Trash? Or treasure?

We are all familiar with the expression, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. It really doesn’t get any more complicated than that. People discard things, and they may be just what someone else was looking for.

Over the last several months I have posted about items and experiences I have encountered as an appraiser. Part of my work is keeping my eye sharp by making regular visits to antique stores, flea markets and thrift stores. My goal is to learn a little bit about a lot of different items.

This little Vilas side table, with its slightly scuffed surfaces, was found at the end of a driveway in my neighbourhood. I had been looking for something like this, so was delighted to get it for free.

Though I try to not collect too much myself, I sometimes give in and buy something, but only if I donate items before bringing it home. Often, as I see items that I’ve donated in the Antique section of local thrift or charity stores, carrying an appropriate price tag. I must be doing something right.

Now I invite you, dear reader, to join me in having a little fun. Dig around in your attic, basement, shed, spare room, wherever old things are stashed away – and see if you can scare up an item that you think of as….well, weird. Different. Maybe something that you have absolutely no idea about what it is. So much the better!

Feel free to use the Contact form on my website to send me details about the item, including measurements and most importantly, clear pictures.

I must stipulate that this is just meant to be a fun exercise where you can learn a bit more about your item, while I get a chance to see, research and assess a more esoteric array of items. I will be happy to tell you the findings of my research, but I will not be providing any values: this is not a *free* appraisal.

However, if you really do want to get an actual, official, in-house appraisal done on an item, then please contact me via the Contact page of the Dark Horse Appraisals site and mention ‘trash or treasure’ in the subject line.

Who knows what may turn up?

Take care everyone, stay safe and warm.

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