Appraiser’s Diary

The Allure of Antique Jewelry      

The Allure of Antique Jewelry      

One of my favorite ways to ring in a new year is by sporting a ‘new to me’ piece of jewelry that I can wear in the coming year. The allure of antique jewelry is a mysterious one. Is it the story the piece carries or the fact that this piece of jewelry has survived decades, or even centuries? That […]

by · January 6, 2016 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
Appraiser’s Diary: I Love and Approve of Myself

Appraiser’s Diary: I Love and Approve of Myself

As a person that makes part of her living while living on the internet, it seems like lately there has been a lot of negativity surrounding current events. It is easy to get swept up in it and involved or just turn it all off. I find the best way for me to cope with pretty much anything going on, […]

by · November 25, 2015 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
The Appraiser’s Diary: START NOW!

The Appraiser’s Diary: START NOW!

Passionate collectors of all kinds have taught me some vital lessons about success and motivation that I would like to share with you, especially from my doll collectors. They get their minds fixed on something and then they GO FOR IT. They figure out any way to make it happen. They might call the doll shop 15 times and finagle […]

by · November 4, 2015 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
The Appraiser’s Diary – Use Your Attic Treasures     

The Appraiser’s Diary – Use Your Attic Treasures     

by Rachel Hoffman When I was seven at my mother’s antique store, she would sometimes let me in the front of her lawn to water the grass and flowers. I really loved doing that because the hose had one of those spray nozzles that had tremendous reach. One day, a man was coming in the store and I (here is […]

by · October 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
The Appraiser’s Diary: Handwritten Letters

The Appraiser’s Diary: Handwritten Letters

By Rachel Hoffman Last month, I received a hand written letter from Fred. He wrote to me to say that he appreciates my articles every month and looks forward to them and that he is a longtime friend of my mother from back in the days of doing shows at the Denver Merchandise Mart. How neat it was to open […]

by · September 5, 2015 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary, Feature Article