attic to retrieve and unpack your boxes of décor. Other than sentimental, do you have anything of value in those boxes? With today’s focus on Midcentury Modern décor, numero…

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Most people have a general idea about the worth of their house or real estate; however, few know the value of the personal property inside the home. Everything from Grandma’s Bristol vase to dad’s four-poster bed that he had shipped from his parents’ home in Michigan has a value.  These valu…