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Because collections and family heirlooms hold emotional value for the collector and/or family members involved in the sale, Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart magazine recommends a thorough information-
Get some free advice.
Many antiques and collectibles dealers are willing to authenticate pieces free of charge. Call a shop in your area to see if it offers this service. Resist the temptation to sell your valuables to the dealer without verifying the price they quote, or you may not get the best deal.
Consult price lists.
To ascertain the real value of your item, Consumer Reports recommends visiting your local library and consulting collectible price guides, such as the "Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide" and "Collectibles Price Guide." (www.kovels.com is highly recommended by many sources.)
Determine the going rate.
Don't assume that the price listed in the guides is the maximum you can expect for your collectible. The antiques and collectibles market is subject to fads and items frequently go up and down in value based on demand. To determine the going rate for your collectible, find out what it's selling for on eBay, Kovels.com, and other online dealers.
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