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Hello John,

Sometime in the future I'd like to sell jewelry and watches online that I would purchase at estate sales, auctions, flea markets, liquidations, etc. and become an appraiser to enhance my business identity. Might I be better off sticking with appraising items like only jewelry and watches? Becoming an appraiser in all items offered at estate sales, auctions, flea markets, and liquidations would seem either almost impossible or have much too large a learning curve involved. I'm even wondering if I should just concentrate on appraising jewelry or watches, but not both.
Is my thinking on the right track?

Thank you for any guidance.



I'm not going to be able to help you with this. I am a real estate appraiser, not a jewelry/watch appraiser.

The type of appraiser you want to contact belongs to the American Society of Appraisers. (ASA) ASA appraisers specialize in all kinds of personal property valuations: art, machinery, business valuations, jewelry, furniture, etc.

If you Google "American Society of Appraisers", you can log onto their site and go to the state in which you live and find a local Chapter. There are usually categories in which you can find appraisers specializing in jewelry and other personal property valuation niches.

You can now find an appraiser with this valuation specialty. Also try to attend a meeting nearby so you can network with ASA appraisers. Who knows, perhaps you can find someone who would be willing to mentor you so you can become an expert.

I think you should at least check out the other valuation specialties that are available. If you find that you want to become a jewelry valuation expert, the ASA is the place to get the information you need.

John C. Carlson
CA Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
Victorville and Diamond Bar, CA

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