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2023 Expert Buyer's Guide to Watches. Market Trends and Essential Tips Smart Buyers Need to Know!

written by Patrick Morgan

How will the watch market look in 2023? Which watch brands to invest? What watch models to buy? What to look on for second hand market? How to avoid counterfeits? If these are the questions you have, then our "2023 Expert Buyer's Guide to Watches" is exactly what you are looking for. Read further for market overview, tips and advice on your future purchases!

How to Value Classic Cars

Since the first ever gasoline-powered automobile was manufactured in 1886, cars have been a subject of intrigue and fascination for generations. It is no wonder that today collecting classic cars is such a popular hobby amongst enthusiasts, with a world and culture of its very own.

Buyers Guide to Rolex Watches

Rolex Watches

Rolex watches has become widely popular over the last decades. Although usually defined as a symbol of status, these timepieces are known for their exemplary world-class quality backed by multiple innovations and are also seen as a source of investment. In our 12 years of experience of providing appraisals of Rolex watches, we really seen the market expand and the community of collectors grow. Now Value My Stuff compiled a guide to help you get started on collecting Rolex watches.

How to Value Toys and Dolls?

Dolls

Children’s toys are areas known for surprise valuations because toys continue to prove extremely collectable despite their lack of intrinsic value. Learn about how to value toys and dolls, with our ValueMyStuff valuations and appraisals experts. Discover what to look out for and how it can impact the value.

Not Just the Wine Should Sparkle! The Holiday Glamour of Costume Jewelry.

Costume Jewelry

written by Valerie Hammond

After recent years of working from home, and instead of zooming around to go shopping, we were Zooming in our pyjamas, we can finally go back to  “normal” again. The holiday season is only weeks away and we are ready to celebrate. As we plan parties, and get togethers with family and friends, we need to put away the sweat pants and fuzzy slippers and think about ways to be comfortable, yet look fabulous when we are out and about! One of the most affordable ways to do that is with costume jewelry!

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5 Top Ideas for a Pre-loved Holiday Present

Holiday season is around the corner and many of us are planning to get a perfect present for our nearest and dearest. As every year it is hard to come up with something new, thoughtful and not overly priced. If you want to get something other than the latest electronic gadget or a fresh pair of leather gloves, it’s time to look on a second hand market. Check out our present guide and learn more about our top 5 ideas for perfect pre-loved gifts!

Free Appraisals: A Guide to Your Report

Antique Furniture

There's a lot of information online about free valuation and appraisal reports, the various reports available, what they offer and who benefits from them. So, we thought we would collate all that we know about valuation and appraisal reports, particularly given that we are the world's number one online valuations service.

What’s in Your Attic? Retro Toys, Antiques or Vintage Ikea Furniture?

written by Patrick Morgan

Whether it is a work of art, a vintage toy or an old chair, the collectibles market has never been stronger. Record breaking prices for common things found in most households have become a regular occurrence since the COVID lockdowns, and the resulting boom in online auction sales since the start of the pandemic does not look to be slowing down. Antiques, vintage objects, modern design and even old toys could be worth a lot these days and it’s worth looking around your garage or attic to see what you’ve got. Read on to see some of today's top collectibles and the prices being achieved.

Save The Vinegar For Your Chips. How to refresh your antiques using natural methods?

Silver & Metals

written by Valerie Hammond

Everything old is new again and that brings new meaning to the term “recycling”. We all have “bits and pieces” purchased, given by family or friends, and all things bright and  beautiful aren't always as clean and shiny as they could be. As the holiday season approaches, and we prepare to entertain family and friends, it's the perfect time to polish and shine items which have lost their gleam. Read further and learn the best methods to keep your antiques nice and fresh using natural products.

Scary, Spooky, Terrifying Art. Halloween edition

Fine Arts

written by Nicholas Skeaping

With Halloween just a few weeks away, we take a look at the selection of the scariest, disturbing and most terrifying art pieces created from the birth of the Gothic art movement up until today. Read more about the artist behind those terrifying pieces, and get some ideas of what to decorate your walls with if you want your guests feel the Halloween spirit even more.

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 Stolen Art. Homecoming

written by Patrick Morgan

With new laws in place, more museums are keen to return unethically and illegally sourced artifacts to the countries of their origin. Read more about the recent art repatriations and why now more than ever before, it is so important to build an ethically sound collection.

Collecting Modern Chairs

Furniture & Design

written by Martin Snape

Granny’s attic is cooler than ever! Amazingly the pared-back and sleek modern designs of the 1950’s and ensuing decades have been with us for sixty to seventy years. In another generation they’ll be officially antique! The furniture of this period has been around long enough for it to fall out of fashion leading to a certain amount of inevitable destruction, but is now enjoying a reappraisal.

How to Value Fine Jewelry

Fine Jewelry

Does the wedding ring you inherited from your grandmother have any value? Could the bracelet you picked up at the antique store be worth more than you thought? Fine jewelry is precious and highly valuable for many people, as it is easy to appreciate such beauty and history.

A Buyer's Guide to Plastic Toy Soldiers

Toys

written by Luke Honey

The appeal of the toy soldier is as old as recorded history. Toy soldiers, or at least, more accurately, 'soldier figures in miniature,' have been discovered in the tombs of the Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt. The Romans manufactured miniature soldiers in lead- found in excavations in Spain, Britain, Germany, and Ethiopia- and intended, possibly, as children's playthings.

Buyers Guide to Sports Memorabilia

Sports Memorabilia

August 2022 was marked with a historical sale for Sports Memorabilia. First collector card with Mickey Mantle from 1952 sold for $12,6 million becoming the most expensive one ever sold. The growing market of Sports Memorabilia brings billions today. Maybe it's time to dust off your old card collection and see what is really worth?

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NFTs: Sound Investment or the Latest Art Craze?

Contemporary Art

written by Patrick Morgan

NFTs, crypto-currency, the blockchain. These are the investment buzzwords of Millennials and Generation Z. Digital wallets and virtual assets are certainly here to stay, but can they transform how we see, feel and appreciate art ? Or, for that matter, how we buy and sell art?

Buyer's Guide: Top 8 Vintage Makeup Brands To Collect

by Angelina Barzey

Exquisite gold plated and encrusted diamond makeup compacts, Marilyn Monroe’s signature red lips, Greta Garbo’s flawless skin complexion… 1950’s was certainly a time where vintage makeup brands such as Max Factor, Maybelline, and Lancôme flourished in the industry. Today, people all around the world are collecting vintage makeup, and some have even sold for thousands of dollars. Read this article and learn more about antique makeup brands throughout history today!

Buyers Guide to Comic Books

by Tom Orr

For many, comic books are like a nostalgia speedway back to careless childhood. Our favourite and timeless heroes such as Spider-Man, Batman, X-men but also  Asterix and Obelix, Tintin, and many others can still make clearing out the attic take longer time than it should. Today the comics are not only considered an entertainment but also a respected art form that inspired many bestselling and loved Hollywood productions and TV series. But did you ever wonder how much your old comic books may be worth? Read our Expert article and find out!

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