The “Antiques Roadshow,” is a favorite. What’s it worth?  Many standing in line with old family treasures.  We don’t see the thousands of items that aren’t “worthy” of the show but there are plenty of things of value that don’t make the show.  I’m not talking about thousands of dollars, maybe hundreds.  But these are still items families don’t wish to part with but want to know what they have.

Don’t assume something from the 1970’s or 1980’s is worth anything. Even 1990’s clothing is more popular on the secondary market than 1980’s. The “Antiques Roadshow” shows the very very best. What it takes them to find enough really good stuff for an episodes takes THOUSANDS of people through the door.

What you see on TV doesn’t tell the whole story on values for vintage, antique or second hand items.

Chicago Antique Appraiser

I am Melissa Sands, owner of the Vintage Garage and Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show. I’ve got 20 years of experience, in all areas of the vintage world. I’m happy to give opinions of value on vintage costume, designer jewelry and estate jewelry and clothing Pre- 1990’s.  I am also always buying these pieces BUT an appraisal is done for wholesale, retail and insurance values.  Dealers buy at wholesale so items can be sold online, in a store and they can pay all the things that make you a real  business. Including taxes. I will also look at pottery, porcelain, china, and more. Don’t hesitate to ask.

Have an old box of vintage jewelry? Bring it!  One piece or a whole collection, we’re always looking to buy stand-out pieces and collections of old costume & estate jewelry.  Pre-1990’s of all kinds.  Plastics, metal, rhinestones, wood, interesting old jewelry.  From the 1800’s to the 1990’s. Estate jewelry too, gold, gold filled. Victorian era, retro jewelry. I’m a Chicago Antique appraiser but will look at things not antique too. 1990’s and prior.

The focus of my evaluations are 1920’s to the 1990’s, but I will always look at pieces that are older. From costume and estate jewelry to art, the list of vintage times we’ll appraise is long.


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