• 4 Jun
    2013

America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?

Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique stores?” questioned Nigel. “There aren’t enough real antiques in America” chimed in his wife Susan, “except those that are imported from Europe, of course.” “America has a thriving antiques business” I […]

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  • 20 May
    2013

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Finding Value in a Collection

We are a society of collectors. From bottle caps to art to old newspapers, our collections fill the closets and dens of estates everywhere. Not all of these collections are valuable, but they do have one thing in common: they confuse the dickens out of estate executors. The confusion stems from the mandate on estate […]

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  • 1 May
    2013

Five Appraisal Options for First-Time Estate Executors

My friend Stan showed me the inventory that he’d just completed for his uncle’s estate. He was proud of his thoroughness; he claimed to have spent more than 150 hours compiling the inventory and acquiring valuations for the estate’s personal property. I complemented him on his meticulous work. As he drove away I grinned and […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Putting together an Executor’s Estate Settlement Team is no Game

In odd moments, I occasionally daydream about creating a board game titled “Estate Settlement.” Yeah, I know what you’re thinking; it should be called a “bored game” instead. But let me assure you, settling an estate can have all the intrigue of “Masterpiece Theatre” and all the surprises and disappointments of “American Pickers.” In my […]

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