antiques, art, collectibles, household contents
Appraisals: I am an independent appraiser of antiques, fine art, folk art, silver, furniture, ceramics, textiles, household contents, etc., as well as a published author, lecturer, PBS TV presenter (2010-2020), and former NYU adjunct faculty for appraisal studies. I have held various professional accreditations (AAA, ASA, RICS) over my 40-some-year career, including the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), but I am now independent of any and all such organizations. As a fiduciary my responsibility never alters: I never buy client properties, never barter services, and never bend to the will of any entity regarding my opinion. FYI: I charge for my time and expertise. Past reports are kept on file (usually). My fee is $200 per hour. Appraisal reports are in the form of a PDF. Updates to previous appraisals require a re-witnessing of the subject property in-person (to prove it’s still in your possession). But, due to Covid-19 or distance, this requirement can be satisfied in real-time via Zoom or FaceTime.
Down-Sizing: My wife and I have down-sized in an orderly manner without losing our minds. Most of my clients also find this stage in their life very difficult and they have no understanding of the effort it takes to orderly deaccession tons of stuff which was probably bought at the crest of market and now must be sold in the trough. They ask, “Will demand return?” In a word, NO! The heydays are over. The trailing generations behind the Boomers do not collect. They are Minimalists. And so too are the Boomers when they leave frigid Connecticut for balmy Boca Raton.