Worthless junk or hidden treasure? Have your items appraised for free!

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 11:57 AM

PHOENIX -- It's probably safe to say that most of us have an item or two around our house that we think might be worth some money. It could be something inherited, or something picked up at a yard sale.

How do you know if it's worthless junk, or a hidden treasure? One of the Valley's top auctioneers, Josh Levine, visited Good Morning Arizona Tuesday with some tips about finding out an item's worth. He also told us about an appraisal and auction event happening Wednesday, where consumers can bring items in and have them appraised for free.

"We offer this service every few weeks," says Levine. "I love it. It's the part of my job that I don't get paid for, but I love it."

Levine showed us some examples of items that come in, including 19th century eyeglasses, silver dollars and an antique chronometer.

"It's a ship's clock," Levine says. "It floats. This allowed people to know where you were on the globe. This changed boating. This is worth about $4,000."

He also showed off a Chinese jade 19th century wedding bowl. "This is carved from one solid block of jade," Levine said. "It's worth about $15,000."

Some items have real value; others simply have sentimental value. Levine says you have to do your research, and can always have your items appraised.

Free Public Appraisal by J. Levine Auction & Appraisal
Wednesday, June 19, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sagewood Community
4555 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-384-5800

Visit jlevines.com from more information on appraisals and auctions.

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