Richard is always accessible on Sunday afternoons for free appraisals. He will provide you with as much information as possible about the one or two items you bring in, as well as informing you of their current value. Should you wish to sell the piece(s), Richard will make you an offer on the spot.
Richard is the state's "expert witness" on antiques for Hartford county court cases.
We are more than willing to appraise an item or two for you at our facility on Sunday afternoons (1pm to 4pm) for free. Bring in the items - or a photo of it. This is an unwritten, verbal appraisal. We will tell you what we believe the current value of your item is for the local market. If you have large pieces, numerous items, or wish your entire home contents to be appraised, we will make an appointment to come to your home. Generally, these types of appraisals are for home insurance policies. Or perhaps you are settling an estate and need a court appraisal. Because time is valuable, we must charge for this service. Speak to us directly for an estimate which will be based on the time involved and the number of items being appraised.
Bidding on Estate Contents
We purchase outright. We are not a consignment auction hall. We put our knowlege on the line along with our money. This way there is no risk to you if the auctioneer is unfamiliar with what he is selling, or if the weather plays a factor in the turn-out on auction night. Richard Wacht will come to your home, or the estate address, and give you a bid on the items you wish to dispose of, for free and without obligation. The bid is a single price for the entire lot. If you ask for individual prices, this constitues an apprasial, which we must then charge you for. The Canton Barn always recommends that when selling an estate, that you seek out three bids. An auctioneer, or antiques dealer, dealing fairly, will give you an actual price.
Our position on consignments has been stated earlier.
However, should that be the avenue you need to take, or wish to explore,
the Canton Barn will provide you with
the names of reputable auctioneers to contact.