When I retired, one of the things I swore we'd get accomplished is some appraisals on the things we own that might (or might not) be valuable.
We have a couple of art works (that I've written about in the past) that need appraising -- for selling or donating -- whichever the case requires.
It's hard to find an art appraiser, especially if you're cheap. I tried all the free ones that are national but everything we own came back as "un-appraise-able," mostly I suspect because the artists are minor and difficult to trace. Eventually I began to send out an email here and there to locals, and decided the first one to respond with a reasonable rate would warrant an appointment.
We heard back today from FaFa Appraisers. Ha! What a silly name -- so fru-fru -- right? The woman owner would do a thirty minute appraisal for $50 which seemed reasonable if we brought the art to her. This is doable except for the mural sized painting over the sofa in the basement -- and for that we'll use a photo and detailed description to see if she should come view it in person.
I don't think we own the equivalent of a lottery ticket (or three tickets?) but at least we'll know what we've actually got. And I can check one more thing off the "to-do" list. With the actual cleaning of the inside of the refrigerator last week, this makes five things checked off the retirement list since a year ago June. Way to go, Milly! Could you move any slower?