Grandma’s Favorite Painting
Art isn’t always in the eye of beholder when it comes to spotting something of value. When Linda Magnusson, ASA PP; Antiques & Decorative Art of the Magnusson Group in Morristown, New Jersey, showed up for a consultation with a client, it was her keen eye that spotted a forgotten painting hidden behind a piano. “Ironically, it was the painting that my client didn’t like and had forgotten about that turned out to be the most valuable,” Magnusson notes. Her client ended up with a six-figure payout! Here are some great art books that might help you spot a masterpiece. You’ll adore these unexpected attic rooms.
Old Toys Can Have a Second Chance
In the movie Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their fellow stuffed and plastic friends get relegated to abuse after being mistakenly discarded at a daycare center. Perhaps if Andy had sold them on eBay before heading off to college he would have made some cash to buy books. Sandy Graves of Mountainside New Jersey says “I was cleaning out my daughter’s playroom. Since she is now 14-year old, stuff has been collecting dust, and I was going to toss this old dollhouse. I ended up putting it on eBay and made over $100 because it was a vintage Little Tikes dollhouse. It was well-loved by my daughter, my niece (now 20) and originally by my brother-in-law’s niece (now 27). Now a lovely little girl in Illinois will enjoy it!” If you store valuables in your attic, make sure to seal up any leaks.
Some would agree that money found in between couch cushions or while doing the laundry automatically fall under the “finders keepers losers weepers” clause, but what about money in the ceiling? When Josh Ferrin of Bountiful, Utah went poking around the garage of the new home he’d recently purchased, he came across a “hidey-hole” in the ceiling filled with boxes of rolled up cash. After he and his family spent a few hours counting up the $45,000 worth of loot he decided to return it all to the previous owners. “I’ve got two boys and we teach them to be honest and to do what is right and I knew this was a teachable moment that I would never get back again,” Ferrin told ABC News. Want to turn your attic into a livable space? We’ll walk you through it step by step.