[AAEH] Re:: What is my chair worth?

"Bob" wrote:

>Some questions have no, zero, answers, because we simply do not know.
> There are many, many things made every year, and most of them end up
>being passed down, or resold, or just kept. Then they get old.
>Most of us in this group know something about certain categories of
>vintage, or antique objects. Nobody here knows everything.
>Add the word antique to anything, and the price goes up. Add the word
>vintage, and the price goes up somewhat.

And I would like to add there are things which have value to a
limited number of people, but if you go by the price one sees in
antique malls for these items, then you'd probably get a mistaken
notion of their relative worth.

For example - I collect model horses (and other things). One of the
best known maker of model horse is Reeves-Breyer. I always get a
laugh at antique malls when I see a booth with over-priced beat-up
Breyer horses. No true model horse collector will pay $50 (or more)
for a damaged model when they can buy a new one still in the box for
the same amount!

So, you have to learn to tell the difference between a family
heirloom, a real find, and a piece of junk. I've found my share of
junk over the years some of which turned out to be really neat
items. Are they worth anything on the open market? Maybe .....
maybe not. I don't care; I'm not planning on selling any of them!

Jennifer Pomerance


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