My favorite books, these are the books that we actually use to research our own items! Whatever it is that you are researching, there is almost certainly a book that specializes in it. Use the power of true experts in their field to research your items! This way you can find out what they’re really worth.
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General Antiques Price Guides – Our Recommendations
Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2014 – As you would expect from the Kovel’s, this is a very good general reference guide with prices that are pretty spot on for the most part. Top Recommendation – Highest Rated Price Guide for 2014
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 Price Guide – This is the guide I get nearly every year. Warman’s books are always an excellent addition to your reference library. Highly recommended!
Miller’s Antiques Price Guide 2014-2015 – If you only buy 1 price guide this year, make it this handy, carry along style guide. a bit larger this year, but a wonderful guide to take along with you to garage sales, estate sales, auctions and the like. This 2014-2014 version is highly rated and highly recommended!
Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2014 Price Guide – The real attraction of this book is the thousands of full color photos and the very latest prices from both auctions and dealers. It gets high ratings for good reason. Highly recommended!
Schroeder’s Antiques Price Guide, 2011 – While this price guide seems to be outdated now, you can get it very cheap and its a big book loaded with full color photos of a wide variety of antiques and collectibles, this is one of my favorites, though it seems they don’t publish every year. The size and amount of photos is a big draw here. A wonderful resource for identification, rather than valuation. Highly recommended!
Garage Sale and Flea Market Annual – Values and descriptions for over 25,000 items that are typically found at garage sales and flea markets. Covers a lot of ground as far as variety of items. Not updated every year, but its still a great resource to have on hand, especially if you love garage sales and flea markets! Highly recommended!
Great Specialty/Niche Books
I’ve only recommended the top books in these particular niches, but there are certainly more out there for each niche.
For Researching Jewelry —
Warman’s Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide – This is my absolute favorite book for jewelry. Includes identification information and valuations of both costume and fine jewelry. Covers jewelry from the 1700’s up until today. If you just got a box of old jewelry at a garage sale, this is the book you want by your side as you sift through it. Same goes for anyone who has inherited a piece, this book covers a lot. If you only get one book on jewelry, this is the one, as others always focus on niches in jewelry like fine jewelry only or costume jewelry only, this one covers it all.
For Researching Kitchen Collectibles —
300 Years Of Kitchen Collectibles – For kitchen collectibles, this is one of the best references. Tons of research information, pointers, lots of black and white pictures, prices and lots more information. A huge book with tons of good information, highly recommended.
For Researching Silver Jewelry —
Collectible Silver Jewelry Identification and Value Guide – Written and compiled by a well respected expert in the area, this is a must have reference for anyone collecting or researching their silver jewelry.
For Researching Glass —
Collectible Glassware from the 40s, 50s, 60s 10th Edition – Covers a number of types of glassware from these decades.
Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era: Identification and Value Guide – If you have any depression glass to research, this is the reference for you.
Warman’s Carnival Glass: Identification and Price Guide – The essential guide for researching that lovely carnival glass you may have.
For Coins Research —
A Guidebook of United States Coins 2014: The Official Red Book (Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins) – This is the most updated and accurate coin guide you can find on US coins.
For Researching Dolls —
Doll Values – Antique to Modern – A top reference book for dolls.
For Researching Pottery —
Anchor Hocking’s Fire-King & More, 4th Edition – An essential book if you have any Fire-King items.
For Researching Toys —
O’Brien’s Collecting Toys: Identification and Value Guide – An essential reference for antique and vintage toys.
For Researching Hummels —
The Official Hummel Price Guide: Figurines & Plates – Absolutely the definitive Hummel price guide, if you have Hummel’s, this is the book you need.
For Researching Civil War Items —
Warman’s Civil War Collectibles Identification and Price Guide – Loaded with identification and value information for just about any type of civil war collectible you have, and 1500 photos in color.