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ANTIQUE or Shabby Chic? Appraise & Sell Like a Pro! [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Goodwin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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What is it? What's it worth? How do you sell it? Just released SECOND REVISED EDITION: Better than ever with a whole section devoted to pricing, merchandising and marketing so you can make your money! Filled with tips and tricks of the trade to help you identify, value and sell your heirlooms or collectibles!

Get it for your garage sale pals, your brother who buys storage lockers or for anyone who just wants to know what Grandma's antique vase is worth. Get one for yourself in paperback or eBook and start learning more and earning more.

Included: How to sell on eBay and other top sites, using PayPal, how to search smarter, read silver marks, 8 different ways to sell goods online or off with pros and cons of each, researching art, spotting fakes, getting free appraisals, how to sell more online or in a store and how to value your valuables without spending a dime. Even tips on conservation and restoration.

Save time searching the web with a guide to all the most important web resources for buyers or sellers.

The author appraised on the first US Antiques Roadshow and has sold thousands of items online and off. She's an antiques dealer, conservator and former journalist who shares her experience of over 20 years.

FUN and easy TO READ, featuring the latest tools and techniques in simple, concise language with humor sprinkled throughout.

Whether you have heirlooms to research, you buy storage lockers or shop at thrift stores, this is the one guide you need now. Get it now and start learning and earning! Makes a great gift for all your pals, too! Even seasoned dealers will pick up marketing tips to buy smarter and sell more.

On Kindle Best Sellers List for many even better with 16 pages of new content and updated throughout.

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About the Author

Leslie Goodwin is a professional antiques dealer and conservator with 22 years experience in selling and appraising. She appraised on the first U.S. Antiques Roadshow. She has sold thousands on items online and off and some of her folk art is currently featured in a museum exhibit in Santa Fe, NM. She has published dozens of feature articles and worked as a magazine editor. She has sold everywhere from flea markets to high end prestigious antiques shows. Now she shares insider secrets to help you learn more and earn more!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shop & sell like a pro August 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm an avid amateur and found tons of helpful information in this well-written book. It's hugely boosted my confidence level - my "eye" is better and I can make better decisions about the items I'm looking at. I'd recommend this for all levels, whether you're a novice or experienced pro. SO MUCH great advice and solid information!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the treasure hunt! March 5, 2012
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After inheriting many collectables and questionables from all of my grandparents I became curious to what things were, what they meant, and how much they could be worth. Since this is all new to me I have looked in many places for help in discovering how and where to look for information. Leslie's book has been so much help and now that I have many items for sale in an antiques store, I also have her book to offer to help others who have been bitten by the bug! Jannie Hornby - Oregon Treasure Hunter!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Few Good Tips April 2, 2012
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I bought the Kindle version of this book. The writing style is nice and the reading is enjoyable, but it's very short and left me wanting a lot more. It's not quite what I expected from the impressions I got from the title, but there are some helpful tips. I really wanted something more in depth, but for $3, I'm fairly happy with the few tips I received about silver and gold. (Easily could be found by doing your own internet search though.) There are some reference source tips which I haven't checked out yet, but they may prove to be helpful.

I currently sell in an antique mall and this book didn't do much to help me with knowing how to improve my selling strategies in this type of venue. I'd say it's beginner info. and very lightly scratches the surface. I was hoping that someone with so much experience would have given more inside insights on how to have a profitable antique business. Some good information for people new to selling who don't know anything about eBay, Etsy, Craiglist and or pricing items.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW really helped me March 4, 2012
I do sell on eBay and this book really helped me understand how and what to buy and how to sell it, you couldn't ask for more. I pick it up and read it about once a month just to give myself a refresher course. Money well spent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good info... July 22, 2012
By Lynn
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This book gives you ideas, insight & lots of valuable information on buying & selling items online & at flea markets. It's a short book, easy reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise and very useful guide July 15, 2012
By Phil S
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This is a very useful guide that gives you a good foundation on how to buy and sell a variety of antiques. Easy to read, good examples and helpful links. It'll pay for itself the first time you don't overpay for a reproduction, try to do your own restoration, or waste time and money trying to sell something without knowing its true value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an antique lover... October 21, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. Each antique book has it's own information to share with antique lovers. I especially like this one because I learned more about the antiques that I own.

The author was direct in talking about the antiques and didn't add a lot of fluff. I prefer to read books that give you the information and not a long dissertation that has very little to do with what I want to know.

I thought she did a GREAT job with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book August 29, 2013
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great source for information about antiques and we use it often -best ever---helped us greatly
good pricing also---would buy again
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful!!
Published 3 months ago by Glenda Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers on its promise
Learning how to appraise on the spot is something you can only learn with time and experience because there's so many details you have to learn to look for, which vary by the type... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracy needham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product Overall!!!
Excellent Product Overall!!!
Published 5 months ago by Charles Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good info for those not in the know
Good info for those not in the know, will bring you up to speed to get you ready to appraise & sell, would recommend to all those interested
Published 8 months ago by Ted Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 9 months ago by Laurie Ann Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
Very comprehensive. Lots of very useful information. I learned a lot. Enjoyed every page. Would recommend to anyone. Great tool
Published 11 months ago by Annette Lemieux
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
What I liked best is how concise and informative the chapters are. I found the information I was looking for. Reference to shortcuts and information gathering were really helpful. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cheshire Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars What amazing info for cheap price..
This author has done her homework. She has very intelligent info put into layman's terminology. Thanks to her, the small time merchant has a real chance. Check this out.
Published 15 months ago by dr d j taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase Experience for Antique or Shabby Chic paperbacj
Antique or Shabby Chic? Appraise & Sell Like a Pro! is a game changer for me. The book was shipped immediately after the order was completed and arrived in great condition. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DeAnne Wilfong
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Informative
I rent a small area in an antique store. This book gave some good tips and was interesting. I was looking for more of a price guide, which this was not, but it still gave some very... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Flo J
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I am happy to share my latest book: CAT SKILLS: Loving Care for Cats! for anyone who loves cats or wants to add to their cat skills. This book is a collaboration between cat lovers, veterinarians and personal experience plus extensive research on the latest products and food for cats. I celebrate cats in all their quirky glory, with lots of photos, humor, ways to trouble shoot behaviors, bonding with a cat and unique tips for living happily ever after with a cat. While I was writing this book, I lost a kitten to a deadly disease called F.I.P., so I decided to donate some of the proceeds to a research fund to cure FIP.

I am especially proud of the section on feeding...I researched it thoroughly and have presented a summary of many research papers and practical advice along with the laws regarding pet food manufacture to help you make sense of all the many products available. I devoted a whole section to elderly cats, loss and grieving and even advice on adopting a new cat. This book is fun to read and will make a great gift for anyone who loves cats.

If you missed it, please check out my other book, too. It is called ANTIQUE or Shabby Chic? Appraise and sell like a pro! Because I'm an antiques dealer, my friends are always phoning to say:"Hey, I just got a (cool artifact, heirloom from my Granny, great garage sale buy) and I wanted to know if you would come over and tell me what it is, how much it's worth and how can I sell it?"

So I thought: "Hang on..Hold the phone. Grab your garters Gertie...I COULD WRITE A BOOK."

At first, I planned a simple 1,000 word pamphlet that I could hand out to my chums and thereby glean a few free slabs of pizza and/or beers from my grateful pals. But once I started, I realized there were lots of tips and tricks I could share-and it grew into 10,000 words. Still, I tried to boil it down into the most essential info, make it fun to read; not too long and heavy.

Soon, another friend convinced me to join the revolution--self-publishing that is--and I spent the next four months chained to my computer, tearing my hair out, alternating between swearing and sweating until the eBaby was born.

It really surprised me when it hit the best seller list on Amazon in two categories after being on the market for just a few months. I spent NO money on promotion. I did have some angelic friends who helped me to edit, however. Creating the paperback came next.

I had worked for many years as a journalist, did time :) as a magazine editor and freelance writer, but I had never designed a paperback book. It was kind of like doing an appendectomy for the first time by following the directions in a medical manual! There was lots of blood shed, it took longer than expected and included lots of fumbling about before the loose ends were tied.

That's the story of my book: ANTIQUE or Shabby Chic? Appraise & Sell Like a Pro. I live with two cats who don't understand why I remove my fur from time to time. When I write just for fun, I write poetry, essays and gossipy emails. I won a flash fiction contest in a Boulder, Colorado newspaper in 2010! Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me and bought my books. Ciao!

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