Tracking What's Hot & What's Not

How We Predict the Value of Items Found in Estates

People often ask us variations on the same question: What’s hot these days? What’s selling well? What isn’t? We’re happy to share, and to help you understand how we keep up to date on the value of items we might find in our next estate project.

Why We Do it

Tracking trends in value is an important part of our job in auction services. Items are always coming into vogue, which means they get more desirable to bidders and and, thus, more valuable. Meanwhile, other types of items are losing steam, and starting to drop in price. This affects the value of any given estate, of course, but it also affects our clients’ expectations – and that’s why we keep such a close eye on the trends.

Understanding the Potential of an Estate

Because expectations tend to lag trends, families often see items in an estate that they think will fetch a high price, only to learn that that they’re only of modest value. Conversely, they may identify as junk items that have become quite valuable in recent years – even if, once upon a time, they were, in fact, junk!

What's Changed Recently?

At Burns Auction, we’ve always made a point of keeping our ear to the ground for changes in the value of different types of items. For example:

  • Civil War collectibles have dipped somewhat in value. World War II items are dropping as well. On the other hand, Vietnam War-era items are very hot.
  • Victorian furniture long ago began to fade drastically in value, while the cheaper, slicker furniture of the 1950s and ’60s is very desirable. But it’s become so expensive that, now, the furniture of the 1970s and 80s – think hideously ugly couches – has suddenly shot up in price. Ten years ago, we couldn’t give them away, but today, they’re a hot ticket.

Reach Out Today

We’ll help you navigate all of this so you can get top dollar for what you have. Reach out to Burns Auction today to learn more about our system for assessing value.