Age of a Lou Regester Lingerie Chest?

How old is this Lou Regester lingerie chest? We purchased it from someone who said it was from the 1950s or 1960s. The label on the inside drawer says Lou Regester, but no place where it was made nor model number. However, I am from the Phoenix, Arizona area and saw that there was a company based in Phoenix and Tucson, so the dresser could have been made here.
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July 1, 20200 found this helpful

If there is nothing that indicates the model of the set you have purchased maybe it is a good idea to contact the company in your area. You could be right that this was made right there in your hometown. They should be able to help you out a bit more than one of us can here. We normally need more information than this to help a person find out a bit more about the items they are asking about.

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July 1, 20200 found this helpful

Apparently this company made furniture in your area starting in 1948 but was probably small and never made it big. It seems they went into selling furniture (may have started with their own pieces) and still have at least one store.
Survey sites show they have 1-5 employees with an annual sales of $500,000 - small company.
It's possible you could contact the store and see if anyone works there that knows anything about their original furniture.

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Here are some links that have a little information - telephone numbers and addresses.

www.arizonacorporates.com/.../70431.html

start.cortera.com/.../

This site just shows they belong to a group of furniture companies.

www.furnitureworld.info/.../lou-regester

This is interesting - doors?

www.facebook.com/.../

You may be able to place some sort of value by searching other similar lingerie chest on eBay or Etsy (and other sites).
It probably was from the 50-60's so search for similar age pieces (mid-century) as that seems about when these were popular.

You really need to find some sold pieces but that may not happen as eBay is about the only site that shows sold items.
The condition and your area will determine a large part of the value as you will have to sell it as pick up only and people in your area may be into this type or totally not interested.

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All you do is try - list it for sale on several sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, offerup, letgo and any others you know of. Show several pictures with measurements and approximate age. Start your price high - $250- $400 and see if anyone is interested - if not - lower the price.
List it on several sites and maybe you'll get lucky.

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July 2, 20200 found this helpful

I love learning so thanks for sharing this!

If the resources cybergrannie don't get you where you need to go to value and date this piece--I have two suggestions...

1. There is a Facebook group that looks like it has ties to the original family. The link is:

www.facebook.com/.../

2. It looks like a member of the original family has a LinkedIn page:

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www.linkedin.com/.../john-regester-8015a7121?challengeId...

They may be able to help you.

Furniture values are so regional and subjective, but since this piece is unusual and it seems that the company has an interesting history for your town, you may find there are other ways to share it--like if it is a good example, there may be an opportunity to have a local museum buy the piece (or if you are so inclined) donate it and get a tax right off if you can.

I suggest the latter because my family and I have donated a lot of items to the local Heinz History Center in my city. It is so exciting when we can go (pre COVID) and see things when they are displayed!! Plus when there is history involved, it is so amazing to share!

Post back what you learn!

Thanks for the post!

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July 2, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for all of the great responses. I have a lot of work to do.

Also, I believe the company is out of business in the Phoenix area.

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