Posts Tagged ‘estate liquidators

17
May
17

Antiques – Quality Craftsmanship and Historic Significance

Some people prefer to buy new, factory-made furniture or household items because there is an idea that because it is ‘new’ it is somehow better. However, this is a fallacy and anyone who has purchased a new piece of furniture only to have it fall apart a few years later knows that this is true. Purchasing antiques is a better way to get a truly quality piece of furniture that has already stood the test of time. Many people have heard of the saying ‘They don’t make them like they used to…’ and the fact is, they don’t. Not only is the quality of a good antique much better than any piece of big-box store furniture, it also holds a greater historical significance, which illuminates an intangible value and interesting story behind the work. These are two of the main reasons why it is always better to purchase antiques over modern factory duplicates.

Quality Craftsmanship

The majority of antiques come from a time when skill and craftsmanship were valued for the beautiful work that it could create. These days, skilled labor and crafting technique is not as appreciated as it once was. This has resulted in a decline in the quality of work that is being produced. What was once a table lovingly crafted by a carpenter is now a table pumped out of a factory setting. The woodworking skill and craftsmanship techniques that were used to create wonderful furniture and ornate carvings are simply not as common now. The work that was being made before industrialization had taken over every aspect of production is work that had much more effort put into it. Many antiques are the result of countless hours of dedicated labor and the result is something that not only looks amazing, but has been built to last lifetimes. Many antiques have been passed down generation upon generation and they are still solid and beautiful pieces to this day.

Historic Significance

Another reason why antiques are so valuable is that they hold a greater historic significance. To tell someone that you bought an armchair at an outlet mall is no story at all. In fact, there are thousands of other armchairs with the exact same story. However, purchasing an antique holds an entire history to it, which is something that makes an antique special. Estate liquidators know this and that is why so many of them can make thousands of dollars from an ‘old chair’ purchased at a garage sale. The reality is that history is valuable and it defines an object by setting it in a time and place, which is something that should be respected. To own a piece of history is to own a piece of humanity.

24
Apr
17

Man Finds 40k Painting At His Own Garage Sale

Many people have heard this type of story before, but most of the time it sounds like some sort of fantasy. How could something so valuable be hidden right under a person’s nose? Well, the reality is that many time times people do not realize the true value of some of their belongings, particularly when it comes to antiques, rare, or unique items. Yes, many people will hold onto their Spider-Man comics in the hopes of one day retiring on their future sale, but the fact is that without a trained eye and strong knowledge of what is actually valuable on the market, a person is not likely going to make any money from the things that they store away in their attic. More often than not, the items that people own that are actually of significant value are not even recognized or considered as valuable by that person.

Experts Have The Eye And The Experience

When someone has a garage sale, it is usually because they have a lot of extra things or they want to make a little bit of extra cash on the side. They may spend hours hauling everything out to their lawn or driveway, just to make a couple of hundred dollars, if they are lucky, by the end of the day. However what they may not realize is that they could have actually sold something of much greater value without even knowing it. Any person with some knowledge of antiquities or other coveted items could walk up to a garage sale and get the deal of their lives on something that is worth far more than the owner ever realized. This is because most people are not trained to know the true value of an antique hutch or the true origins of an old painting that was passed down from their parents. This results in all types of terrible transactions where the owner of something special doesn’t get what they really deserve for it.

An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving

An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving, 18th Century, dated by inscription to 1750, Sold for $2,235,000

This is why it is so important call in estate liquidators before a person has a garage sale. Estate liquidators are experienced and knowledgeable about all kinds of valuable objects and rare items. They also know how much it could sell for at an auction or to the right buyer and they have the connections to make it happen. There are many stories of people selling away a one-of-a-kind item for only a few dollars when it was really worth thousands, but this can be avoided by calling someone that can properly evaluate a property and its contents. This could be the difference between $200 at a garage sale and $40,000 at auction.

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13
Dec
16

Reasons Why Buying Antiques from Estate Liquidators is a Good Investment

Antiques, whether this includes furniture, art, paintings, or objects that once served a practical use but are now decorative, are a good investment. This is true for many reasons. Those who purchase antiques from auctions and estate liquidators will soon find out just how well they spent their money. These reasons have everything to do with history, longevity, quality, style, and stories.

Italian Neoclassical Marquetry Walnut Commode

Italian Neoclassical Marquetry Walnut Commode

The Value of Antiques for Modern Life

They Each Have a Story

Antiques have had a whole life before buyers swoop in to give them new ones. They probably had multiple owners; sat, hung, or were placed in multiple locations, homes, and rooms; and maybe even had multiple purposes beyond their intended uses. An antique chair could have been someone’s favorite reading spot 100 years ago, or where the head of a family sat for dinner every evening, 150 years ago. Sometimes the stories are known, and sometimes they aren’t, but in the latter cases, it’s satisfying to imagine what they are.

They Have History

Besides stories, antiques have a history. They were made in a different time, a different place, and a different era with manners, customs, etiquette, and ideas that are quite possibly long gone. Their history reveals what was important, worth noticing and remembering, to the people who made them and cherished them.

They’re Well-Made

Antiques have lasted throughout the years, sometimes hundreds of years, for a reason. They were probably crafted by hand with care and attention. This craftsmanship is a very good sign that they will last for a few hundred more years.

Granted, antiques require care. However, the fact that an object has stood the test of time in the first place is a good marker of its continued lasting quality. Better yet, even if an antique acquires a few scratches, marks, scuffs, or dings along the way during its long life, most antique enthusiasts will tell you that these are simply marks of character.

They’re Timeless

Some trends never go out of style. There’s a reason antiques look classic in any room and any situation. Their construction, lines, and design are timeless. They defy trends. These are wonderful pieces to add to a home’s décor for this reason. The investment is returned through the years of use the antique will provide, not to mention the enduring beauty it will afford. Some antiques, like wooden furniture, even get better with age as they acquire a patina.

Watson Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Three Piece Epergne

Watson Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Three Piece Epergne

Antiques from Estate Liquidators Have Enduring Value

While purchasing an antique piece is an investment, it is one that usually pays off. Antiques have the advantage of being well-made, which has helped them to last through multiple ownerships and all kinds of different uses. They also have a history as well as stories attached to them, which perhaps makes them more special than the run-of-the-mill items one might find at a big box store or furniture outlet. When one purchases an antique, they are truly buying quality as well as a piece of that history for themselves.

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