Our first show was a success!

Nov 2 2015 - 2:55pm
The whole team and I had a great time recently at the International Appraisers Conference in Las Vegas. We learned a lot and met a lot of great people in the community. Being able to see our name all over and see people wearing our lanyards was an amazing experience. Most importantly, we signed up a lot of new Experts to help value your items. I could not be more proud of the Kersten’s Antiques Team. This event felt like a big success from day one! While at the event, we signed up 66 additional Experts to add to our site, giving us a total of over 100 Expert appraisers on our site. Which means even better selection and variety for you to choose from. We added Experts in many categories we... more

Appraisers are historians too

Oct 22 2015 - 12:00am
  When it comes to getting an appraisal, the best advice is to seek out an experienced appraiser who knows what they are doing. And more often than not, they’ll probably know more about your item than you thought. See, appraisers are great at what they do because they specialize in certain categories and then learn those subjects inside and out, making them experts on specific items or time periods and in turn, your item. They can provide in-depth knowledge about your item and provide you with some real meaning. Appraisers work hard to know the ins and outs of their subject and most love to share the knowledge they know. When’s the last time you watched Antiques Roadshow? Their motto is... more

How to buy, sell and get antiques appraised on kerstensantiques.com

Oct 1 2015 - 12:00am
When a new concept comes along and drastically changes things from how they normally work, it can be a little confusing. And unfortunately, that’s just what we’ve done at Kersten’s Antiques—we took the typical way you buy, sell and appraise antiques and injected it with some technology. Here’s a handy question and answer guide on what to expect and how to buy, sell and get items appraised using the Kersten’s Antiques website. Do you have to buy a package to buy items in the store? We get asked this question frequently. And the simple answer is no. You do not have to buy a package to purchase something off our website. So if there is an item you like, simply click the contact seller button... more

Is that a real or a reproduction?

Sep 3 2015 - 12:00am
Learning how to spot a fake or reproduction for a real antique is a skill that takes practice to make perfect. There are some telltale signs that give reproductions away, but often times it isn’t that easy to spot a reproduction antique.  Knowledge is king when it comes to spotting real from reproduction. There are guides out there for almost every subject matter that people collect. If you educate yourself and learn what signs are used to determine if what you are looking at is actually an antique, then you’ll be ahead of the curve.  Looking at furniture, there are many signs and clues on a given piece as to whether it is genuine or not. From the type of nails used to the materials, every... more

USPAP and its importance

Sep 1 2015 - 12:00am
When it comes to getting an appraisal, one of the first things people want to know is if the appraiser is worth the money or if the appraiser is just a hobbyist. Well, when looking for a trustworthy appraiser, look for one that is certified.  The national organization that develops standards and qualifications for professional appraisers is the Appraisal Foundation. What is USPAP? USPAP stands for Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. The Appraisal Foundation has been working to recognize appraisers with proper standards of professional practice since 1987.  We recently sat down and interviewed D. Michael Mason, MAI, SRA, who is a USPAP instructor to see what it means to be... more