$1.99 Goodwill purchase valued at $6K

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$1.99 Goodwill purchase valued at $6K


by DION LIM / NBC Charlotte


Posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 5:25 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Last summer hundreds of you lined-up outside our NBC Charlotte studios clutching your antiques, old jewelry and much more waiting to meet with our certified appraiser for a chance at striking it rich! 

This time, Trash or Treasure is back and we handpicked only the best of the best to meet with certified appraiser, Jan Durr, or Robbins Appraisals. 

“I see everything from Tiffany to Tupperware,” Dunn expressed with a smile.

First guest is Anita Dunham, with a ceramic pot, her father brought back from WWII.

“I have no expectations; I just want to ease my mind.  Finding out what it is, that’s all,” Dunham said.

Immediately, Jan offers up this tip: on ceramic pieces, especially those with an Asian origin, look at more than just the sticker at the bottom.

“They’ve been replicated over the centuries, so you can’t go by how they mark it.  You need to hold it and feel it from a weight perspective.”

Ultimately, because the piece was most likely a jar to hold ginger, and is missing a lid, Durr appraises the item with a retail value of about $50 to $70. It’s a price Dunham seems pleased with.

“I’m happy, [but] the sentimental value is definitely worth more!”

Up next, is Suzanne Spantgos, with a piece of art by a California artist, Frank Heath.  Spantgos says the piece is from 1916 and she’s concerned about some wear and tear on the canvas and missing paint.

According to Durr, all isn’t lost in finding value in the piece.  She recommends not to be discouraged by damage.  Investing in restoration could actually add significant value.

Signaling to the painting, Dunham says there is hope.

“Ones with damage, [I’ve seen, retail] anywhere from $250 to $450.  The good news is if you have it restored and [I’ve seen estimates] between $3 and 6,000.”

Finally, we saved the most, exciting item for last:  Robert Canup, who pulls a small framed piece of artwork from an iPad box. He proudly exclaims where the art came from.

“[It was] a dollar-99 in a Goodwill store in Concord.  I got it because it looked old and nice.”

Turns out, the “old and nice” piece of Goodwill art, appears to be a mosaic, by Italian artist Marco Tacconi.

Even though all the signs of an authentic Tacconi piece are there, Durr always recommends having art authenticated. It can really pay off.

“Should this be his work, from a retail perspective, they’re going for $6000 to $7000!”

A price, Canup can’t help but smile at.

“That’s nice-- if we can get it authenticated, for a dollar-99, that’s not bad!”

At the end of the day, even Durr says she feels like the true winner.

“I love what I do, and when I can reveal treasure, it’s the best part of my job.”

Jan Robbins Durr is a certified appraiser of personal property through the International Society of Appraisers.  If you’d like to learn more about her, you can check out her website, www.robbinsappraisals.com