Feature Article: "Appraising Quilts"
I am always looking to expand my horizons, to learn more, and thereby offering more to my customers. Last April I was fortunate to travel to Paducah , KY for the annual AQS Quilt Show. If you ever have the opportunity, and love quilts, it is a MUST! The whole town practically becomes one huge quilt show. Of course there is the convention center with conference room after conference room of quilt exhibits, vendors, workshops and lectures. But then there is the Museum of the American Quilters Society, with more exhibits or quilts both old and new, and more classes. But then you also have the downtown area where you will find quilt and textile related items in antique shops, quilt shops, and even in the windows of the local beauty salon, real estate agent, and tax advisor. You have people on the corners selling quilts. You have the local churches and Rotary organizations holding small shows and events. It was quite inspiring to say the least.
But I didn't just go there to see the quilts and spend a lot of money. I went there to learn how to be a Quilt Appraiser. And I am proud to say, I am now a trained professional Quilt Appraiser and am working towards my AQS Certification as a Quilt Appraiser. I am now able to appraise new quilts and old quilts. There is more to the process than just being able to date a quilt, and being experienced enough to place a value on it. For my customers this will be good news and bad news. The good news, that this service is now available to you by appointment, if you are local enough for me to visit you. If not, I am able to recommend someone who is local to you. The bad news, I am no longer able to provide free valuations online with just photos.
Why would you want your quilt appraised?
- quilts, like your other antiques, should be insured in case of loss or damage
- if you are you shipping a quilt to hang in a quilt show
- if you wish to donate the quilt to museum or organization
- if you wish to determine the value to possibly resell it
- for estate purposes
If you are in the NY/NJ/PA area, please contact me for an appointment!
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