I've been doing it for 19 years. Well, quilts and textiles for 19; antique, vintage and modern Everything Else (dishes, furniture, accessories, books and other paper, collectibles, etc etc etc) for a decade.
And what do I know about it?
Every time I study, I seem to learn about something else. So apparently -- I can always learn more.
I'm at the PAAQT (Professional Quilt Appraisers of Quilted Textiles) annual conference, held this year in Waterloo, Ontario. (Yes, Canada -- eh?)
This area is chockablock with museums and other great places to visit, including an arts festival this week. Plus a Mennonite quilt auction to benefit MCC, a group we support and believe in. We've seen several interesting exhibits, and have more to go.
Plus I took a USPAP refresher course (you have to do this regularly to keep your training current) and will be in classes about all sorts of aspects of both textile history, and appraiser specifics. Like the three ways to determine values. (In case you're wondering, USPAP says it's by 1] price, 2] sales comparisons... and 3] whether it's income-producing.)
It's after 1:30 a.m., and we have breakfast at 8. Fortunately, the coffee is strong. Otherwise, I'd probably fall asleep in the plate. Bear in mind -- 8 a.m. to the Canadians here is 6 a.m. to this Westerner. The Californians have it even worse: it's 5 a.m. to them.
Back in a bit.
In a few days, it will be better. Really.
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