How much is that dusty collectible worth? Plenty, appraisers say

Joan Landry holds a doll that she brought to "Antiques in Your Attic" at the Sterling House of Gainesville on Sunday. Landry said that the doll is over 25 years old and belonged to her sister, who is now deceased. "Its important to me," she said. Guests to the event were invited to bring in their favorite antique, knickknack or keepsake to find out its worth from the staff at Jeannie's Attic. (Lee Ferinden/Correspondent)

Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.

A wooden clock, a German military emblem and a porcelain candleholder valued around $200 were just some of the treasures presented for appraisal at the Antiques in Your Attic event Sunday.

Dozens of collectors as well as residents of Brookdale Senior Living went to the Sterling House, 4601 NW 53rd Ave., with their most valued belongings for the event.

The staff of Jeannie's Attic, an upscale consignment shop in Thornebrook, delicately examined each item to determine its value.

The most prized piece brought to the event was a two-book set of illustrations of the Crusades from 1875. The appraisers valued the set from $1,000 to $1,200.

“To have a book that old with the binding still intact was really amazing,” Jolie Nantz said.

Nantz runs Jeannie's Attic with her mother, Jeannie Nantz, who started the business 15 years ago.

While no objects were bought or sold at the appraisal on Sunday, several collectors went home inspired by the newfound value of their objects.

Gainesville resident Pauline Wesley brought in a large, green beach bag full of delicate items she suspected to be of high value.

Wesley found the items in an old home she bought several years ago in South Florida. Included in the collection was a candlestick holder with a small tulip-shaped flower in the center. The piece was valued between $175 and $225 by the Nantz team and their antique expert Gary Lamb.

“Oo! I'd sell that now and get my car fixed!” Wesley said when informed of the candlestick holder's value.

But just because an item is valued highly does not mean the seller is guaranteed that price.

“It's not what you have, it's who will buy it,” Jeannie Nantz said.

Sellers of collectibles and antiques typically post their values on Ebay or Craigslist as well as taking the items to consignment shops. Duplicates of several items in Wesley's bag could be found online, making it more difficult to sell the items.

Aside from information, the staff from Jeannie's Attic also offered prizes to whoever could most accurately guess the value of several pieces from their shop: a metal bracelet, a Lazy Susan carved with flowers and napkin holder in the shape of a woman.

Brookdale residents sat in comfy chairs watching and telling stories as collectors passed through with their valuables.

Brookdale sales and marketing manager April O'Malley said the center decided to host the event as a new, different activity for residents.

“We've had a really good turnout,” O'Malley said. O'Malley plans to bring the Jeannie's Attic appraisers back to Sterling House in the fall.

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