What’s It Worth………..really?

Everyday I get someone who comes to me with a photo of an antique –  along with a story about how they have this piece and it belonged to their gramma or parents or aunt and they just know it is worth a lot of money.  The truth is the value of antiques have gone way down.  Its not the economy – its not the internet – its the younger generation.   They don’t want it!  Can you imagine going to a young person’s home for dinner and having the table set with Noritake china and sterling silver flatware – and drinking the bottled water out of Waterford crystal glass?  That’s not a “put down” or negative review about our young generation – its simply the way it is.  These kids are back into making things out of wood pallets and finding a piece of furniture for $5.00 – getting some chalk paint and giving it a whole new look!  Their look!   And I applaud them (and love a lot of what I see).   I think its great that the creative juices are flowing and the love of Do It Yourself (DIY) is back!  But that means that this generation is not buying the antiques and like every other market place it brings in  the law of supply and demand.  The supply is increasing and the demand is decreasing – thereby making the antique items worth less and less – and I am the one that has to tell the owner of their gramma’s – parent’s  or aunt’s beloved item that the value is not what they thought.   There was a time about 15 years ago and before –  when I would be called to do an estate sale of a home filled with antiques and I would get excited because I knew I could make good money for the estate.  Now I just cringe and explain to the owner’s what has happened.

But remember you didn’t just keep it because you thought it would be worth money – you kept it because it reminded you of your gramma or parent or aunt and that’s worth more than anything!

To get bargains on antiques and items you can paint – be sure you join our email notification list on Call Renee Estate Liquidation for where we are holding our next estate sale.  And remember you can come to our 12,000 sq ft estate sale warehouse Not Just Antiques Mart located at 1422 Western Avenue Monday-Saturday from 10:30 – 5:30 for estate values every day!

Have the best day as those have value – Renee


We literally have hundreds of LIFE Magazines! We’ve packaged them all in plastic to try and preserve them. Sometimes I’ll walk by and a customer will just be ravaging through them opening the plastic and literally destroying magazines… It’s always very upsetting. Today I had a gentleman come in and spend hours looking at all of the magazines-he asked if he could take some out of the plastic. How refreshing! He is a true collector… We opened up a few for him and he checked each one with care….and he bought about 20! He clearly loved the magazines! It’s such a happy moment when someone finds their treasure! #dtlv #vintage #lifemagazine #life #vintagemagazine #estatesale #bargain 📖📖📖📖🤗  

Shame, shame

we always have to watch carefully at the estate sales because unfortunately there are always loose handed people trying to take something that is not theirs’-especially sad at an estate sale where items are already discounted compared to retail-and most often the money is being used to care for an elder.  Today there was a woman in line paying for a $1 item-and she had a bank pouch that we were selling tucked under her arm. I questioned her and she said oh yes-it has some twine in it that her husband would like and could you give me a quarter for it. It was bulging so I asked if I could look at what kind of twine he was getting and she handed me the pouch and it was filled with nail files, cuticle clippers, and other odds and ends-and yes there was a small bit of twine.  These are adults at my sales-often well into their 50s and 60s and I am still always surprised to see another try so hard to take advantage of another-Doing a estate sales as often as I do-you would think I would get used to it but today is the day after the tragedy in Paris – And the old flower child in  me thought it might bring out some goodness in people-and make us want to be kind to one another- so it bothered me more than usual


I deal with people’s memories everyday – and have a few of my own. My classmates had a huge reunion recently and it made me think about someone who was my BFF for so many years –back then.   Usually the 2nd F in Best Friends Forever doesn’t alway last but the memories of having a Bestie always does!   When I was 14 years old I met my first BFF. We did everything together. I kept her secrets, knew which boy she really loved, and took the blame with her parents when it helped her out. We giggled during all nighters and had all the plans that young people have and dream about. I moved to California and was able to get her enough money to get there too – and our friendship just spread to the West Coast. Young Men Beware – the Buffalo gals were there! I thought she was the one person that I knew so well and could always count on. And then suddenly – and I still don’t know why – it was gone – and I never really understood what happened. I thought I had given my friendship and love unconditionally – I know it hurt me for years and the lies that were told all had an effect on my other relationships and life. Some people just are able to let go easier than others. I just know that through the years we had shared – the secrets we had kept – the help that had been given – I deserved better. A reason maybe; but definitely a good-bye.

I have been so very lucky to have some other BFFs that have taken me through some pretty rough rides and some of my greatest adventures (and still maintain their ‘double F’! I have been blessed with friends who loved me to the core. I have the most precious daughter who is my lifetime BFF.  I even have a furry BFF!  And I love them all back unconditionally!

And maybe that’s one of the reasons I am good at what I do – as I respect and honor people’s treasures and memories that have been given to me to sell. I know and understand how precious these are. More importantly, we never know when all our private treasures will unexpectedly become a memory for someone. Everything we do and say has an effect on something and someone else – like a ripple in the water – it affects another and that affects another. I call it the ripple effect. We are who our actions say we are.

Give someone a hug and remember to be kind to each other