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Attic Treasures Rev

  1. 1. WITTZ END Relocation Concierge Service Orchestrating & Conducting Your Next Move!
  2. 2. ATTIC FULL OF TREASURES! <ul><li>Oh my, I never thought there </li></ul><ul><li>was so much stuff! </li></ul>
  3. 3. What You Will Learn Today <ul><li>When & Why to Clean the Attic </li></ul><ul><li>What Kind of Treasures could you find? </li></ul><ul><li>Where to Begin, What you need, and the Process to follow! </li></ul><ul><li>Some handy information to take home. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Nooks and Crannies! <ul><li>No not talking about English Muffins </li></ul><ul><li>Attics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Large and Small Attics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large ones have plenty of nooks and crannies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small attics not so many – but still enough to cause anxious moments </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Size Does Not Matter! <ul><li>Attics are usually the 1 st place we think to bring our prized treasures… AND </li></ul><ul><li>Large or small Attics are usually the last places to be cleaned out! </li></ul>
  6. 6. When and Why Should the Attic Be Cleaned? <ul><li>When </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spring or Fall, when it is not too cold or too hot. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Items left to accumulate for long periods of time are forgotten or ignored and the space becomes unmanageable. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. RULE OF 5! <ul><li>Attics should be cleaned at least every 5 years! </li></ul><ul><li>If you have not: Seen, thought about, or needed an item for 5 years it should not be in the attic. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Treasures Will You Find? <ul><li>Old clothing – Now Referred to as Vintage! </li></ul><ul><li>Old Books and Holiday Decorations </li></ul><ul><li>Bridal Gowns, Brides Maid and Prom Dresses </li></ul><ul><li>Military Uniforms & Memorabilia </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs, movies, and slides </li></ul><ul><li>Old furniture, children toys and clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Old Trunks filled with relics from previous generations </li></ul><ul><li>How about what you can do with each of these things </li></ul><ul><li>Consignment shop or Good Will/Salvation army </li></ul><ul><li>Who to see about valuing the items </li></ul><ul><li>Consider what to keep for the family/make them take </li></ul><ul><li>eBay </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  9. 9. How To Begin? <ul><li>Schedule an appointment – be specific and keep it! You may need 3-4 appointments over a few weeks! </li></ul><ul><li>Gather supplies, materials, and line up help if you think it will be necessary. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where Do You Begin? <ul><li>Visualize the attic in sections – 4, 6 or 8 – it really does not matter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes smaller is easier. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pick a section and work that one section until you finish. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Categorize the Items Found <ul><li>Section Off Areas and Make Signs (different color paper) to put items in designated area. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Donated to charity </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if item has Value. </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely trash </li></ul>Specifically how, or perhaps have an itemized checklist to give them
  12. 12. Sources for Recycling Treasures <ul><li>Clothing & Furniture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Brother Big Sister; Homeless Veterans; Goodwill, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consignment Shops </li></ul><ul><li>Books – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used Book Shops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charity Bins for used books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Items of Questionable Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Property appraisers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antique Dealers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals who will scan originals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals who restore orginals </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Thousands of Antiques or NOT!! <ul><li>Many wonderful items are in Attics all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of Antiques have come from many of these attics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many were hidden away and rediscovered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on quality, uniqueness, and scarcity of the item </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to take care and concern doing this – you might have that one in a thousand antique </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attic cleanouts are source of great Treasure Hunts, and agony to have to sort through valued treasures </li></ul><ul><li>How to determine whether it’s an antique </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations of who to contact </li></ul><ul><li>Pitfalls </li></ul>
  14. 14. If You Think It Is Antique What Do You Do? <ul><li>Look it over </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Value is based on the condition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dust it off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not use furniture polish! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a photo of the piece </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take measurements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail photo and measurements to antique dealer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What To Do Now? <ul><li>Call auctioneers, consignment shops, etc. to go through all piles to determine if items of value – even trash and charities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo’s of different pieces emailed will determine their interest and if interested they will take the time to come and inspect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is anything of value to be sold –make arrangements to have the item taken away immediately </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THEN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up time for family and friends to come </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Once they determine what they want – they take it away immediately or by a specific date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arrange pick up for donations. </li></ul>Great opportunity for specific handout here that you can show!
  16. 16. How To . . . <ul><li>Find a professional appraiser. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Society of Appraisers – www.appraisers.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask and Answer these questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are you getting appraisal for curiosity or are you planning on selling the item? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is this something other family members need to agree on, or can you make the decision yourself? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If items have little or not value (other than sentimental) what are you going to do with them? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How To . . . <ul><li>Each item for family should be numbered, families should come, mark the items they want, and indicate the date to be removed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each family member has tag with their name, they tag the item, and record the item on a master list. Items not removed by the final date will be donated to charity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Send items for donation to charity </li></ul><ul><li>Once all items are gone all that is left is trash ‒ items that no one wants and is totally unsalvageable! Hire a dumpster or trash person. </li></ul>
  18. 18. How Long Does It Take? <ul><li>Some say it takes too long! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Others will say it was worth every minute, because it gave them a chance to remember, reminisce, laugh, cry, mourn and finally to let go! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>However long it takes it is a process and one that is necessary to move out and move forward! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Special Offer! <ul><li>WITTZ END has a monthly newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>If you sign up for newsletter today, I will send you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of who you need to notify when you move. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of charities, consignment shops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of antique shops and appraisers </li></ul></ul>This is where you reel them in with value-added handout, etc.
  20. 20. WITTZ END Orchestrating and Coordinating Your Next Move! Let us move you from Frazzled to Dazzled! Claire LeSage www.atwittzend.com [email_address]
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