Heather Dawson, Appraiser and Downsizing Organizer, ISA, USPAP Compliant

The mission of Heirloom Appraisal Services and Downsizing Solutions is to guide the transition of all things cherished. We believe that the things we keep tell our story.

Heather Dawson was born into a family owned and managed Auction and Appraisal business in Bernardsville, New Jersey. The company started as a grass roots tag sale company in the mid 1970’s and grew into a reputable, regional auction company that partnered with Christie’s and Sothebys often. Heather worked in her families auction and appraisal business from age 13 years old to adulthood. She apprenticed as an appraiser with her mother, Linda Dawson, (a former ASA regional chair and former Antiques Roadshow Appraiser). Heather attended the NYU American Association of Appraisers course in 1996. Since then, she has completed ISA’s core coursework and the recent 2018 USPAP compliance course. 

Heather studied education at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. She went on to complete her student teaching in the field of special needs and learning disabilities at Columbia Universities Teachers College in NY, NY. Heather worked as a Special Education teacher in New York, New Hampshire and Colorado. During that time, she owned a small antiques and vintage resale business on and in various antique store spaces. The love for antiques and collectibles has stayed with her consistently. 

Eventually, Heather transitioned from teaching back into the auction and valuation industry. She worked for the online auction company, Everything But The House, (, as an estate sale specialist. After some time working for she started her own company, Heirloom Appraisal Services and Organizing Solutions and began working as a personal property appraisal work with a unique twist! The twist is the incorporation of her passion for professional organizing and her mission to help everyone downsize/rightsize their home!  Heirloom Appraisal Services and Downsizing Solutions provides clients with valuations for estate planning, insurance purposes, damages claims, probate assignments and divorce settlements. Heather is able to appraise collectibles, furniture, silver, porcelain, china, mid century modern items, contemporary household items, tools, designer costume jewelry and decorative art. Heather can assist clients in decluttering, unpacking and setting up a new home, as well as the straight forward organizing of any space.  In addition, she can advise clients on what can be sold and the most efficient avenues for making that happen. See her blog article, “What is the best way to sell my things?”

Please reach out to learn how Heirloom’s services can be tailored to fit your needs.  Call Heather Dawson at 303-475-7069