With more expertise and education than many appraisers who serve clients in their homes, I have identified valuable objects that were overlooked for numerous clients over the years.
In most homes, I can spot $25,000 worth of valuables that one may have overlooked.
I have helped people consider the true value of their mother's Lladro collection and how to sell it, helped families take a second look at the money that could be gleaned from grandpa's rock collection, and pointed out how much that ugly painting in the guest bedroom is really worth.
Solid wood chairs, like the one shown, tetain value and may be worth more than you think.
Most families who are downsizing, cleaning out estates or trying to deal with the objects collected by relatives over a lifetime, do not know the real value of their stuff on the market.
For those who haven't yet had me in your home for an in-home appraisal, I have compiled this top 10 list of the objects that are more valuable than you think.
Don't overlook these items because I have seen them change people's lives.
Don't let these objects go without realizing the much needed money that they could bring to your family.
Most people know that vintage toys are valuable, but did you know that computer parts can bring home the cash too?
Don't rely on an appraisal that only focuses on one thing - specialty appraisals - since no one collects only one type of thing.
Don't let anything go without an in-home appraisal that covers everything.
I conduct these appraisals regularly.
Most people think that only the real bling is worth money, but costume jewelry pieces command high prices, too.
Shoes and handbags
Vintage names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade are bringing big bucks with collectors, particularly young women.
Solid wood construction retains value in rocking chairs, painted chairs, Windsor chairs, kitchen chairs of maple, oak and cherry.
Any item or pieces of items made of precious metals hold their value and always will.
Just because you can't identify it, don't know who the artist is or don't like the piece, doesn't mean it isn't valuable.
I can spot a valuable work of art a mile away. Don't overlook sculpture, paintings or works on paper
Boxes (yes, boxes!)
Wooden boxes of all types, with and without locking mechanisms, souvenir boxes, tea boxes, cigar boxes, jewelry boxes, knife boxes - the list goes on. If you can put something in it, somebody likely wants to give you money for it.
Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events to audiences worldwide.
Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on Discovery channel's "Auction Kings."