Gary Germer

Portland, Oregon

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Last updated on Jan 17, 2019

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Gary Germer

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Gary Germer


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About GaryGermer

Sales 371
On Etsy since 2012

From Betty Boop Chalkware to Liberace Hot Nuts Dispenser

Gary Germer is known for his knowledge and professionalism in the antique industry. But beyond that people are drawn to Gary because of his kind nature, generosity, and ability make you genuinely laugh. As an appraiser, he knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff. He should, he's been doing it for over 30 years.

“I’ve done everything from high-end art to bags of dirt,” Germer said with an amused smile. “Yes. Dirt. This guy had an organic soil company that went out of business and he donated his last inventory. So I evaluated the dirt.”

Sometimes, value turns up in the oddest places.

When working with another local client Gary found a prize that ended up selling for tens of thousands of dollars.

“It was a woman sorting out her aunt’s estate, and the aunt had five of the ugliest figures you ever saw,” Germer said. “It was four people and a bear with blood coming out of its mouth. I thought, ‘this is really well made — but how can anybody craft something this nice that’s also this hideous?’”

The answer seems obvious in retrospect: The Nazis made it.

After some research, Germer found that the set was made by Allach, a ceramics company owned by Heinrich Himmler from 1936-1945. The most rare piece was the growling, sword-wielding porcelain bear, which was a commemorative piece designed to celebrate Finland (forcibly) joining the Axis powers in 1941.

“I put them up on our blog site ( and within one day, I had calls from all over the world. “And (the niece) was going to pack them up and give them to Goodwill.”

Often times the items that are most valuable aren’t the obvious ones. Once he went to a client’s house to look at a China cabinet, which turned out to be worthless. Sitting next to it, though, were two beer steins worth about $5,000 each, he said.

“That piece that your grandma keeps telling you is worth money isn’t, but that weird thing sitting next to it — that might be worth a fortune,”

Collecting is also somewhat in the eye of the beholder, says Gary. He collects a few things that just have sentimental value to him. “I like things that make me laugh,” Germer said. “My favorite is my Betty Boop chalkware and my Liberace Hot Nuts dispenser.”

The Betty Boop figure, like most chalkware (which are gypsum or plaster figurines), was made during the Great Depression. He likes it because his daughters, when they were babies, used to hike themselves up next to the table it was on to stare at it, he said. “How could I ever get rid of it after that?” Gary said.

At the Gary Germer & Associates we may be small in number (there's 5 of us) but we're a work family that is big in heart and dreams. We know that everything has a story; we like to discover those stories and share them with you.

*Quotes from Gary's interview with The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, WA.

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Shop members

  • Gary Germer

    Owner, Appraiser

    Gary is Portland's most respected antique, fine art & personal property appraiser. He has built a career in helping people discover more about their treasures. He is our fearless leader that inspires us and makes us laugh daily.

  • Marie

    Marketer, Appraiser

    Marie began as the marketing manager in 2012 & has also been trained as an appraiser. She is a single super-mom of 8-year-old twin girls & 7-year-old boy. If she finds a spare moment she likes to read, write, take pictures & enjoys movies & music.

  • Jason Roskelley

    Office Manager

    Jason has been working with GG&A since Dec 2012 helping out with estate sales & on-call work. Later, in 2013, he moved to the office full-time where he began and continues to herd the cats. Uhm, that would be help Gary Germer & his associates.

  • Beth Papalas

    Online Sales, Shipper, Photographer

    Beth is a genius when it comes to taking photos, researching and posting our treasures online! When she's not rockin' our retail she loves spending time with friends and loves anything and everything to do with cute, furry little kitties!

  • Ed Kitson

    Project Manager, Appraiser

    Ed has an extensive background in material culture including a first career in archaeology. He likes to garden, expand his knowledge of arcane info as well as create sculptures & lighting. He has just become a first-time father a beautiful baby girl.

  • In Loving Memory of Ron Crutcher-Foltz

    Estate Sale Manager

    Ron wasn't only our co-worker but our friend & more like family. He helped Gary build this company into what it is today. He was a jack-of-all-trades but really shined as the Estate Sale Mgr. In our thoughts & hearts Dec 23rd, 1974 to Dec 14th, 2015

Shop policies

Last updated on July 12, 2018
Thank you for shopping with Gary Germer & Associates. We appreciate your patronage. Gary Germer is one of Portland’s most respected antique & personal property appraisers & estate broker. ISA certified and in the business for over 30 years. Gary has worked hard to build a name that is synonymous with integrity, honesty & good humor. We strive to only improve this reputation.

Please expect prompt, friendly service. The authenticity of all items is guaranteed. Your purchases will arrive as described, as pictured and well packed.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are not pleased with your Gary Germer purchase, simply contact us by email or phone within 3 days of delivery of your item to arrange for its return and a refund of the purchase price. We will acknowledge your return request and you must ship the item back to the shop within 3 days of the acknowledgement:
The item must be returned via the original carrier (unless agreed otherwise in writing), in its original packaging, insured for its purchased price, and must be received in the same condition as when it was shipped to you with the shop's tags and identifying marks intact. We recommend you use delivery tracking and get a delivery receipt. The buyer pays for return shipping and insurance, unless agreed otherwise between the buyer and shop owner. After the shop owner verifies the returned item is as originally sent, we will issue a full refund less any shipping costs. For protection of both the shop owner and buyer, when making a refund via personal check or money order to a buyer, the shop owner is required to send the refund to the buyer in a traceable manner where receipt confirmation can be verified.
We accept PayPal, money order, checks and major credit cards over the phone. All orders not paid in full within 7 business days will be cancelled, unless prior layaway arrangements have been made in writing. Orders payed by check will ship once the check has cleared, usually 7 business days. If you would like to pay by credit card over the phone please choose "other" for payment method and send a note with your purchase order.
Buyer pays actual shipping, handling and insurance. All items ship professionally packed and fully insured. In the very unlikely event that your purchase arrives damaged, please contact us right away to get the claims process initiated and be sure to keep all of the original packing materials. Please do not return the damaged item without contacting us or the shipper first. If you purchase more than one item we will pack your purchases together, when possible, to help save you money on shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
- Layaway is available, and can be requested prior to purchase.

- Items that you choose to utilize layaway are priced at full listing price. We are unable to offer discounts or accept offers on layaway items.

- Layaway Plan Maximum Duration: 2 months from purchase date

- Payment Method: selected prior to purchase via USPS money order, credit card or Paypal. We DO NOT accept personal checks or other money orders for layaway

- Down Payment Required: 1/3 of total price (listed price + shipping/insurance)

- Returns are not accepted on layaway items, but are accepted on non-layaway items

- Exchanges Accepted: Yes, customer will be refunded less a 20% restocking fee

- Cancellation Fee: No payments are refunded, please be sure you will be able to pay off the item prior to creating a layaway agreement with us.

**Please remember that we are a small business and do want to work WITH you to make this as advantageous for both us as sellers and you as buyers!