Recently, experts on the PBS series Antique Roadshow estimated that a Tiffany lamp purchased in the 1960s for $125 could be worth up to $300,000. Makes you want to investigate some dusty boxes, doesn’t it?
Before you do, a warning: Even cherished items often disappoint. “You will get nothing for 19th-century porcelain dinnerware,” says Terry Kovel, publisher of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2017. “A complete set is worth only about $150.”
But some junk really is treasure. These five factors, experts say, can create value in your collectibles.