Arts & Antiques

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Avoiding Heirloom Damage by Dr. Lori Verderame

Dr. Lori Verderame

About a week ago, a friend called me in a panic. She realized that her sump pump failed and there was water all over her basement. After calling in the plumbers and the clean up team, she called me to ask if there was any way that she can save her beloved childhood scrapbooks. She told me, “While you had always told me not to store my scrapbooks in the basement, I had them up […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Top 10 Valuable Valentine Collectibles

by Dr. Lori Valentines Day falls on February 14th and honors the Christian martyr, St. Valentine. Persecuted by the Roman Emperor in 273 AD, St. Valentines feast day is now highlighted with the gifting of flowers, sharing symbols of love and sweets like candy and cakes, and sending romantic cards. While St. Valentine presented the flowers from his garden to young lovers in order to promote the Catholic sacrament of matrimony, the February 14th holiday […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Online Selling in the Age of Covid – 19

2.President Benjamin Harrison White House dinner plate worth $1,000, bought at a yard sale for $1 and sold with Dr. Lori’s help.

by Dr. Lori Verderame When you think of,,, Facebook marketplace,, and other sites for online selling, you probably think about electronics, toys, kitchen items, jewelry, paintings, magazines, clothes, doorknobs, bikes, celebrity autographs, and just about everything—old or new–else! Working or non-working condition doesn’t even matter when it comes to selling stuff online. Many people are selling online and I’m showing them how to do it with instructional videos about how to […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Dumpster or No Dumpster? Dr. Lori’s Antiques Quiz

Spode holiday platter

by Dr. Lori Verderame When cleaning out grandma’s attic, are you making decisions based on memories, just guessing an object’s value as you go? When it comes to your valuable objects, would you recognize the treasures from the trash?  My quiz game, “Dumpster or No Dumpster” will help you to use your antiques knowledge to determine whether you should throw something out or keep it. You may have already done this when you were downsizing, […]