Determining the Value of Old Estate China

I'm cleaning out an old estate and there is so much china. I don't know the value on anything. I'm cleaning out boxes, etc.
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March 22, 20190 found this helpful

Put in Royal Doulton Windermere in eBay and found that people who are selling are asking a lot. Prices start at $10 for just one plate. m.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057...

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

Since you say you have so much china it would be to your benefit to take some steps to acquaint yourself with different ways to find the value of the pieces you have.
Anyone on this site will have to take each piece and research the brand name and the pattern name on sites like Google, eBay, Etsy to see if any of these pieces has recently sold as that will give us/you the current market value.

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Since you have the pieces in front of you it should be easy to do this research and you also have the information as to how many pieces you have of each pattern.

You can find listings for most of these patterns but asking prices only show what sellers would like to receive for their pieces. Only pieces that have sold will give you any current value. eBay is the favored site for current value and you just enter the brand and the pattern name and check the left side of the page for sold listings.

You can also check each brand/pattern on Requirements.com to see if they have any for sale.

You can also request information from Requirements but they will not give you a value of your china pieces. However, they will tell you the correct brand name and pattern name and will inform you if they have any of those pieces in stock (with prices).

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www.replacements.com/identify.htm

You can also ask them if they are interested in purchasing any of your pieces.

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March 24, 20190 found this helpful

I am pretty good with old china and sales as I have done a lot over the years. Since you seem to have a glut, I suggest three things...one is a lot of work and one is the easiest and one is in the middle. Spoiler alert--the easiest is probably the best one.

The lot of work is to take photos and send to replacements.com as someone suggested and ask them to send you their sell/bid sheets. The "lot of work part" is you then have to package it all up (VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY) carefully (unless you are in NC and near their store and then you can take it and then ship them. You risk (and this happens almost every day) that they will not get there in one piece AND if you are not an expert on china, Replacements will NOT give you the original value they quoted you because they find flaws in pieces that the novice would overlook). They will tell you if they are buying or not and how much the items will fetch. The fetch part is all over the board depending on the supply and demand in their warehouse.

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I have in the past (5-7 years ago) done very well with this site (selling), but in the most recent past--like 2 weeks ago, everything I sent them they said they are not buying. I think this Kondo or Kondi or whatever her name is purge thing for people to do to their homes--that whole does it bring me joy thing she has on Netflix (which I have never seen by the way) has caused Replacements to be OVERLOADED with dishes. Needless to say, i found this very disappointing.

The easiest thing to do is find a decent consignment shop in your town and pack them up and have them sell them for you and you get a percentage of the sale. They will value the pieces and you will get a percentage. It is out of your house, not shipping, no muss, no fuss, collect your money and you are done. My vote is here!

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There is a middle place--which is to look up every brand on eBay or Replacements yourself and see what they are fetching and then put them for sale on Next Door or Facebook marketplace. I have had ZERO luck with this method for dishes--other stuff, YES, but dishes, no. Remember these sites are RETAIL values, you will have to cut your value by at least 1/3 to 1/2 as you are not store and buyers will not pay the average person big bucks. You will also have to have people come to your house, you will have no shows and people who agree on a price and then try to back out and low ball you. TOO MUCH HASSLE for me!

The cold hard facts are (sadly) most millennials don't want dishes like this and the older folks (like me) are trying to get rid of all the sets that were left by grandparents, parents, and aunts and uncles. There is a HUGE glut of dishes in the market today and very, very, very few have much value.

Now if you are cleaning something out and they are free to you, it is free money--which is good..but remember your time is your most valuable resource and spending a lot of time on this will NOT give you a good return on investment! I learned this from experience.

Post back what you decide and how much you get for the items! I hope I am wrong about the values and where you are there is a huge demand which gets you good prices. Pittsburgh, not so much for demand and values are about as low as they get.

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