For the record, the couple that donated the bulk of the material, including the aforementioned antiques, are our friends and members of the church. They are mature, responsible, sober adults who know WHAT they have donated, although they don't necessarily know the monetary value of each item. Most of it was inherited and has been sitting in a barn for years. Their children are all adults and have had ample opportunity to claim anything they wished. In fact, they told us that we could claim anything we wanted before it goes out to sell. We have spotted a few select items that we want, but we intend to donate fair value for the items.
Originally Posted by Charles Wiggins
Also, it is the donors' wish that we get as much money as possible for each item to benefit the mission project. They do not care how this is accomplished. There are probably not enough high value items to warrant the expense of an auction or an appraiser.
If someone gets a Tiffany lamp for $12 the only regret on anyone's part is going to be that the church mission only got $12 instead of the hundreds the item might have brought. (There are no Tiffany lamps. I just made that up as an illustration.)
I did speak with an art appraiser I have dealt with once before and she gave me a couple of leads and pointers and is willing to look at a few photos if we get stumped.
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