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Normally on the bottom of the vase, there should be some sort of marking to help us identify the face. If you can find these markings and add them here it would help so much. Otherwise, it is very hard to help you and identify the vase and the value of this vase.
You need to know who manufactured it. Look at the bottom for markings
It is quite lovely.
If there are no markings it will be challenging to determine a value. If you think it is over 100 years old, you could try taking it to an antique store and ask for assistance to value for insurance purposes. They may be able to give you info and a value. One of the challenges of cases is telling real from reproductions. This usually takes a very skilled expert, who are often hard to find.
Once you id it and set a value, selling an item like this online is a nightmare as it is extremely fragile and the weight makes shipping costs outrageous. You are better off selling locally like through an antique store, auction house or consignment store. If it is new and has little value, you could do Craig's list or Facebook marketplace.
Let me know about the markings and then we can chat about how to determine value. Thanks for sharing!
I was able to locate the exact shape/replica of your floor vase with information of antique seller who has it up for sale. The vase has measurements given and other pertinent information which will help you determine pricing. The only difference between the two vases are the patterns used. You can see an up close picture of the vase for comparison.
P.S. After contacting the antique dealer you might take some close up pictures of your vase and email them for further identification. His vase does not have any markings on the bottom.
I am preparing a home for an estate sale and I'm finding lots of items that are vintage and/or collectibles. I'm having trouble finding values for these items. They range from angels, to suitcases, to cameras, to keys. I can't find anything like them on typical internet sites. How can I find their value without spending a fortune for appraisals?
By Sharon Lamoreaux from Neosho, MO
Have you tried looking on ebay for similiar items? I get ideas on pricing from there.
You can also try http://www.kovels.com
Agree with the poster who mentioned Kovels as a good research source; the problem with Ruby Lane is that you're getting generally higher retail markup figures. In other words, you'll find a lot of items with bloated pricing. If you research through eBay, keep in mind that generally, things will sell on eBay for only about 33% of what they'd go for in a brick-and-mortar store.
Also resellers, eBayers and antique dealers usually flock to these estate sales looking for a deal; you don't want to overprice--but you certainly don't want to under price, either.
Google, Google, Google. It may be a pain if time is at a premium for you, but researching as much as you can in as many places online as you can will work in your favor.
Example: you have a doodad that your neighbor says looks very valuable; you search it and see it selling in various places for $50, $100, $45, $80. Average it out and price it just a couple of dollars over to take "haggling" into consideration.
The average price for the imaginary item above is $68.75. I'd price it for $80 and take $70 for it if someone wants to haggle. Hope this helps a little.
I have a grille ornament/emblem for a Apherson 8 automobile. Where can I find the value of this "item"? I need all of the help or suggestions I can get. Thanks.
By Joyce Lambert from Nokomis, AL
Well, you could go to hemmings.com. They deal with old autos and parts. I would either click on classifieds or customer service and click on contact them with your question.
There is likely an antique car club in your area. If you contact someone with such an organization, they will be able to put you in touch with the right people who can do a valuation of this item.
Thank you for the suggestions, will put them to good use.
Thanks so much for your help. We will give this a try.
Beau D is definitely correct about checking on the bottom but check with Kovels before eBay! I know first hand that most ebay buyers pay only penny's on the dollar :-( You can go to your local library to check through Kovels books for free or go to: www.kovels.com/
Anyone know the value of an antique typewriter ribbon tin, or where I can find information? Thank you.
By Pattie McIntyre from Bridgton
You can try going on to E-bay and doing a search. This way you are able to see if the item is an exact match, condition etc. You can also look under completed listings to see if and when as well as how much the item sold for if it sold. On the G.I. Joes I also have a good amount of them from when I was a kid along with transportation rigs, clothes, accesories etc. I was disapointed to see they were not worth as much as I had hoped so I will hold on to mine for another 30 years and possibly pass them down a generation. Good Luck!
Go to www.tias.com (the internet antique store) Then type in,antique typewriter ribbon tin, in the search line. They have four there that are for sale. Maybe one is like the one you have and will give you an idea of how much it is worth.
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We have several old toys (G.I. Joe 1972), an early 40's typewriter and much more. The trouble is I have no clue about their value. The only "antique" shop around here is really a junk shop. Still cool, mind you, but not much help. Can anyone tell me how to find out the value of all this?
Variven from Goldsboro N.C.
Go to the library, they have some very good books that are price guides for antiques. (01/20/2006)
Kovels has a good site (01/20/2006)
Check on Ebay and see what they are bringing, and have brought, in the past few months. (01/20/2006)
Search on ebay for the same items that you have. You will get an idea the value of your items. Also check "Completed Listings" on ebay, for the items. (01/20/2006)
Be sure that the books and information you use for pricing is as current as possible. Collectibles can vary with the times and condition of the item. Remember, true value is only what someone is willing to pay and will pay for the item. Good luck! (01/20/2006)
Be leery of the price on e-bay auctions. People will overbid for a lot of items, thinking it is a good deal, while some people will sell them cheap, because no one wants it. Check your yellow pages for appraisers, sometimes they have a specialty or can point you to the right direction. (01/20/2006)
1. Go to a good book store where they will carry magazines on antiques.
2. Check out the library.
3. Check out antique sites on google such as instappraisel.com and others web pages.
4. Ebay has a web page for appraising antiques. (01/21/2006)
The best place I found was Barnes and Noble bookstore. They let you look at the books, and also they have a lounge area where you can look and enjoy a cup of coffee. I could spend hours in there. (01/21/2006)
By amy from ny
Things that are not really rare, just collectible, check completed auctions on ebay. This is what people are willing to spend for an item. Price guides are fine, but are only that, a guide. (05/02/2009)