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These hidden gems could be worth a lot of money

12 things you should never, ever pass up at antique shops

These hidden gems could be worth a lot of money

12 things you should never, ever pass up at antique shops

These hidden gems could be worth a lot of money

Going antiquing is kind of like going on a treasure hunt. The only problem is distinguishing the actual treasure from cleverly disguised junk. Good Housekeeping consulted veteran appraisers Dr. Lori Verderame and Terry Kovel for the insider tips on finding the proverbial diamond in the rough.

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Victorian Christmas Cards

“All of the holidays have gotten more popular in collecting,” says Terry Kovel, co-author of the “Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide.”

“And the most popular one obviously is Christmas.”

Vintage cards in good condition can fetch about $10 to $50 apiece, she says, but particularly valuable ones can shoot up into the three- or even four-figure range. Some cards will have the year printed on the front or the back, but classic Victorian motifs like flowers, robins and other animals can also help date the card.

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Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Likewise, this other holiday staple has its own growing set of fans. Decorations in excellent condition in the original packaging will receive top dollar with unusual ’50s-era beauties fetching upwards of $50 per box on eBay. Another Christmas collectible favorite: candy tins.

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Kutani Chinaware

“You’ve got be careful with ceramics because the markets do change a lot,” Verderame warns. “What keeps its value pretty well is Kutani chinaware.” The Japanese white porcelain offers such craftsmanship, you can hold it up to the light and see exactly how thin it is.

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Meissen Porcelain

Another valuable type of ceramic? Meissen porcelain, from the German town of the same name. Don’t pay big bucks just because it’s authentic though. “With any antique or collectible, if it’s not in good shape, leave it there,” Verderame advises.

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Maria Martinez Pottery

The famous Pueblo artist produced so much of her iconic blackware, you can now find it all over the country, Verderame says. Take note: Martinez often signed her pieces different ways and with other members of her family, dating her creations to specific timeframes.

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