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iconnumber posted 01-01-2003 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for itzmarie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am very interested in antiques (esp. silver, furniture & ancient roman coins). I'd like to make these interests part of my life's vocation -- however, I haven't the faintest clue about how to get started.

Since I haven't been born into such a "family tradition," would you please recommend any studies, degrees and/or preferred schools?

I appreciate any suggestions!



P.S. Happy New Year!

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iconnumber posted 01-01-2003 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gayle M. Skluzacek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Marie,
It can be difficult to get into the field, but it is not a pre-requisite to be "born" into it. I am from an average middle class family from Minnesota with no background in arts or antiques. However, I have been an appraiser for 20 years and just finished serving a 2 year term as President of the Appraisers Association of America. I also teach appraisal studies at 2 universities in NY. Anyone can be an appraiser. A love of art, the ability to pay attention to details, and a knack for detective work are the only requirements. To date, there are NO state licensing or exams to become a personal property appraiser. (This may change in the future.) There are NO certified appraisers' however, you could be a certified member of an appraisal organization (AAA, ISA, ASA) assuming you pass the organization's exams and other specific criteria.
New York University offers a certificate course for beginning appraisers. The course is offered on a part-time basis nights and weekends or in July a 4 week intensive course is offered. A certificate of Appraisal Studies is given upon the successful conclusion of the course which is the first step to membership in the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).
Texas has a very active group of appraisers, most members of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), another well respected appraisal society. Contact both associations, talk to appraisers in your area, enroll in some courses, keep reading and looking at antiques. There ARE jobs out there for good appraisers. Good luck!

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iconnumber posted 01-02-2003 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for itzmarie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thank you so very much for your frank comments and the news that one can become a successful appraiser without being "born" into the tradition! I am so excited after reading your reply -- I know I have a lot to study & learn, however -- finally, becoming an appraiser actually seems attainable!!!

Thanks again, Gayle, for sharing the appraisal information and for your encouragement!

All the best!


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