The old adage - An item is only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it – certainly holds true when determining the value of collectables. What you may think, feel, believe, an item is worth may not be the items true worth. While you may have an idea of the approximate value of an item, it is not until you attempt to sell that item and see what people are willing to pay for it, that you will get an accurate idea of the true value of your collectable.
Many online sites on antiquing and collecting have sprung up over the past several years. Some of these sites offer to give an online appraisal of a collectable. Most of these sites charge a fee, but other sites offer their services at no charge.
The Internet has also opened the door to online communities with members having a similar interest in antiques and collecting. I antique online - http://www.iantiqueonline.com - is comprised of a wide membership base of like-minded collectors that are very willing to share and guide you in not only determining value, but also help should you be selling an item. They also allow members to share with each other items that are for sale, along with pictures.
I antique online not only offers the collector the social interaction with people who share the same interests, but the expertise that can be found among fellow members can be extremely helpful in determining the value of collectables.