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Determining the Value of Vintage Furniture

October 5, 2020

A wooden sideboard.This is a set with 4 chairs, 2 chairs with arms (pictured), a table with two expansion leaves, a credenza (pictured) and a buffet with hutch (pictured). My parents bought it used in about 1967. It is stamped Sligh furniture, Grand Rapids Chair Co. Is it worth getting appraised?

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A wooden dining room cabinet.
 
A dining room chair with a plaid seat.
 

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Sligh furniture is a well respected name in furniture and your set is definitely worth having appraised. You could try searching for licensed appraisers in your area and call and ask for an approximate cost of an appraisal done in your home so you will have some idea of the cost before you sign a contract.
As to selling: several factors will help determine the final value of any furniture. Location - pick up site - area and Condition are the biggest factors after the overall value is determined.

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You should know that, as a general rule, furniture is not a quick seller and many sets/pieces are listed for sale for years before they sell. But, the final price is your decision and when you set the price and receive no 'offers' then you can always reduce the price and go from there.

You can always go online for free appraisals while you're deciding about an in-home appraisal.
These sites provide a lot of information when the pieces are of value - such as your set.
They also provide information on auctions that you might be interested in taking your set to but that would be up to you.
Your location will have a lot to do with the bottom line value as most furniture is sold as local pick up only.
Sometimes someone will see a set like this and be willing to pay for freight shipping but that is rare.
These sites require several pictures of all of the pieces as they will be putting their name to a set and the better the pictures the better the information.

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Sligh company was in business from 1880 until 1932 so we know your set was made before 1932.
You can post your pictures to several sites to see what each one tells you.
I think you will be very happy to have one of these appraisals even if you decide on an in-house appraisal.

antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html

History:
www.vintagefurnitureguide.com/.../

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So this brand always confuses me because there is a Sligh that is still around in some form these two pieces look very mid century modern--which would not be from the original Sligh from 1932 and older. I could be wrong, but, I am a bit of an MCM geek and this fits my geek googles pretty well!

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I have not found an exact set to yours to put a value on it, but you could always talk to your insurance company to see if it is worth having an appraisal for insurance (replacement) costs.

Personally, there is very little furniture out there worth putting riders on and having appraisals for insurance but that is just me. Most can be covered well under a regulars home owner policy if something happens to them.

If you are asking to resell, that is a totally different value.

I will poke around and see what I can find to see if I have found any similar that have sold and if I do, I will post back.

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May 25, 2018

I'm wanting to buy a flour bin cabinet from a friend and am not sure what to offer. It's got the flour bin and sugar canister all intact and bread draw it has been painted white, but I cannot find a label of brand or year any thoughts?

Value of Flour Bin Cabinet - Hoosier Style Cabinet
 

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What a beautiful piece! Doing business with friends can be tricky. Also there are so many factors that figure into market value of furniture/antiques (condition, age, and even supply and demand in your area). You don't want to over or under pay.

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Have you considered getting 2-3 bids from a local antique dealers and then offering her an average of the bids? Some dealers offer bids based on detailed photos, others may want to see it in person. Hope you are able to make a good deal!!

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These cabinets are becoming more rare so I believe the value will be steady or increase as time goes on. Hopefully you can offer a reasonable price that will be fair to you and your friend.

  • If you offer a price and it is accepted, I hope that someone in the future does not tell your friend, "you really got cheated - that cabinet was worth 3 times that amount!". This does happen quite frequently so be careful when dealing/buying where friends are involved.
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  • I have a similar cabinet that I inherited from my mother (only mine is all original) and I consider mine as "priceless" so that is no help to you but I would recommend that you ask for an appraisal before making an offer.
  • Any refurbishing that is done to antique/vintage pieces lowers the value (usually lowers it by 1/2 or more to real collectors) and since this one has been painted remember to include that fact in any research as that means the value will be lower than an original piece.
  • This cabinet is called a Hoosier Cabinet and was probably made between 1900-1950 but I would think closer to 1930-1950 (but many were also made in the 50's).
  • There were many styles and sizes produced so it is difficult to research as you may never see an exact same piece for sale or sold.
  • www.etsy.com/.../vintage-hoosier-kitchen-cupboard...
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2053587...
  • There are several sites that offer free appraisals but check them out first so you know "free" is not a gimmick.
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
  • A better option is Barneby's but they charge $17.
  • www.barnebys.com/.../

I hope you and your friend can reach an agreeable price that sets well with both so you can purchase a lovely and very useful "keepsake" and not lose a friend in the process.

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January 22, 2021

I have acquired this chair and know nothing about it. I would like to know what it's worth and a little history behind it, now that I'm getting interested in antiques. I was told it could be worth something.

It has 1780 or 1730 stamped on the bottom with a green imperial on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

An old wooden chair.
 
Value of Wooden Chair?
 
Value of Wooden Chair?
 
An old wooden chair.
 
An old wooden chair.
 
An old wooden chair.
 
An old wooden chair.
 
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February 9, 2021

I am debating whether to try and get the thin layer of paint off before selling this, but am not sure if that's possible without a lot of trouble. I was listing this for $125, but had a few people wanting it that I know are dealers so now I'm wondering if this is worth more than I think.

There are some label/markings on the back in another language. Any idea of its worth or suggestions on how to get the paint off the top and side and top drawer?

A chest of drawers with the top drawer painted partly white.
 
The side of the dresser with white paint at the top and back.
 
The open drawer construction.
 
The open drawer construction.
 
A marking on the back of the furniture.
 
Chinese labels on the back of the furniture.
 
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July 21, 2020

I have not been able to find anything remotely similar on the internet to find the value of this dining table. It's 8 legs, gateway (I believe it's called), drop leaf, cherry, original finish 42 x 76 inches (a tad wobbly).

A dining table with the sides down.
 
A dining table with the sides up.
 

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Jefferson woodworking co, KY is the company that has made this table. If this is the only mark you can find and this is a company name this would be the first place to start searching. I have found a table on eBay from this company and they are asking $475 for this table. Keep in mind this is not the exact table as the one you have so the price will vary. www.ebay.com/.../372016916962

You can directly contact this company and it is located in Jefferson Woodworking Co. Louisville, Ky. I would also try and speak with an antique company in your area and see what the value of these tables sells for around you. They would be the best way to find out how much a person in your area is willing to pay for a table.

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So my understanding is there are a number of companies who could have made the table--that the Jefferson Wood Working Company made the slides only--not the table.

You may want to contact the University of Louisville, KY to see if they have on record who else made the tables using the slides. The Jefferson Woodworking Company had a historical presence there.

This company is NOT related to a company still in existence called Jefferson Woodworking Inc or LLC or something like that. Two different companies.

Value is really based on supply and demand for the piece in your area. Where I am this table would probably sell for less than $300, maybe as low as $25 to $50. Where you are it could be high in demand and sell for much more.

I see them all around the country (not the exact style) as you said, but similar tables and they are all over the place in asking price and sadly most sit unsold.

If you have a consignment store in your town, ask them how much it would cost to buy your table--that would give you the retail value where you are and then you can expect to sell it for 1/4 to 1/8 of retail for your area.

Post back with an update! Thanks for sharing!

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You can find many tables similar to yours for sale all over the US and the prices will vary between $75 to several thousand but finding sold tables is more difficult.

www.google.com/search?source=univ&tbm=isch&q=vintage...

Many sellers list tables as 'antique' but have no proof and this is a dangerous game as a buyer can have it appraised and if not shown as antique they can and usually do, demand their money back.
Your table is probably vintage and if in excellent condition might sell for several hundred dollars - but, just as Pghgirl said in her answer - location will affect the final sale price.
Most of Florida is not a good place to sell this type of table and may not bring even $75.

You might want to list it on local venues like Facebook Marketplace, letgo, offerup, as you can start with a higher price and lower it if no one shows an interest. These sites let you list as -pick up only'.

You can also ask your question on this site:

instappraisal.com/

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July 8, 2021

This is a very odd table. The top opens up to a storage area. I believe it's mahogany. I'm interested in any info. maybe age? It's presently out for water damage repair. Plant water seepage damaged the top and my man now has it to restore the lid to its former beauty. If someone knows a value, fine - but I'm not interested in selling.A vintage wooden table with storage underneath.

 

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November 29, 2020

We would like to know information about the style and believe it was made 07/25/69. We are interested in knowing its resale value as well. Thanks in advance!

A round side table with a large cabinet.
 
The top of a side table.
 
A side table that opens up.
 
A label on the bottom of a side table.
 

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January 14, 2020

This desk was used even when I bought it 25 years ago, so I don't know the exact age. I listed it on Facebook for $75 and someone messaged me saying it might be worth a lot more if it's French provincial. I know it's not an actual antique, but in researching, I saw pieces labeled French Provincial from the second half of the 20th century going for a couple hundred dollars.

How do I know if it's valuable?

Value of a Vintage Desk - white desk with hutch, gold trim and three drawers on the left
 
Value of a Vintage Desk
 
Value of a Vintage Desk
 

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The first thing that needs to be done is to figure out who has made this desk. Normally you can find some sort of marking on the bottom of the desk, inside a drawer, or on the back of the desk. See what company made this desk. That makes it a lot easier to narrow down the date the desk was made and find other desks like this one. If you can't seem to find any of this information about the desk it is time to visit a vintage furniture shop and show them pictures of the desk. They will be able to help out in identifying the desk. You can also try a few online websites that help to give you an idea about how much the item is worth. There are several of them online. Some are free and others you need to pay. All the sites require you to create an account. Here is one site you can check out if you don't have a dealer in your area that can help you out - www.valuemystuff.com/.../antique-furniture

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This brings me back to the 1960s and the furniture that was in our local Sears furniture department. It may be a Sears piece. Here is a link to a catalog:

www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNRi5w9rSZry8D_xmJzr9_hgpwt_Mw...

The legs look the same as does the trim and handles.

Depending on where you are located this piece could be worth up to $250. It seems like it sells best on the east coast (like NJ seems to be a huge fan of this style.)

It depends on where you are the supply and the demand for this piece. Most people want the entire set (it was a dresser, desk, shelves, night stand and bed stand).

Nice piece!! Definitely brings back fond memories of my first fascinations with furniture!

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If your piece does not have any markings or even numbers then it is probably one that was sold in a smaller furniture outlet. That does not mean it is not worth more than $75.

The drawer pulls (not the knobs as they are pretty common) are different than most furniture in this style. I have not seen any like them so I'm thinking these may help someone identify your piece.

This appraisal site does a good job but they do charge for any information.

www.valuemystuff.com/.../antique-furniture

There are some sites that will appraise items for free but most will not give a full appraisal unless the item is worth over $500 - but then - how do you know that until you ask?
You can send pictures and any provenance and see what they say.

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html

The actual value will depend a great deal on where you live as this type of furniture is costly to ship so most pieces are listed as local pick up only.
Maybe you can check some of the sites that offer this and see what similar pieces are selling for in your area.

If you do not find out anything further about the true age or 'worth' I would suggest you start your price at $250 and lower it if no one shows any interest.

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July 19, 2021

Hello, I would like to know how much this buffet table with mirror is worth it. Wood, over 100 years old, in a very good condition.

It has been with me for over 30 years. Thanks for your help.

A small buffet table with a mirror.
 
The open front doors of the buffet table, exposing the drawers inside.
 
The open sides of the buffet table, exposing the shelves.
 
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