How to Assess and Sell Your Collectibles

Your collectibles could be holding a fortune - or a pittance.

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If you’re a fan of Antiques Roadshow, you’ve probably fantasized about discovering that your grandmother’s chafing dish is worth more than your car. But just because an item is old and cherished doesn’t mean it’s valuable. 

Here’s a guide to assessing your collectibles — and to selling or donating the stuff you don’t want to keep.

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Emma Patch
Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Emma Patch joined Kiplinger in 2020. She previously interned for Kiplinger's Retirement Report and before that, for a boutique investment firm in New York City. She served as editor-at-large and features editor for Middlebury College's student newspaper, The Campus. She specializes in travel, student debt and a number of other personal finance topics. Born in London, Emma grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Washington, D.C.