Heather Dawson, Professional Organizer and Appraiser

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 and we want to assist in curating the next chapter.


Growing up in and around the industry most of her life, Heather has had experience handling many aspects of the appraisal, estate sale and auction business. In the past, she managed client accounts and business development for the online estate sale company Everything But The House. Heather’s company Heirloom Downsizing Solutions and Appraisal Services currently partners with the online auction company  Heather was an employee of Dawson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, a New Jersey Auction Company for over 25 years, where she assisted with many high profile appraisals and auctions. Working on behalf of Dawson’s often in conjunction with Sotheby’s New York, she contributed to the appraisal and liquidation of a vast range of collectibles, jewelry, fine art, furniture and more. 

Heather apprenticed under Linda J. Dawson, who was a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers (A.S.A.) and Appraisers Association of America (A.A.A.), and an appraiser on Public Television’s “Antiques Roadshow”.  While retired, Linda Dawson remains active in the online auction world on a part time basis and collaborates with Heather from time to time on a consultation basis.


Heather Dawson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Education at Syracuse University with a Minor in Drama. She completed her student teaching in Learning Disabilities at Columbia University Teachers College. She attended the NYU American Association of Appraisers Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisal Course. In addition, she completed the International Society of Appraisers core course along with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.


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. 

 In 2018 Heather founded Heirloom Appraisal Services and Downsizing Solutions. In addition to curating and managing online estate sale auctions,  Heirloom Appraisal Services and Downsizing Solutions provides clients with appraisals 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, designer costume jewelry and decorative art. Heather can assist clients in decluttering, repurposing and rightsizing a space. In addition, she can advise clients on what can be sold and manage the selling process. 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.  Contact Heather Dawson at 843-437-9308 or