Valuyki When the weather is cold and the days are short, you may be attracted to warmer, sunnier climates by taking a cruise. These words to the wise can help you avoid being taken advantage of with jewelry purchases on a cruise. If you’re on a cruise, you’re relaxed, you’re having fun, you’re in the […]View Post
Channahon Antiques Fair — join Rich
http://theglutengal.com/tag/eggnog-custard-christmas-dessert-vegan/ Join Rich as he takes his show on the road and appraises antiques and collectibles at the Channahon Antiques Fair. The fair will be held at the Channahon United Methodist Church at 24751 West Eames Street, Channahon, IL 60410. It will run Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th. More info on the church calendar. http://www.channahonumc.org/calendar/ […]View Post
Raven Theater DIVIDING THE ESTATE sponsored by Essex Estate Services!
Essex Estate Services is pleased to be a sponsor of the Raven Theater’s production of Dividing The Estate by Horton Foote. This production runs from January 27, 2015 through March 28, 2015. For more information visit Raven’s web site at: http://www.raventheatre.com/dividing-estateView Post
Precious or semi-precious, what gives a gemstone value?
“Precious” or “semi-precious”, what gives a gemstone value? The greatest contributors to a gemstone’s value are its beauty, rarity and desirability, according to the Gemological Institute of America, (GIA), the most highly regarded source of education in the gem industry. It has been a misnomer for many years to segregate gemstones according to the terms […]View Post
The Value of Shopping at Auction
The holiday shopping season is upon us and we are all looking for values wherever we shop. Retail stores hold a variety of sales throughout the season, from Black Friday doorbusters to cyber Monday or cyber Week deals to special discounts throughout the season. These creative ploys attempt to lure the customer by leading […]View Post
Essex Estate Services Ltd. to present “What’s It Worth” appraisal event at the Brookdale Plaza, Hawthorn Lakes
Merrill Essex and Richard Meliska will be valuing vintage and antiques items at the “What’s It Worth” appraisal event hosted by the Brookdale Plaza this coming Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The event will be held at the Brookdale Plaza, Hawthorn Lakes, 10 E Hawthorn Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 at 2pm. This will be a […]View Post
Why the Market for Heirloom and Secondhand Furniture Has Disappeared
This WSJ article describes what we face everyday when we try to inform our clients about the value of the furniture in an estate or when downsizing. http://online.wsj.com/articles/why-the-market-for-heirloom-and-secondhand-furniture-has-disappeared-1404256129 Fortunately, we are able to overcome some of these obstacles because we can Store items and post on Craigslist Sell to the local college community (Northwestern, Loyola, […]View Post
Where is the best place to sell your personal property items?
Bankrate.com just published an article discussing the best venues to sell various types of personal property, both online and off-line. This article was in direct response to the question: “Is a house sale or garage sale or estate sale the best place to sell personal possessions?” The answer to the question is a resounding “NO!” […]View Post attornet, auction, ebay, estate sale, etsy, executor, fair market value, garage sale, live auctioneers, trust officer, worthpoint
What To Do with a Found Diamond
My client came to me with a 1.5 ct diamond in an earring she found in the bathroom at an amusement park. She had tried to find the original owner to no avail. Her search for the value of the stone took her to Jewelers Row in Chicago, where one dealer gave her an offer. […]View Post
Family Heirloom or Flea Market Find: What’s it Worth?
Join Rich and a panel of other appraisers at this year’s appraisal fair event at The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest. The event will be this Saturday, February 8th, from 10am to 3pm at the Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301. For more information visit […]View Post