Isobel Murray is an accomplished jeweler with a particular passion for antique and vintage pieces. She enjoys exploring the rich history and intricate craftsmanship of various jewelry items and sharing her insights through her writing.
For the antique enthusiasts among us, the online world has opened up a treasure trove of resources for identifying antiques and collectibles. These websites not only help in determining the age and value of your unique antique items online but also provide a plethora of information about the history and craftsmanship behind them. Here are some of the most reliable ones:
🔎 Discovering Antiques with Kovels: Your Online Treasure Trove
Kovels has been a trusted source for antique enthusiasts since 1953. It offers a free online price guide for over a million antiques and collectibles. Their database is updated daily and includes images, descriptions, and prices. You can search by keyword or browse by category. Check out their website here.
💰 WorthPoint: Your Guide to Valuing Antiques Online
WorthPoint is a vast database of sales records where you can identify and value antiques easily. It offers a map of sales, so you can see where items are selling for the highest prices. It also has a marks and library section for more detailed research.
📚 Dive into the Antique World with Antique Trader
A resource for both buyers and sellers, Antique Trader provides articles, directories, and a free weekly newsletter full of tips, news, and auction updates. It also provides a forum for users to interact and share information.
🛍️ eBay: More Than a Marketplace, Your Antique Identification Tool
While primarily a marketplace, eBay can also be used as a resource to identify the value of antiques. By searching for similar items and checking the 'sold listings' checkbox, you can see what people have recently paid for similar items. Read more about the impact of eBay on the antique market on our site.
🕰️ Ruby Lane: Unearthing Unique Antique Items Online
A marketplace specifically for antiques, collectibles, and vintage items, Ruby Lane has a strict policy about reproductions, ensuring the authenticity of items listed. It also provides a 'Ruby Read' section with informative articles and a 'Ruby Lane University' with a wealth of educational videos.
While these websites are great resources, always remember that the value and identification of an antique are subjective and can vary based on condition, market demand, and other factors. If you're unsure about an item, it's always a good idea to seek a professional appraisal.
Now that we've discussed various online resources for identifying and valuing antiques, let's hear from an expert in the field. Dr. Lori, a renowned antiques expert, shares her insights and answers questions about reselling and shopping for antiques in the following video:
Dr. Lori's advice can be applied when using any of the websites mentioned above to identify and value antiques. Remember, while these online resources are helpful, they should be used in conjunction with professional advice and appraisal for the most accurate results.