The May NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Bethesda, MD. There were 40 members and 8 guests in attendance.
The meeting started with active networking. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet table hosted by Linden Coyne from Junk in the Trunk and Andy Reiman from Modern Image.
Eileen LaGreca welcomed everyone.
Kimberly Gleason introduced our 8 guests.
Mary Malmberg introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:
|Lori Krause||Building Bridges Partners|
|Dr. Dale Keeton||B-Thrifty|
|Linden Coyne||Junk In The Trunk|
|Sharon Bliss||Book Bliss Online|
|Andy Reiman||Modern Image|
|Guests: Errol Unikel with Home Contents Video, Ben Knowlton with Olympia Moving|
Alonso Zamora spoke about B-Thrifty. Along with being a thrift store, they also pick up donations from clients’ homes. The thrift store helps the community get affordable clothing and they offer free food to the community on Thursdays. B-Thrifty works to find good homes for the items clients donate.
Cara Bretl introduced the educational program: “Ask the Appraisers” with Steve Gouterman from NovaGold, LLC and Todd Peenstra from Peenstra Antiques Appraisals.
Steve and Todd gave members information they can use to help clients decide if it is worthwhile to have items appraised, to sell it at an auction house, to keep it, or to sell it on E-Bay or Craigslist.
The value of an item depends on if you want to sell it or keep it and have it insured. The insured value of an item is typically three times the value than if you want to sell it.
Steve and Todd discussed that what affects an item’s value is if it can be connected to a specific time period. The rarity, beauty (in the eye of the beholder!), and demand of an item can increase its value. Quality can trump all three of those attributes though – a quality piece in a low-demand category can still have a high value.
Chapter members brought items to have Steve and Todd appraise. They looked at several items including a framed map, a diamond brooch, a sword from WWII, a gold coin, a clock, a typewriter, and a carnival glass pitcher. Quick appraisal values ranged from $25 to $5,000!
Chapter Business Meeting
The planning for MARCPO 2014 is underway – contact Suzette Smith or Andrea Hancock to volunteer!
The next meeting will be on Monday, June 2nd, in Fairfax, VA.