A LITTLE WORK, DOWNSIZING CAN BRING MORE CASH
ENCINITAS, CA, May 25, 2014-
As the population ages, personal
downsizing is occurring. In such a case, it's vital to
determine the value of one’s possessions and find a
reputable place where one can sell them for the best
Judy Scheuer, owner of Belle Roche Estate
Jewelry Buyers, says downsizing is occurring more and
more. One should go through possessions and note
anything that might be of greater value first. There
could be something quite valuable.
Whether one wants to sell gold, jewelry,
silver, collectibles or figurines, one should find an
establishment that will help you determine the right
price and make an offer to buy those items.
"Being pressured for a price can make a
person feel uncomfortable", said Scheuer. "The dealer is
the expert. Someone who is trustworthy will be upfront
with you and won’t take advantage.”
What should I
While used gold is still a sure thing,
some fine jewelry can be worth more than just the gold
weight. For instance, 1920s-era jewelry is currently
quite popular. Designer jewelry such as Harry Winston,
Tiffany or Cartier has strong resale value. Even costume
jewelry can be quite valuable, especially if it is
Anything silver, even if beat up or
broken, is worth money. Some patterns and brands of
silver flatware and hollowware are very much in demand.
Even silver-plated items may be worth selling. Most
silver buyers do not want to buy them, but Scheuer said
she can buy certain name-brand pieces if they are in
What else can I
sell besides gold and silver?
have held their value. Lladro and antique Meissen
porcelain figurines, for example, are selling well in
the second hand market.
Fine china and crystal can be valuable.
Scheuer will buy name-brand crystal and china that is in
demand, such as Baccarat and Lalique crystal, or Herend,
Royal Copenhagen and many other brands of china.
Scheuer gives the following advice about
The best thing to do is sort through what
you think might be of value. The first priority is what
you want to pass on to family members, and then we can
help you determine what you want to sell and what is of
higher value. Some things will be better suited to a
garage sale or the thrift store donation, but you don't
want to miss something of value mistakenly sold for $5
at a garage sale!
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