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Monday, April 2, 2018

Announcing the ISA Dealer Directory

Christine Guernsey, ISA CAPP
If you weren’t at Assets 2018, you missed the announcement for the new ISA Dealer Directory. This new directory connects prominent invited and vetted antique, jewelry, fine, and decorative arts dealers with our qualified ISA appraisers across the United States and Canada. The purpose of the Directory is to provide ISA appraisers and dealers opportunities to facilitate appraisals, acquisitions, and the disposition of fine and decorative art as well as antiques and jewelry. The directory is a private subscription-based service for dealers and gives free access of the postings to all ISA members.

Our new ISA Dealer Directory is the first of its kind to be created by a professional appraisal organization. The directory is a private subscription-based service for dealers with free access to all ISA members. The directory provides a unique benefit for our membership with the hope of improved relationships with private dealers and galleries. Whether we are in search of replacement cost information, have a general question about an item, or are helping a client that is interested in working privately to sell an object, our new ISA Dealer Directory can be of great assistance.

The ISA Dealer Directory consists of two sides. The Dealer side is a private, subscription-based directory service where vetted private dealers and galleries are allowed access, providing posts for items they are hoping to find. As appraisers, many of us are the first to know if our client has an item that he or she wishes to sell privately. And the fees from dealers and galleries subscribing to our directory will help fund future ISA member benefits as well!

The Appraisal side, available only to ISA members logged into the ISA website, allows access to all dealer postings for jewelry, antiques, fine art, and decorative accessories free of charge. There are keyword searches in addition to being able to view all postings. Please pay attention to the suggestions on the View Postings page as these helpful guidelines will improve your ability to have more fruitful interactions with dealers. We hope that this new program will enrich your appraisal practice, providing additional opportunities with new avenues for business networking.

After being beta tested with several dealers and ISA appraisers, our new Dealer Directory is now live and can be found by clicking on the Dealer Directory tab in the upper right hand corner of the ISA homepage. I’m very excited about the potential this directory offers ISA and look forward to hearing your thoughts after you have a chance to visit it.

- Christine Guernsey, ISA CAPP

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