Photo: VintageElv/Etsy If you’re waiting out the pandemic and, say, watching a lot of Antiques Roadshow on PBS because it has nothing to do with 2020 , you might be thinking about the old items in your home and what they’re worth. Maybe that vintage Garfield phone is valuable, but how do you know for sure? How to find out what your stuff is worth

Whether you have old jewelry, art pieces, old posters, dolls, or a butt-shaped tea caddy , it’s important to keep track of the value of your possessions. Just remember, there’s a difference between a valuation and appraisal: If you’re looking to just sell the item, a valuation is what you need. An appraisal, on the other hand, is more in-depth, resulting in a legal document used when a piece is rare, highly valued, and needs to be insured. There are a number of ways to appraise your antiques, although for insurance purposes visiting an accredited appraiser is your best bet. Online valuations

Google and eBay are hassle-free standbys if you just want a ballpark idea of how much your item might be worth. If you’re more serious and are willing to check out the online services of a certified appraiser, you can try a handful of specialty sites . For more casual sellers, the dominant player is Value My Stuff ($10 per appraisal). These sites allow you to upload photos of your antique or collectible; you’ll be sent back a PDF summary […]