Find Treasures Everyday

Jan 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It may depend on your definition of “treasure,” but it is possible to discover treasure everyday. A recent archaeological find in Germany proves the premise. History will need to be rewritten. A contest between Germans and Romans around 250 to 300 suggests a longer lifespan for the Roman Empire than previously thought.

So pick up your metal detector and begin the search. Of course “metal detector” here is only figurative. Antique Road Show fans have long since discovered the value of some long since inherited object d’art. Ebay offers all sorts of finds, discovered in long since abandoned boxes and attics and under beds. Kovels is an excellent resource.

Process for Identifying Treasure: The trick in identifying treasure is found in the eye and in the ability to exercise patience to research its potential validity. Being able to “see” means “old” items may have value; because it has hung on the wall so long may mean it’s familiar, or it could hold hidden worth.

Search in places for items, e.g. glassware, vases, silver pieces, tucked away goodies that have been stored for years. A friend discovered a vase, about 3 inches in height, which was bought for $3. It was later valued at 4 figures.

Select several items which appear to be of sufficient vintage, unusual in design, show significant markings, perhaps dates and have them professionally appraised.

If there is someone in the family who may know some of the history of specific items, e.g. furniture, lamps, first edition books, and so on, recruit their assistance.

Read up on values. Do not embarrass yourself by taking in any old piece of junk and expect to be rewarded. Remember there are many unsearched closets and chests and boxes and attics.

Visit Antique stores and dealers. Ask questions, as if you are a buyer not a seller.

Go to Auctions and Estate Sales. Observe carefully, take notes.

Some items, e.g. jewelry, art pieces, and glass ware may require a specialist to determine worth, if any. You may also be wise to get a second opinion.

Finally, while you are at, this sorting process may be a good time to rid yourself of some items that have consumed space, but whose value is little worth hanging on to. Consider your own sale or donating these items to an organization who may find use for them.

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