When you are selling vintage pieces of furniture you will want to get the best price for it. This guide is about selling antique furniture.
I have some antique Stickley dining room furniture for sale and am wondering how to go about selling it. I have it listed in Craiglist and even eBay without success. I have also tried to call several local antique dealers, but without interest. It's a nice set, but not very large.
None of the antique stores offered consignment? I think that's the way I would go if they aren't moving on eBay or Craigslist. They look nice, I would think you could find and antique furniture store that would be happy to try to sell those on consignment. You might ultimately get more selling them directly to someone but that's only if the right person materializes who values them.
Not one of the antique stores offered consignment. I just googled antiques in Indianapolis area. I talked to about six different places and a few outside of Indy. Can you make any suggestions on places I could contact. I also recently contacted Antique Advisors, but haven't heard back from them yet. Any suggestions would be helpful. I'm totally willing to do consignment if it get things moving along. Thank you.
1961 RCA Victor Danish modern cabinet
By Stacey from Phoenix, AZ
You should try local antique shops first.
On a cautionary note - it would not be wise to leave this set in a regular garage for a long period of time.
You could always try "Craigslist" and put it under "antiques". The advertising is free. It is a gorgeous set! Antique dealers have to make money on what they sell so you would be taking a loss on it if you sold it to an antique dealer, I would think.
By Sue C.
A quick search for "Roycroft book case value" produced several offerings of about $250 to $600 each-depending upon age and condition.
We have an older bedroom set of curley maple furniture. It is in pretty good shape. I was wondering how to even begin with selling it. What would a good price be without really taking a hit?
By Jenise B.
Maybe there is an antique dealer near by that would appraise it for you but I would be careful and get more than one opinion.
Take some good photographs and show them to some of the antique dealers or you may want to use an auction house if there is one near by.
I have a 1700s antique Chinese rice bed all hand carved rose wood in good condition. I need to know some history on it and I can't seem to find anything about it. Help. I know it's really rare.
By Mike from Merced, CA
You will likely need to find an antique dealer, or at the very least find an auction house that deals with asian antiques. Beautiful piece.
Is there a site I can post the pictures of my antique furniture to be sold?
Craigslist is available for local sales. You can list on eBay and specify that it is for local pickup only, unless you have the resources to ship it and the buyer wants to pay to ship it.
I have a dining room set made in Philadelphia in 1927. It includes a buffet, hutch, table, and 6 chairs. It does need refinishing. The table was refinished. I am wondering how much I could ask for it?
By Urszula from Brampton, Ontario, Canada
I suggest you search the Craigslist.ca for the city nearest you in the furniture section and see what other people are asking for similar things. Since it needs refinishing your potential market will be smaller since not everyone wants to do the refinishing.
How do I have an antique cabinet appraised before selling the item?
Well, appraisers charge to come and look at anything, and contrary to the television antique shows, the whole thing with antiques is perfect buyer at the perfect time; how likely is that where you live?
I worked in an antique shop for some years, and this is what I would suggest for starters. Take some well lit pictures of your piece. If you have some information about it, take your pictures and start at your library and find some pictures/information and check out at least one or two books. Then start visiting some nice antique stores in your area, and bring both your picture and the book. Talk to people at the store who seem to know something [sometimes the person there doesn't know furniture as well as say glass collectibles]. Look for something similar in the stores, write down what they call theirs, and the prices. Look on line for furniture that is called what you have finally
identified as the name for yours. Like early 19th century quarter sawn oak sideboard [oak cut a certain way]. Ask the advice for pricing from each and every store. It's possible one of the stores will be interested.
Our store did very well pre 9/11, but the years afterward were a huge fall off. Other dealers who shopped our store told the same story. Not sure why. But if you live in an area known for antiques, you may have an advantage.Ask in the stores you check out how antiques are doing. It will make you realistic about a fair but not high offer from any buyer, that you might otherwise turn down.
Also some stores will let you put in your piece on consignment for a percentage. I would try selling it on your own first. In your home, you are competing with nothing. In a store you are competing with all of their similar items, even though you do get exposure.
But you can post on the nearest Craigslist with a picture.
I have two antique matching window chairs, one is a rocker and other is a chair. They have never been refinished. They have the extra spindles. I am planning on putting them in a fundraiser yard sale. Are they to valuable to put in a yard sale? Please help.
By Margaret from Nova Scotia, Canada
Probably, People don't look for things of value to pay any value at a yard sale. They want stuff for next to nothing. Your best bet would be an auction if you know anyone having an auction and they don't mind if you add your chairs. A local newspaper ad. Craigs List on the internet. Or maybe a second had shop that does sales with commission.
I have some antique furniture that I would like to sell at the right price. I do not want to be ripped off. How do I do this?
By anner893 from Flintshire
You could sell them on www.craigslist.com or put them in a consignment shop. At CraigsList, you can place ads and pictures of the items for free and people in your area will reply to the ads.