Barbara J. Pickett MCA, DD

Call or Text (562) 208-8909

Professional Background

Barbara has completed the following education:






Graduate Certified Appraiser

Master Certified Appraiser

Graduate Gemology Appraiser Certificate

Current Certification

Doctorate of Divinity

While attending classes she worked with Dr. David Long, Owner and President of the College for Appraisers, as his Administrative Assistant. During this time Dr. David Long mentored her in the history of antiques and collectibles, professional appraisal business practices and appraisal theory.

Barbara realized early on that many of her clients were going through major life changes and a great deal of her work involved counseling in one form or another. In order to better provide for her clients, she worked towards a Doctorate in Divinity with emphasis in Spiritual Counseling. 

For your Peace of Mind, Barbara has Passed a full Background Check. 

Additional Education

International Society of Appraisers

Core Course in Appraisal Studies

The Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents  

California State University, Long Beach

Certificate in Textiles Collections Management

American Quilter's Society

Quilt Appraising Course Series

National Quilting Association

Quilt Judging Course Series

Gemological Institute of America

Pearls and Pearl Grading

Counter Sketching

Barbara believes continuing education is important to maintain appraisal skills and allow for professional growth and development. She regularly attends courses seminars on Glass, Pottery, Rugs, Costume & Clothing, Quilts & Textiles, Sports Memorabilia, Furniture, Folk Art, Fine Arts, Jewelry, and other topics which relate to the Origins, History and Appraising of Personal Property.

Professional Affiliations

Antiques and Collectibles National Association

Costume Society of America

California Citrus Label Society

Gemological Institute of America Alumni

Additional Experience

Barbara has spoken or given seminars for groups such as:

The College for Appraisers

Friends of Los Alamitos Library

Rossmoor Woman's Club

Temple Beth David, Westminster

Huntington Beach Antique Collectors Club

Signal Hill Public Library

Torrance Adult School Antiques & Collectibles Class

Barbara regularly performs valuation or "edu-tainment" clinics at such venues as Street Fairs, Charity Fund Raisers and Swap Meets.

Some of these venues include: Verde Valley Fairgrounds (Cottonwood, Arizona), Signal Hill Library, The Rose Bowl (Pasadena), The Saugus Swap Meet (Santa Clarita), Rancho Los Cerritos Museum (Long Beach), Rolling Hills Estates Community Center (American Association of University Women), The Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa Antiques Show, Palos Verdes Art Center, Whittier Street Fair, City of Orange Street Fair, St. Mary's Hospital (Long Beach), Morningside of Fullerton Retirement Community.

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To gain some insight into Barbara's philosophy about Appraising:

Download a copy of Barbara's Article which was published in the October 2013 issue of Collector Magazine.

  Member in Good Standing

Antiques and Collectibles National Association