Certified Appraisal Services

Ellen Johnson is a certified personal property appraiser and a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. She completed a rigorous course on how to appraise furniture, antiques, and other personal property.

Her areas of emphasis included IRS appraisal requirements, estate and gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, insurance appraisals and appraisals for divorce or casualty loss.

Ellen attended the Guild’s expert witness seminar and has been trained in preparing appraisals for court and testifying as an expert witness. She was also required to pass a comprehensive exam as part of the certification process.

The Certified Appraisers Guild of America is the largest educator of personal property appraisers in the U.S. Members must make a commitment to the Certified Appraisers Guild Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.


To establish the fair market values for your personal property, Chrisalin uses a number of research techniques. Armed with a tablet and Wifi, staff research every major item in your sale by using the Web. They also have a large group of experts from jewelers, to oriental rug specialists, to antique furniture dealers who they call upon to help determine the value of a specific costly item. Extra care and time are taken to ensure that your items are priced accurately and fairly for the marketplace.

Chrisalin maintains an extensive data base of all major items sold for its clients during the previous three-year period. Brands, condition, original purchase price etc. are included in this data base. This data is used to set prices for items of similar quality, age and condition.